Atwater Beer Buzz September 13

Greetings! 

We’re continuing to get regular daily showers, and hope it continues when it’s snow!, but nothing like the Front Range is experiencing. Our heartfelt “dry” wishes to everyone who is bailing out and repairing water damage. We hope that you’re safe and sound, albeit wet.

We had an absolutely fantastic Sip, Savor & Brew Weekend with the Colorado Brewers Guild and special guests Leslie & Steve Kaczeus from Bootstrap Brewing Co., Brian Lutz from West Flanders Brewing Co., and Charlie Berger from Denver Beer Co.  Friday’s Meet the Brewmasters event was such a success & the energy so high that our bartender asked if the mountain had opened for ski season! 

Both the informal discussions and the Seminars had a bit of a historical twist over the course of the weekend, with talk about Colorado’s craft beer history, Denver Beer Co. revitalizing their piece of Denver, Brian Lutz talking about Belgian history and his tour of ancient brewery equipment, and Steve & Leslie Kaczeus making their mark in Niwot starting with “the ugliest building they could find.” Interwoven was a healthy dose of cutting edge technology, not the least of which are the internet based blogs that our media guests create and maintain. Both Eater Denver and Denver Off the Wagon spent the weekend with us.  Click here to see their first feedback from the weekend.

This chapter of Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek featured a Small Plates menu showcasing one beer from each brewery (plus a fourth from Trinity Brewing Co.) and custom designed menu pairings by the Atwater on Gore Creek Culinary Team – as is customary. However, the feedback from these pairings was talk of “best ever”, with favorite pairings covering the gambit but favoring Bootstrap’s Merlot Aged 1956 Golden Ale paired with a Panzanella Salad, Watercress, Chervil, Spinach, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Lemon and a Pork Cinnamon Roll with Apples, Raisins, Braised Greens, and Brandy Jus paired with Trinity Oh Face Saison Provisional. Delicious! And kudos to the Atwater Culinary Team for those amazing creations. 

Many thanks to John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, for gathering our brewers together for this amazing weekend and coordinating such an amazing panel of seminars and discussions. It was fantastic, and we look forward to next year! 

Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings continue to be quite popular, and Lucas was pouring his array of Oskar Blues products to a steady panel of guests and locals this week. Although there were several favorites among the selection, the Deuce, a hoppy brown ale only available at the tap room, was the buzz throughout the tasting. Many thanks to Lucas for his time, great selection of products, and knowledge that he shared with the crowd. 

Next Wednesday Odell Brewing Co. will be hosting our weekly complimentary tasting, and Brian Dillon will be bringing fun selections from their portfolio. Join us from 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside as usual, and enjoy 20% off of Small Plates while you’re at it. I’ll post Brian’s picks on the Atwater on Gore Creek facebook page in advance. We’ll see you there! 

New on our craft beer list this week are: 

  • Avery Twenty, Imperial IPA, Boulder, CO (cellar list)
  • Dogfish Head Festina Peche, neo-Berliner Weisse, Milton, DE
  • Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Seattle, WA
  • Elevation Little Mo Porter, Poncha Springs, CO

Flights and Bites continue this week, with 50% off of your choice of a Small Plate with the purchase of a Craft Draft Flight. The current flight continues, although changes are imminent: 

  • Goose Island Honkers Ale
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Great Divide Rumble IPA
  • Mendocino Eye of the Hawk
  • Ohara’s Irish Stout

The leaves are starting to change to gold, one leaf at a time, and we’re looking forward to a glorious Fall.

Thanks so much for your support of our craft beer program, and stay dry out there!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program