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Atwater Beer Buzz February 21


Just a brief update today, as the Rocky Mountain Microbrew Symposium is happening in Colorado Springs tomorrow and our wonderful, continual, light-as-a feather snowfall is making daylight travel a strategic advantage.

Our next Brewmaster’s Weekend with Grand Teton Brewing Co. is coming together nicely! The beers that have been chosen for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings are as follows: 

  • Sweetgrass American Pale Ale
  • Bitch Creek Extra Special Brown
  • Pursuit of Hoppiness Imperial Red
  • Double Vision Doppelbock

The culinary team is looking forward to creating samples for their magical menu creation, and I’ll keep you posted with menu development! In the meantime, March 15 & 16th (St. Patrick’s Day weekend!) are the dates for your calendar, and reservations are available for those of you who plan these things early. 

Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings continue in a wonderful way, and our guests were pleased to taste the new Samuel Adams offerings with Tina Zito yesterday. The White Lantern & Double Agent IPL were new to everyone, have just been released in the Vail Valley, and the Angry Orchard Ginger was a delicious and tasty treat. Thanks so much to Tina for being here! 

Next week Jeff Neuweiler will be here with a variety of Sierra Nevada products for your tasting pleasure, so join us – once again – from 4:30 – 6:30pm on Wednesday in Fireside Bar. The $2 pizza slices flew off the plate this week! 

New this week on our craft beer list are:

  • Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, Fruit Beer, Aurora, CO (draft) – probably tomorrow
  • Odell Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Cream Stout, Ft. Collins, CO – Big Beers Festival People’s Choice Award Winner (2013)

And our Craft Draft Flight is:

  • Dry Dock Hefeweizen (or Apricot Blonde)
  • Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
  • AC Golden Colorado Native
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (on nitro)

Enjoy all of the lovely powder this weekend, and I’ll report on the RMMS conference next week! Remember, complimentary valet parking for Atwater on Gore Creek as well as Fireside Guests – always!

Thanks for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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Aria Club's Recipe for a healthy Orange, Spiced Walnut & Cranberry Salad

Eating fruits and vegetables in season ensures that they will be fresh, at their peak flavor, and more abundant at the supermarket. Citrus fruits are typically grown from November through February, making them one of the few produce items available fresh in the winter. Check out this beautiful, lettuce-free salad that makes a festive side dish, or top with diced grilled chicken to make it a more filling meal.


  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (generous) ground ginger
  • 1 cup walnut halves and pieces
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 8 oranges, peel and white pith removed, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds, chilled
  • Fresh mint sprigs (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix honey, water, allspice, salt, and ginger in large bowl to blend.
  • Add nuts; toss to coat well.
  • Strain nuts, reserving liquid.
  • Transfer nuts to baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle nuts with sugar.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 17 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Whisk 3/4 cup water, cranberry juice and reserved liquid from nuts in medium saucepan to blend.
  • Stir in dried cranberries.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until cranberries soften and liquid is reduced to thin syrup, about 20 minutes. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Store nuts airtight at room temperature. Cover and chill cranberry mixture)
  • Arrange orange slices on platter.
  • Spoon cranberry mixture over.
  • Sprinkle nuts over.
  • Garnish with mint, if desired.

Serves 8

Source: Bon Appétit, December 1997


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Atwater Beer Buzz February 15

Greetings from picturesque Vail! 

The snow is coming down, and it’s absolutely inspirational. Everyone has a smile to offer, a story to tell, and this incredible winter wonderland is why most of us live here. It’s fantastic! The Colorado craft beer scene is another reason to live here, and it’s cool that we’re called the Napa Valley of craft beer.

Last weekend was our Brewmaster’s Weekend with Eric Rode from Tommyknocker Brewery, and we had a wonderful time! Guests and locals flocked to Meet the Brewmaster on Friday evening, and tasted a wide variety of craft beers, including Jack Whacker Wheat – lightest on the palate, and Butt Head Bock – darkest on the palate. One of the favorite beers of the weekend was Tommyknocker Hop Strike Black IPA, which was also featured in Fireside and Atwater over the weekend. The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings were a hit, with attendees struggling to decide which pairing was the best one; the Day Boat Scallop & Black Cod with Tommyknocker Jack Whacker Wheat or the Baked Wild Blueberry Pancakes with Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale….?

Next Brewmaster’s Weekend will feature Rob Mullin from Grand Teton Brewing Co. in Victor, Idaho, so put it on your calendar! Friday, March 15th will be our Meet the Brewer event in Fireside from 4 – 7pm, and Saturday, March 16th is scheduled for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing at 5pm.

Our Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings continue – going strong! Jack Albertson from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co was here this week, and poured for a steady crowd from right at 4:30 until after 6:30pm. It was a busy Wednesday, and the crowd was pleased to taste several Crazy Mountain beers, including Crazy Mountain Lava Lake Wit, Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale, Crazy Mountain Amber, Crazy Mountain Cara de Luna, and Crazy Mountain Hookiebob IPA. 

Next Wednesday look forward to meeting Tina Zito from Samuel Adams, who will be showcasing several unique beers from their large collection including angry Orchard Ginger Cider. A few of those selected are Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL, Samuel Adams White Lantern and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring. Mystery beers will be part of this tasting, too…from their barrel collection. As always, 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside Bar.

For Valentine’s Day we featured three of the craft beers on our list:

  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout on nitro (draft)
  • Ommegang Three Philosophers
  • Lindemans Framboise 

New on our craft beer list this week are:

  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Bedford, UK (draft – on nitro)
  • Tommyknocker Hop Strike Black IPA, Black Rye IPA, Idaho Springs, CO
  • Ommegang The Art of Darkness, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Cooperstown, NY (cellar list)

 Our Friday Night Craft Draft Flight this week includes:

  • Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
  • Dry Dock Hefeweizen
  • AC Golden Colorado Native
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (on nitro)

I hope that you all have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, and if you’re in the Colorado Rocky Mountains that you get to enjoy all of this powder! (I just heard that we have 20” of fresh powder in the back bowls…and that’s a wonderful rumor!)

