Atwater Beer Buzz November 30

Greetings!

Vail mountain is open, the Thanksgiving turkey has become leftovers, we had a wonderful weekend with Peter Bouckaert from New Belgium and Andy Brown from Wynkoop, and the Holiday/Winter beers are rolling in! It’s officially the best time of the year for beer, in my opinion.

Our guests were delighted to visit with Peter & Andy last Friday and drank everything they brought to sample to the very last drop! It was quite a selection of samples, from Wynkoop’s Pumpkin Ale and 2012 Brewjolais Nouveau collaboration to a variety pack of the Lips of Faith series from New Belgium. The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event was a smaller group of Thanksgiving escapees this round, and every pairing presented by the Atwater culinary team was well-received. “Best pairing” as voted by many was the 2011 Brewjolais Collaboration paired with seared venison lion, black pepper biscuit, strawberry balsamic glaze and tiny basil. However, there were also some enthusiastic votes for the New Belgium Peach Porch Lounger paired with a jumbo lump crab cake, mandarin orange, pickled onion, pea tendrils and saffron foam. Delicious!!

As fast as we complete our Thanksgiving weekend, we’re looking forward to our next Brewmaster’s Weekend on December 7 & 8 with Dave Thibodeau from Ska Brewing Co. Watch the Vail Daily next week for Dave’s Ale with Altitude column in preparation for his weekend at the Cascade! The beers selected for our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing adventure with Dave are as follows:

  • Ska Modus Hoperandi
  • Ska True Blonde
  • Ska On The Sly Again Weizenbock
  • Ska Mole Stout

I will certainly post the menu as soon as it’s available, and it promises to be tasty! To summarize our Brewmaster’s Weekend schedule, Friday 12/7 will be our Meet the Brewmaster event in Fireside with open sampling from  4 – 7pm, and Saturday 12/8 will be Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing starting at 5pm. There is no cost for Friday’s tasting, and Saturday’s pairing event is $25/person including beer samples, small plates and a tasty guided tour by both the Brewmaster and the culinary team from Atwater on Gore Creek, our Vail restaurant. For reservations, please either email me back or call Atwater (970-479-7014). We’ll see you there!

New on our craft beer list this week are:                

  • Maredsous Brune (8), Belgium                
  • Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Milton, DE (cellar list)

This week’s Featured Flight will be:                

  • Great Divide Samurai                
  • Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale                
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale                
  • Avery IPA                
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine

And our Craft Draft Flight is:                

  • Hacker-Pschorr Weisse                
  • Stone Pale Ale (may rotate over the weekend)                
  • Samuel Adams Winter Ale                
  • Boulder Mojo IPA                
  • New Belgium 1554

Atwater on Gore Creek is still running several special dining offers in Vail, including Large Plates and Pizzas, now at 25% off. We’ll look forward to seeing you to chill in Fireside Bar with a craft beer & small plates or for a lovely dinner in Atwater! (paired with craft beer, of course!)

Stay warm, and have a great weekend!

Laura