Atwater Beer Buzz July 4

Happy Fourth of July! 

Spectacular weather, amazing fireworks, barbecue, bicycles, parades, concerts…and craft beer! What else could complete that list in a better way? We have red, white & blue specials of all varieties happening in our Pool Cafe, in Atwater & in Fireside Bar as well as special complimentary craft beer tastings for the holiday weekend.

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. will be here hosting Friday’s (tomorrow) tasting from 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside Bar. Just like our Wednesday tastings, there will also be $2 slices of Atwater pizza  and free samples of each of the beers that Jack brings from the brewery in Edwards. 

Bonfire Brewing Co. from Eagle, CO will be here on Saturday (day after tomorrow) to host the same kind of event, same place, same time, complete with complimentary samples, $2 pizza slices and knowledgeable people to visit with about craft beer. Thank you so much, gentlemen! We appreciate all of your support during this crazy holiday period. 

Speaking of Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings, Skylar from Upslope Brewing Co. had a crazy busy tasting yesterday, and was completely cleaned out of his Upslope Lager, Pale and Imperial IPA. He said the mix of people and places they were from was really diverse, and makes the tasting that much more effective. Thanks again to Skylar for his time, product and craft beer knowledge! 

Next Wednesday, July 10th, look for Tracey Kling to be in Fireside showing Great Divide products. Once again, 4:30 – 6:30pm, complimentary samples and $2 pizza slices. I’ll post the products that she’s bringing on our Atwater on Gore Creek facebook page when I know what they will be. 

We had a wonderful weekend with Kevin DeLange and Bill Eye for our first ever Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek weekend. Dry Dock and Prost Brewing Companies hosted this inaugural event, and took our weekend pass holders through a variety of craft beer-centric activities. Following the traditional ‘Meet the Brewmasters’ event on Friday, attendees participated in lively interactive discussions about craft beer with the Brewmasters, indulged in their choice of craft beer floats (Friday) and Devil’s Food Cake pairings (Saturday) for desserts, experimented with various cheese and cured meat pairings, learned about (and tasted) worldly craft beer cultures, and joined a larger group for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing experience. 

It was a ton of fun, educational, and very interesting to learn about craft beer from the many perspectives that were shared throughout the weekend. The Atwater on Gore Creek team brought some excellent food pairings to the table for both the Cheese & Charcuterie seminar and the traditional Small Plates & Craft Beer event. Everyone was excited about their experience, with lots of discussion about joining the group once again for the next Sip, Savor & Brew weekend September 6 & 7th. Many thanks – once again – to Kevin and Bill for bringing a plethora of fantastic beers, taking the time to be here, and sharing their opinions about (and passion for) the craft beer industry as a whole. 

In the meantime, the July Brewmaster’s Weekend is coming up quickly with Upslope Brewing Co., so mark your calendars for July 19th and 20th. This is a “reverse weekend” in that we will be having the Small Plates & Craft Beer event in Atwater on Friday (6pm - $25), and the Meet the Brewmasters event in Fireside on Saturday (4 – 7pm). Alex Violette, Head Brewer, will be joining us for a wonderful weekend of Upslope craft beers and fun discussion. As I know what the beers will be for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing I will certainly share them with you, and I’m sure the menu will be out soon as well. To make reservations, either email me back or call 970-479-7014 for the Atwater team. 

Remember the Atwater Sweepstakes? We have a July winner! Amanda Burton is our winner for a night at the Vail Cascade and two seats at the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event with Upslope Brewing Co. Congratulations Amanda!! To register to win for the August Brewmaster’s Weekend and December Brewmaster’s Weekend, go to www.AtwaterSweepstakes.com. Could be the ultimate escape for craft beer!!

New on our craft beer list this week are a few items:

  • Steamworks Colorado Kolsch, Durango, CO (draft)
  • Mendocino Eye of the Hawk, Strong Ale, Ukiah, CA (draft)
  • Ohara’s Irish Stout, Dry Stout, Carlow, Ireland (draft)
  • Avery Salvation, Belgian Golden, Boulder, CO (large format)
  • Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Boston, MA (draft)

With the rotation of the Angry Orchard Cider to Samuel Adams Summer Ale, we complete the draft rotation until the beginning/middle of August. So the complete draft rotation and Craft Draft Flight going forward is:

  • Samuel Adams Summer Ale
  • Steamworks Colorado Kolsch
  • Elevation First Cast IPA
  • Mendocino Eye of the Hawk
  • Ohara’s Irish Stout

Flights and Bites is still going on daily, so your 50% off the small plate of your choice comes with your flight from 3 – 6pm. We look forward to seeing you at one (or all) of the Craft Beer Tastings going on, and will hold your seat for the next Brewmaster’s Weekend when we hear from you.

Happy 4th of July holiday, and thank you so much for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program