Vail Cascade's Brewmaster's Weekends Return in 2014

Greetings!

We are delighted to report that Vail Cascade's Brewmaster's Weekends are on the calendar for 2014! We have had many requests for more opportunities to enjoy these weekends in Fireside Bar and Atwater on Gore Creek, and are pleased to continue the tradition. Locals, resort guests, the craft beer community and our staff have all enjoyed participating in our Meet the Brewmaster and Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing events over the past two years.

If you are new to our Brewmaster's Weekends, they are simply the best opportunity to meet and visit with craft brewery owners and/or their brewmasters in a comfortable resort setting. Friday night features a complimentary "Meet the Brewmaster" session from 4 - 7pm in Fireside Bar with ample time to sample several craft beers and visit with the brewmaster and his/her team. Saturday adds a food pairing component to the weekend, with the culinary team from Atwater on Gore Creek creating pairings with four craft beers selected by the brewmaster. These are served in a more formal setting, accompanied by a guided tour from both the brewmaster and the culinary team, course by course.

Those of you who are Brewmaster's Weekend veterans know that the Atwater Team has been providing nearly an entire dining experience with their four "small plates" during the Small Plates & Craft Beer  event, and will understand our new price point of $35/person. The location remains the same, as does the limited seating for the event and the 6:00 seating time on Saturday evening. We imagine that we will continue to finish up around 7:30pm as we traditionally have in the past.

So mark your calendars! We will be hosting Brewmaster's Weekends three times this year!  The dates are:

  • July 18 & 19 (prime summertime)     
  • September 5 & 6 (Vail Oktoberfest weekend, too)     
  • November 21 & 22 (Vail Mountain opens)

We will be updating you every couple of weeks with new developments and events to watch for. This week we can give you a heads up that Colorado Craft Beer Week is just around the corner! March 21 - 29 will be crammed with Colorado craft beer features and events. For more information, stay tuned here.  The headline event for this celebration is the Collaboration Festival, which is being held on March 22 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Curtis Hotel in Denver. There will be several events held throughout the Vail Valley as well.

As breweries and brewmasters confirm for our Brewmaster's Weekends, we'll be sure to let you know who's coming and when to fill in more specifics for your calendar. Reservations for the Small Plates events for each weekend will be important, and we're happy to help with those.

We're looking forward to seeing you all again soon, and in the meantime we hope you're out there enjoying all of this crazy snow and sunshine that Springtime in Vail brings. We have our own "Springfest" program at the Vail Cascade, and it's a ton of fun, so come join us!

Laura Lodge
Customized Craft Beer Programs

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." - Henry David Thoreau

Craft beer resources:  Distribution Insight for the Craft Brewer, by Laura Lodge  www.distributioninsight.com     
Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival, Vail, CO  January 9 - 11, 2014  www.bigbeersfestival.com