Atwater Beer Buzz May 27

Sunshine and blue skies have come to stay!

It was a beautiful summertime day today, and we're optimistic that we can keep it. The snowmelt is bringing the rivers up quickly, so rafting is rocking and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom. It's going to be an amazing wildflower summer with all of the snow that we had this winter!

In the land of craft beer, we've been working hard to bring you the menu for our Left Band Brewmaster's Weekend as early as possible. So we received the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings craft beer selection from Eric Wallace, and picked up samples from Sarah to get our menu development underway.

The beers that were chosen for this year's Left Hand Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings event are as follows:

  • Left Hand Good Juju
  • Left Hand Sawtooth Ale
  • Left Hand Stranger Pale Ale
  • Left Hand Black Jack Porter

...and there's a rumor that there might be an extra bonus course as a tribute to Nick's college fund (Eric's son that has joined him for our Brewmaster's Weekends), which would require some Milk Stout Nitro.

The menu development tasting was held Thursday, and the variety of suggestions & directions that each course could take was tremendous. So we'll let the dust settle and look forward to a final menu from the Atwater on Gore Creek culinary team sometime this week.

If you are interested in reserving your seat early for the Small Plates event on Saturday, July 19th at 6:00pm, please feel free to email me to hold your seats. Seats are $35++ with a 50 guest maximum. The amount of inquiries that have been received indicate that we will likely have a sold out event, so stake your claim whenever your schedule is definite.

Friday afternoon's Meet the Brewmaster is very informal and complimentary, with an opportunity to try several different Left Hand craft beers and visit with Eric Wallace, co-Founder and President of Left Hand Brewing Co. It's an "as you can make it" type of evening in the Fireside Bar from 4-7pm on Friday, July 18th.

We hope you can join us for one evening or both, and will certainly let you know as soon as we have a final menu for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings event. It will be delicious and informative, so put us on your calendar and we'll look forward to seeing you soon!

If you're coming up to the mountains for Brewmaster's Weekends or for any occasion, the Vail Cascade has a special booking code set up for craft beer people of all kinds. It's also an AHA membership benefit. The code offers a floating discount based upon availability, and has some amazing rates quite often. Click here to see what's available, but also check out the current Vail vacation lodging packages...it's good to check all options! 

In the meantime, spring into summer with this wonderful sunshine and enjoy the wildflowers! And perhaps some fishing too.

Laura Lodge,
Consultant Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks."
- Jack Penn

Craft beer resources:  

Customized Craft Beer Programs
Distribution Insight for the Craft Brewer, by Laura Lodge  
Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival, Vail, CO  January 8-10, 2015