Atwater Beer Buzz June 15

Greetings from the Cascade world of craft beer! 

Exciting progress to report on the Avery Brewmaster’s Weekend coming up on July 6 & 7th!  Dustin from Avery came up and tasted our culinary team's Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings, and it’s going to be incredible. Hands down delicious!

Our menu should be out shortly, but at this point I can let you in on the fact that the beers that we will be pairing include the Avery Holy Trinity (that’s Salvation, The Reverend, and Hog Heaven), Maharaja and Samael’s Ale. Samael’s is a special treat, as it’s a limited release product and has inspired a cult following on its own. I can attest to that, since a good portion of our culinary team belong to this cult. Just ask them. And five beers  you say….? Well, one of the four food courses is going to be a dual beer course, designed to showcase the similarities and contrasts between two of these wonderful creations. 

If you’d like to book your seat now on Saturday the 7th – even before the menu comes out – please let me know and I’ll make your reservation happen!

Yesterday evening was a reception for the Colorado Society of Association Executives, and I was pleased to host a craft beer table and sample the attendees. We showcased Avery White Rascal, Stone IPA and Left Hand Milk Stout as an approachable selection covering a variety of craft beer styles. About half of attendees were already familiar with craft beer and knew what they liked, and the other half were experimenting for the first time. Overall, very well-received! 

New this week on our craft beer list is the Dogfish rendition of Saison du BUFF.  For those of you who might not be familiar with this beer, it’s a collaboration between Stone, Victory & Dogfish Head, and the recipe is brewed & packaged at all three breweries. It’s a saison with parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme…so food-friendly is somewhat of an understatement. (are you singing along with Simon and Garfunkel?)  It’s in this Friday’s Featured Flight, so come check it out! 

Moving on to this week’s Friday Night Flights, we’ve got the following lined up for you: 

Friday Night Featured Flight ($7) available all day Friday: 

Weihenstephaner
New Belgium Dig
Rogue Dead Guy
Ommegang Three Philosophers
Anderson Valley Barney Flats 

Craft Draft Sampler ($7 on Fridays) will be: 

Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Bristol Laughing Lab
Ska Modus Hoperandi
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Fuller’s London Porter (may be rotated to Old Specked Hen on Nitro at this point) 

Special Note: Next week we will be hosting a conference for Boston Beer, so expect to see some unusual Samuel Adams products in house beginning on Monday. 

Remember that the Vail Cascade is right on the Vail Recreation Path for biking and hiking convenience, right on Gore Creek for fly-fishing and great scenery, has a beautiful pool patio and outdoor dining options….AND has complimentary valet service for our Atwater and Fireside patrons. 

It’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon or evening…plus we have a fabulous craft beer list! 

Hope to see you this weekend, and thank you so much for your support! 

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program
Vail Cascade Resort