Atwater Beer Buzz November 1


The snow angels have appeared, and with them about 10” of snow …and more on the way! It’s promising to be an amazing winter season so far, and we’re excited to be skiing in three weeks. That’s coming up really fast!

This week flew by, highlighted by a visit to Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder with Chefs Jay Spickelmier and Adam Smith on Wednesday. This trip is an annual favorite, preparing the menu for the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Calibration Dinner featuring Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Adam Avery from Avery Brewing Co. Our team tasted all of the beers that will be presented for the dinner and paired them into courses, brainstorming about food all the while. Several key members from the Avery Brewing team and Marketing team participated in the tasting, which is always amazing. Thanks to the Avery world for their hospitality! 

Tonight a VIP group of travel agency executives came in for dinner and we prepared a special craft beer pairing dinner for them. It was a tremendous success, and we’re proud to feature craft beer with the fantastic cuisine that the Atwater chefs prepare. It’s a wonderful combination! 

This Wednesday Tracey brought wonderful treats from Great Divide and poured for an extremely interested crowd during the snow storm. Everyone who was stuck on this side of the pass was happy to be in Fireside tasting Great Divide Nomad, Hibernation, Hoss, and more. Thanks so much to Tracey for her time and tasty beers! We, unfortunately, were on the other side of Vail Pass coming back from Avery and weren’t able to get back in time for the tasting. 

Next Wednesday Sarah Hautamaki will be bringing in several new Left Hand Brewing Co. products for us to try. She’s excited to showcase Left Hand Sawtooth Nitro and Wake Up Dead Nitro for you, and will be bringing Milk Stout Nitro just for fun. The regular Sawtooth will be here for comparison, and who knows what else….? It’s the usual formula: Fireside Bar, 4:30 – 6:30pm, complimentary tasting + 20% off Small Plates. We’ll see you then! 

Flights & Bites continues from 3 – 6pm daily, and we’re maintaining the Fall/Early Winter Craft Draft rotation for now: 

  • Prost Weisbier
  • Hoegaarden
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Epic Escape to Colorado IPA
  • Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown 

Have a wonderful weekend, and remember that we’re here with our 3 for $33 promotion in Atwater as well as 20% off entrees for Vail Valley locals. It’s prime time for discounted room rates, too…so a get-away weekend might not be a bad idea before the holidays begin. 

Thanks so much for your support of our craft beer program!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program