Atwater Beer Buzz September 20

Fall is in the air! 

You wouldn’t know it by looking at the aspen trees yet, but it just got substantially cooler in the last couple of days. I’m sure the beautiful gold blanket is just around the corner. It certainly is an exciting time for craft beer, too, as you get into the Fall seasonals and bigger, more complex flavors. ‘Pumpkin everything’ seems to be the hype, so we’re bringing in a variety to keep your taste buds hopping! We’ve enjoyed Shipyard Pumpkinhead and New Belgium Pumpkick, currently have Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter and Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin on our list, and are looking forward to Dogfish Punkin and perhaps some Upslope Pumpkin…plus Oktoberfests, Weisses, and all sorts of Fall spirit.

We have a really busy Fall season this year, with conferences and other group gatherings filling up the weeks – and weekend escapees taking over on the weekends. The Colorado Grand has been here this week, and our parking garage looks like a museum with all of the fantastic cars! Looking forward, our next Brewmaster’s Weekend will be December 6 & 7. Steve Fletcher will be coming up from AC Golden, showcasing products from their largely experimental world.  It will be a traditional weekend, with the Meet the Brewmaster event on Friday evening and Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing on Saturday at 6pm. 

Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings continue to be steady and quite popular. Brian Dillon poured for a diverse crowd of locals and guests this week, and the Odell products were very well received. Certainly the hop heads always enjoy the IPA and ‘lighter’ drinkers soak up the 90 Shilling, but there was a lot of discussion about the Odell portfolio with this crowd, enjoying everything that was in their glass. A nice compliment! Many thanks to Brian for his time, sharing his knowledge, and bringing great products to sample. 

Next Wednesday Jeff Kurtenbach from New Belgium Brewing Co is slated to host our tasting, so mark your calendar from 4:30 – 6:30pm and join us in Fireside Bar to sample a selection of New Belgium products. Small Plates will once again be 20% off for the duration of the tasting, so come enjoy! 

New on our craft beer list this week are the following: 

  • Prost Weisbier, Hefeweisen, Denver, CO (draft)
  • Avery Maharaja, Imperial IPA, Boulder, CO
  • Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale, Longmont, CO

Flights & Bites continues with an ever-rotating lineup. It’s changing in an unpredictable fashion this time, so it’s perpetually a surprise. Right now, the offering is: 

  • Prost Weisbier
  • Oskar Blues Mamma’s Little Yella Pils
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Great Divide Rumble IPA
  • Ohara’s Irish Stout

We have several different ‘special’ reasons to dine at Atwater on Gore Creek right now, including our 3 courses for $33 special and a locals promotion offering a 20% discount on entrees. Come down to relax on our creekside patio with a delicious seasonal craft beer…and have a fantastic weekend!

Thanks for your support of our Craft Beer Program.

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program