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Atwater Beer Buzz May 27

Hope you had a great Memorial weekend! It's the beginning of whitewater season and with the ucomping GoPro Mountain Games, there are plenty of reasons to come out of hibernation.  At Vail Cascade, the pool bar is opening in preparation for an amazing summer. Let the fun begin!

Brewmaster’s Weekend with New Belgium Brewing Co. is approaching quickly! Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert will be joining us on June 26 & 27 for a great weekend of craft beer.

Meet the Brewmaster in Fireside Bar, Friday from 4–7pm for a complimentary tasting and then Saturday will be the fantastic Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing starting at 6pm in Atwater on Gore Creek. Reserve your seats for this guided tour through four plates especially designed by the culinary team for these specific beers.  Discussion will be held between each course by both Peter Bouckaert and the Atwater Chefs. Seats are $35++ and can be reserved by either emailing Laura at or by calling 970.479.7014.

New update! The beers chosen for the Small Plates Pairing will be:

  • New Belgium Snapshot
  • New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA
  • New Belgium Pear Ginger Beer
  • New Belgium Cocoa Mole

The Fireside Feature coming up will be Odell Tree Shaker Peach IPA.

The Vail Cascade cellar program roll-out has been delayed to June 15 to coincide with staff training and the increase in business at the resort. While a bit disappointing that it wasn't available over the long weekend, the delay does allow for an additional list item to be available: Odell Myrcenario.

As your reward for checking out this blog, here’s the list that we have developed to tantalize you until June 15. As promised, more details and brewery links will be available on social media between now and then. Drum roll please...

  • Epic Elder Brett, Salt Lake City, UT
  • New Belgium La Folle, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Paradox Scully #24, Woodland Park, CO
  • Left Hand Great Juju, Longmont, CO
  • Boulevard Chocolate Ale, Kansas City, MO
  • Stone Chai Spiced Imperial Russian Stout, Escondido, CA
  • Deschutes Not the Stoic, Bend, OR
  • Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Bigfoot, Chico, CA
  • Odell Myrcenario, Ft. Collins, CO

The Cellar List criteria are few and flexible. We are featuring a single case of each beer, and the list will be perpetually rotating to show rare, limited release, allocated, iconic, experimental, unique and fun products. There are a crazy number of these beers. Finding them and scoring a case for your drinking pleasure is our goal.

Follow us on Facebook to see more about these delicious and unusual beers over the next 2 weeks. Have a tremendous week, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Laura Lodge
Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC

Big Beer, Belgians & Barleywines Festival, Vail, CO
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Sip, Savor and Explore the World of Craft Beer with Colorado’s Best Breweries

Paying homage to the barley, hops and avant-garde brewmasters that fill our mugs, Vail Cascade is excited to feature three Brewmaster's Weekends. Join us for an interactive look at the art and evolution of craft beer with some of Colorado's best craft breweries.

Mix, mingle, learn and of course, sample handcrafted, small-batch brews paired with the artisanal cuisine of Atwater on Gore Creek.

2015 Lineup for Vail Brewmaster's Weekends:

Format for Craft Beer Weekends in Vail:

  • Friday: Meet the Brewmaster and enjoy FREE samples in Fireside Bar at Vail Cascade from 4-7pm
  • Saturday: Sip, savor and enjoy a Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings experience in Atwater on Gore Creek at 6pm for only $35+ per person

If you're coming to the mountains for a Brewmaster's Weekend, be sure to take advantage of discounted hotel rates in Vail, using promo code VCBEER1. *Restrictions apply.

For more information on Vail Cascade's craft beer Brewmaster's Weekends, please call 970-479-7014. Lodging for craft beer weekends available at our Vail CO resort.


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