Atwater Beer Buzz February 15

Greetings from picturesque Vail! 

The snow is coming down, and it’s absolutely inspirational. Everyone has a smile to offer, a story to tell, and this incredible winter wonderland is why most of us live here. It’s fantastic! The Colorado craft beer scene is another reason to live here, and it’s cool that we’re called the Napa Valley of craft beer.

Last weekend was our Brewmaster’s Weekend with Eric Rode from Tommyknocker Brewery, and we had a wonderful time! Guests and locals flocked to Meet the Brewmaster on Friday evening, and tasted a wide variety of craft beers, including Jack Whacker Wheat – lightest on the palate, and Butt Head Bock – darkest on the palate. One of the favorite beers of the weekend was Tommyknocker Hop Strike Black IPA, which was also featured in Fireside and Atwater over the weekend. The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings were a hit, with attendees struggling to decide which pairing was the best one; the Day Boat Scallop & Black Cod with Tommyknocker Jack Whacker Wheat or the Baked Wild Blueberry Pancakes with Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale….?

Next Brewmaster’s Weekend will feature Rob Mullin from Grand Teton Brewing Co. in Victor, Idaho, so put it on your calendar! Friday, March 15th will be our Meet the Brewer event in Fireside from 4 – 7pm, and Saturday, March 16th is scheduled for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing at 5pm.

Our Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings continue – going strong! Jack Albertson from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co was here this week, and poured for a steady crowd from right at 4:30 until after 6:30pm. It was a busy Wednesday, and the crowd was pleased to taste several Crazy Mountain beers, including Crazy Mountain Lava Lake Wit, Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale, Crazy Mountain Amber, Crazy Mountain Cara de Luna, and Crazy Mountain Hookiebob IPA. 

Next Wednesday look forward to meeting Tina Zito from Samuel Adams, who will be showcasing several unique beers from their large collection including angry Orchard Ginger Cider. A few of those selected are Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL, Samuel Adams White Lantern and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring. Mystery beers will be part of this tasting, too…from their barrel collection. As always, 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside Bar.

For Valentine’s Day we featured three of the craft beers on our list:

  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout on nitro (draft)
  • Ommegang Three Philosophers
  • Lindemans Framboise 

New on our craft beer list this week are:

  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Bedford, UK (draft – on nitro)
  • Tommyknocker Hop Strike Black IPA, Black Rye IPA, Idaho Springs, CO
  • Ommegang The Art of Darkness, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Cooperstown, NY (cellar list)

 Our Friday Night Craft Draft Flight this week includes:

  • Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
  • Dry Dock Hefeweizen
  • AC Golden Colorado Native
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (on nitro)

I hope that you all have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, and if you’re in the Colorado Rocky Mountains that you get to enjoy all of this powder! (I just heard that we have 20” of fresh powder in the back bowls…and that’s a wonderful rumor!)

Thank you – as always – for all of your support of our craft beer program!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program