Atwater Beer Buzz - May 1

Greetings craft beer fans!

Our Sweet Indulgences Craft Beer Learning Package was a tremendous success on Friday, and our guests reported that “we had exceeded their expectations” with this experience. This was a surprise 30th birthday celebration weekend, and Sweet Indulgences was their kick-off upon arrival. I hope the rest of the weekend was an equal success!

It was a neat experience to walk through five different Atwater desserts: our White Chocolate Cheesecake, Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, and Chocolate Mousse Cake from the top, and then we introduced Craft Beer Ice Cream Floats and finished off with a nice Cheese Plate & Berries…complete with narration and discussion with Executive Chef Todd Bemis. With each dessert we brought out a craft beer pairing: Unibroue La Fin du Monde, New Belgium 1554, Ommegang Three Philosophers, Lindeman’s Framboise & Odell Cutthroat Porter for floats, and Samichlaus for the finale with the cheese plate. It’s always interesting to see which pairings are favorites and who likes sweet vs. coffee and bitter flavors in their desserts.

I’m announcing this week’s Featured Flight and other information early this week, as I’m heading off to the Craft Brewers Conference this evening. We will be hosting our Friday Night Flights as usual, and were so pleased to have enthusiastic local support last Friday! I hear rumors that there’s going to be a craft beer cult meeting at Fireside each Friday…

Remember for off-season we are opening at 5pm and are serving craft beer, small plates, entrees and desserts in Fireside Bar.¬†Oh, yes…there are also tasty specialty drinks and our phenomenal wine list available for those who have non-craft groupies coming in with them, and we always have great options for kids of all stages & ages.

The Friday Night Featured Flight for May 4….as always $7.00... will be as follows:

  • Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weiss
  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Dixie Blackened Voodoo
  • Avery Maharaja
  • Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout

Our Craft Draft Flight… as always $7.00 on Fridays… is on the edge of rotating another beer, so I’ll list both IPAs as options:

  • Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
  • Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
  • Full Sail Amber
  • Great Divide Titan IPA (or) Ska Modus Hoperandi
  • Fuller’s London Porter

I will have placemats made for either option, and I suspect you all will determine which is on draft throughout the evening!

Last thing: Don’t forget that we have Craft For a Crowd as an option for your group as well! If you order 3 craft for a crowd flights (or more), then your group can choose from about 20 different craft beers on our list to create your own custom flight. It’s a very, very cool option, and it’s something I haven’t seen anywhere else. So come check it out!

As always – once again – Free Valet Parking for guests of Fireside and Atwater for your convenience.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy this terrific Spring weather!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program
Vail Cascade Resort

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