Thank you – as always – for all of your support of our craft beer program!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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Atwater Beer Buzz February 7

Greetings!Do you have your reservations yet?

We’re expecting a full house this weekend, and we want our loyal craft beer fans  to have their seats reserved early for Saturday’s Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing with Eric Rode & the Atwater Culinary Team. The weekend schedule is attached, and for convenience is here as well:

BREWMASTER’S WEEKEND Friday, February 8 - Saturday, February 9 Eric Rode, Head Brewer Tommyknocker Brewery, Idaho Springs, CO

Meet the Brewmaster

  • Friday, February 8
  • Fireside Bar from 4pm–7pm
  • Open to the public, no charge
  • Sample a collection of Tommyknocker beers, meet & greet with Eric Rode & enjoy Tommyknocker specials all weekend long!

Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings

  • Saturday, February 9
  • Eric Rode, Tommyknocker Brewery
  • Vail Cascade Culinary Team
  • Atwater on Gore Creek at 5:00pm
  • Open to the public, $25 per attendee
  • *reservations encouraged*

Jack Whacker: Wheat Day Boat Scallop and Black Cod Coconut Water & White Tea Broth, Lychee Relish

Imperial Nut Brown Ale: Baked Wild Blueberry Pancakes Spiced Pecans, Smoked Pheasant, Pure Maple Syrup

Hop Strike Black IPA: Braised Colorado Lamb Shepard’s Pie Parsnip, English Pea, Potato Lattice

Butt Head Bock: Sour Cherry Cobbler Pine Nut Crumble, Basil Ice Cream, Cocoa-Cinnamon Tuile

For more information or reservations, call 970-479-7014.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and for your convenience I can also make reservations for you. Just email me back!

Don’t forget the Atwater Sweepstakes! We have 2 more drawings for our March & April Brewmaster’s Weekends, so sign up now! You can find the entry form at You can win 2 seats at the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings as well as a night in Vail at our lovely resort!

Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings continue to go smoothly and be very well-received. Many thanks to Jess Draper and her team from Upslope for being here last night! They were here for the final evening of a large bankers conference in-house, so it was a bit different than the norm with our leisure guests. Attendees were sampling Upslope IPA, Upslope Brown Ale, and the new seasonal, Upslope Foreign Style Stout. Next week we’re welcoming Jack from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., and I will post what he’s bringing on our Atwater on Gore Creek Facebook page. Mark it on your calendar now: Wednesday, February 13th from 4:30 – 6:30pm in the Fireside Bar.

New this week on our craft beer list are the following:                

  • Samuel Adams Alpine Spring, Kellerbier, Boston, MA (draft)                
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack, Imperial IPA, Paso Robles, CA (large format)                
  • Redstone Meadery Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon Sticks, Mountain Honey Wine, Boulder, CO (cellar list)

Note: Due to the rotation of Samuel Adams Winter Lager to Samuel Adams Alpine Spring, we will be introducing Dry Dock Apricot Blonde to our draft selection in order to diversify the flavor profile of our Craft Draft Flight.

Friday Night Flights –Craft Draft Flight this week:                

  • Samuel Adams Alpine Spring                
  • Dry Dock Hefeweizen                
  • AC Golden Colorado Native                
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA                
  • Anchor Porter

We look forward to seeing you this weekend for our Tommyknocker Brewmaster’s Weekend activities! Remember: We provide complimentary valet parking for our Atwater on Gore Creek and Fireside Bar guests for your convenience.

Enjoy the new snow and sunshine, and thank you so much for your support!  Laura

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Celebrate Romance with Valentine's Day Dinner in Atwater on Gore Creek

An edible journey for the senses....

The chefs at Atwater on Gore Creek invite you to join them on an edible journey designed to elevate your dining experience in the Vail Valley. Savor creative Colorado cuisine exquisitely paired with an eclectic list of craft beers that engage all the senses with their complex ingredients, aromatic flavors, and passionate presentations. Your table awaits

They say there is no better way to a man (or woman’s) heart than through the stomach, and the culinary team at Atwater couldn’t agree more. Celebrate romance in Vail and partake in our indulgent a la carte raw bar featuring sushi, sashimi, rolls, plus a variety of fresh shucked oysters, crab, lobster, jumbo shrimp and smoked salmon. A rose for the lady plus 25% off all split bottles of sparkling wine add the final touch.

  • Vail Valentine's Dinner at Atwater on Gore Creek
  • Thursday, February 14, 2012
  • Special raw bar + Atwater's menu of authentic Colorado grill entrees
  •  A rose for the lady
  • 25% off all split bottles of sparkling wine

Special Valentine's Day Dessert: Decadent chocolate hazelnut mousse, served with crystalized rose petals and violets, sweetheart truffle and strawberry sauce

To see our Vail restaurant's menu, check out Atwater's dinner menu.

Call 970-479-7014 for reservations or reserve online.

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Special Events in Vail at Atwater on Gore Creek

Nestled alongside Vail Mountain and Gore Creek, Atwater on Gore Creek is a premier Vail venue superbly suited to celebrate life’s special gatherings.

Whether it’s an intimate anniversary party, a grand wedding reception or a birthday celebration, Atwater on Gore Creek can accommodate any size of group. Let our experts customize the perfect menu and experience to make your special day even more grand. 

Check out Atwater's dining menus and call our wedding or special event experts at 970-479-7014 to help you plan an unforgettable experience in Vail. You won't be disappointed!

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