Atwater Beer Buzz August 1

Happy IPA Day! 

I hope you are all celebrating this auspicious holiday with your favorite IPA, or fantastic craft beer of some sort. If this nationwide event has escaped your notice, you can learn more about it via CraftBeer.com here. We’re celebrating here at the Vail Cascade with promotional pricing on all of the IPAs on our current list in Atwater and Fireside. What fun!

Plans are unfolding for our next Brewmaster’s Weekend with Breckenridge Brewery on August 16 & 17th. Todd Usry, who wears many hats at the brewery including Brewmaster and Director of Brewery Operations, has chosen the four beers that will be paired for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event on Saturday the 17th  at 6pm. Although the culinary team hasn’t tackled this pairing mission yet, here are the beers that will be on your placemat:

  • Breckenridge Agave Wheat
  • Breckenridge 471 IPA
  • Breckenridge Autumn Ale (just packaged today!)
  • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

Just as soon as the menu is finalized, we'll pass it along! To reserve your seats for this Small Plates guided tasting, you can either email or call Laura at 970-479-1514 – or call the Atwater hostess at 970-479-7014. It’s $25/person for four courses, co-hosted by Todd Usry and the Vail Cascade Culinary Team.        

Wednesday’s Craft Beer Tasting Series with Nic Blake from Eddyline was steady with lots of happy people wandering up from the pool, in the front door, down from their rooms…you name it! Eddyline River Runner Pale Ale, Jolly Roger Black Lager and Wild Raspberry were available for everyone to sample, and the summertime vibe continued through the sessionable beers to the stickers and koosies (how do you spell them?). Many thanks to Nic for his time, energy, tasty beers, and passion for his mission.

Next Wednesday Laura McLane will be here with Boulder Beer Co., and she’s planning a cool variety pack for you all to sample your way through. The tentative plan includes Boulder Sweaty Betty, Hazed & Infused, Buffalo Gold, Mojo IPA, and possibly some Hoopla. We’ll create some hoopla regardless, but that promises to be an adventure to run down the line. Mark your calendars for 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside Bar for the next tasting chapter!

New on our craft beer list this week is:

Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza, Belgian Strong Golden Ale, Dexter, MI (cellar list) 

Flights & Bites continues daily with 50% off of the small plate of your choice when you purchase a Craft Draft Flight. The draft system has been hampered by some cooling system repairs for the last day or so, but will be back up tomorrow. The current line up is as follows:

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

Enjoy that tasty IPA, and we’ll be back with more craft beer information next week!

Thanks so much for your support.

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program