Atwater Beer Buzz November 17
Officially 13" of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours, and I would say that I have shoveled at least 30" of snow this week. It's extra cool because it's the light, dry powder, which makes me want to be up on the mountain! Not as good for snowmen, perhaps, but with 30" you can make a really good snowman no matter what the snow is like. It's going to be a fantastic opening weekend!
The culinary team is really excited for this Brewmaster's Weekend because they got to taste and create a Small Plates pairing for an Avery beer that was just released today. Tweak is Mephistopheles Stout from the Avery "Demons of Ale" Series with a ton of coffee added, and then aged in bourbon barrels for 4 months. It's going to be a special treat for everyone attending next weekend's event!
A brief recap for this coming weekend's event:
Friday from 4 - 7pm in Fireside Bar will be Meet the Brewmaster with Avery's Head Brewer and Production Manager, Matt "Truck" Thrall. Truck and his team will be pouring a selection of Avery beers and are available to visit about craft beer for the duration. This is a complimentary event, so feel free to stop by at any point to visit and try a couple of their beers.
Saturday is the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event in Atwater on Gore Creek. The culinary team will tag team as your tour guides with Truck for an exclusive walk through four Avery beers and small plates created especially for this event. Seating is at 6pm and the event is $35/person. We suggest reservations in advance to hold your seats. There are already several advance reservations on the books.
Avery Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest Butternut Squash-Foie Gras Terrine
marbled rye Texas toast, apple caraway gastrique
Avery DuganA Double IPA Chilled Citrus Octopus and Tempura Calamari
orange peel, caper, red peppers, olives
Avery PumpKYn Braised Pork Cheek
Meyer rum roasted pineapple, pomegranate Fresno chili puree
crispy chili dusted pumpkin
Addictive Donut Holes Five Ways
root beer, ginger, licorice, coconut, boston cream
To reserve your seats, you can either email Laura or call the Vail Cascade at 970.479-7014. If you're able to come at the last minute, please call rather than emailing, as I will be setting up for the event and am likely to miss your email.
We are currently dialing in the Avery special for the weekend, but please know that there will certainly be one available. I'd like to be able to offer a little bit of Avery holiday cheer, so will leave the exact selection as a mystery for now.
Vail Cascade always offers complimentary valet parking for Fireside Bar and Atwater on Gore Creek guests. This is especially good to know when it's snowing and ski season. We won't let parking challenges get in the way of Brewmaster's Weekend!
Have a terrific week, and we look forward to seeing you on Friday or Saturday!
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