Atwater Beer Buzz January 18


Congratulations are in order! Our Atwater Sweepstakes Winner for our February Brewmaster’s Weekend with Tommyknocker Brewery is Matthew Corbin. Matt has won two seats at the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing with Eric Rode from Tommyknocker and lodging for that evening at the Vail Cascade Resort.  Our next sweepstakes drawing is early February, so get yourself registered to win at

The Big Beers Festival was a huge weekend for Atwater and Fireside, and the group blew through more than 25 eclectic, donated kegs (5 gal) from the generous participating breweries over the course of Thursday and Friday. Both Brewmasters’ Dinners, which are double beer-pairing dinners with two Brewmasters, were a tremendous sold-out success with tasty pairings by the Atwater culinary team. And, in spite of the Bronco’s play-off game being scheduled at exactly the same time as the Commercial Tasting, craft beer fans crowded the Conference Center for Saturday afternoon. (the game was shown at the event as well)

Back to a more normal schedule, our Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings resumed Wedensday night with Brian Dillon from Odell Brewing Co. Resort guests and locals enjoyed a wide selection of Odell libations, from Odell 90 Shilling and IPA to their brand new Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout and Cutthroat Porter. The current seasonal, the hoppy Odell Red, was a highlight as well. Next week come on in to join Josh Breckel from Left Hand Brewing Co. as he treats us to a variety of Left Hand products from Longmont, CO from 4:30–6:30pm on Wednesday evening.

February 8th and 9th will be the target dates for our Tommyknocker Brewmaster’s Weekend, so make sure to mark your calendars! Friday evening from 4:00–7:00pm will be the traditional open tasting in Fireside Bar, and then on Saturday beginning at 5:00pm the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event takes over a section of Atwater on Gore Creek. The Tommyknocker team is currently selecting the beers for the pairing, and the culinary team will be working their magic shortly after. I’ll keep you posted with the beer selections, and then with the menu when it’s finalized! 

New on the craft beer list over the past 2 weeks are (lots of large format was sold over Big Beers!):

  • Great Divide Hades, Belgian-style Ale,  Denver, CO
  • Wynkoop B3K Black Lager, Schwarzbier, Denver, CO
  • Boulevard Sixth Glass, Belgian Quad, Kansas City, MO (large format)
  • Ska True Blonde Dubbel, Durango, CO (large format)
  • Left Hand Barrel Aged Wake Up Dead, Russian Imperial Stout, Longmont, CO (large format)

Friday Night Flights this week will feature the Craft Draft Flight ($7) only:

  • Bitburger Pilsner
  • Upslope Pale Ale
  • Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red
  • Sam Adams Winter Lager
  • Anchor Porter

Sending warm, Fireside thoughts your way during this chilly January and looking forward to seeing you here soon! Remember that we always offer complimentary valet parking to our Atwater on Gore Creek and Fireside Bar guests.

Thank you – as always – for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program