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Atwater Beer Buzz May 31

Greetings!

What a beautiful, sunny, picture-perfect Memorial Day Weekend it was! The ideal way to kick-off a sunny season of fantastic events and adventures at the Vail Cascade. Evening Dive-In Movies at the pool, S’mores at the fire pit on the pool deck, and more…

AC Golden brought our Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings to life once again, with their Apricot Sour and Colorado Native on hand for guests and locals alike. There were several folks who tried sours for the first time, and it’s always cool to expand craft beer horizons. Heartfelt thanks to Kordi for filling in and spending time with us, as Cody was stuck behind the Debeque rock slide. 

Next week Sarah will be joining us on Wednesday from Left Hand Brewing Co., so mark your calendars for 4:30 – 6:30pm and get ready for some tasty treats! She will be bringing Left Hand Juju Ginger, Sawtooth, Stranger Pale Ale, Milk Stout and a special bottle of Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout as a treat. Remember that you can make an early dinner of it with our $2 pizza slices, too! 

We have been doing Cicerone Beer Server studying over the off-season, and are getting everyone ready to take the exam. The F&B team has been excited to soak up additional craft beer knowledge, and I’ll be curious to see who is interested in pursuing their certification. The Vail Cascade has stepped up to the occasion and approved the Beer Server Certification as ‘continuing education’, so those who do pass the test will be refunded their exam fee for their efforts. If you’re interested in pursuing your own certification, you can get more details here.

Atwater Sweepstakes are going strong, and people are jumping on board to enter for their free seats & one night stay at the Cascade this summer during our Brewmaster’s Weekends. If you haven’t entered yet, head over to www.AtwaterSweepstakes.com to get your name entered for as many of the opportunities as you’d be able to attend. 

Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek is less than one month away! We’re really excited to roll out our first intense craft beer weekend with Kevin DeLange from Dry Dock Brewing Co. and Bill Eye from Prost Brewing Co. Come join us for a craft beer immersion weekend in the mountains and spoil yourself a little while you’re at it. The rates for lodging don’t get any better than this, and it’s going to be a fantastic weekend! For more information, check out our webiste for dining offers

Atwater on Gore Creek is celebrating your birthday! With proof of your birth date on your birthday, you receive a free entrée when you dine with us. So what better excuse to do a full beer pairing dinner? That’s a birthday treat indeed! 

Vail Valley Locals are about to receive an additional treat! Starting today, if you show proof of local residency you get 20% off of your entrée. That makes dining out a lot more accessible, and we look forward to seeing our locals more often. Perhaps dining with us after sampling our craft beers on Wednesday afternoon…that would be an ideal evening. With your American Homebrewers Association membership card, you get 20% off of your craft beer too!

Flights and Bites continues daily between 3 & 6pm and 9 & 11pm, and offers 50% off of a Small Plate when you purchase a Craft Draft Flight. That flight is currently:

  • Hofbrau München Hefe Weisse
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Porter
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider 

Our Springtime in the Rockies is a little unpredictable, but we always know the sunshine will be back soon. Come join us for some great adventures and amazing craft beer!

Thank you for your support of our program!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program


 

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Atwater Beer Buzz - May 17

Greetings! 

We’re back online with Spring, complete with sunshine and warmer weather, so everyone is out riding, fishing and hiking and soaking up the beautiful outdoors. At the Vail Cascade, we’re getting ready for our new Pool Bar to open and rolling out the Summer Craft Beer Programming, but first – some exciting news!

The American Homebrewers Association has officially rolled out new member benefits at the Vail Cascade Resort and Atwater on Gore Creek, so you can present your AHA membership card in Atwater or Fireside and receive 20% off  your craft beer purchase. We mentioned this was in process in last week’s email, and now the program is up and running.  AHA members also are all offered the craft beer discounted lodging link.

American Craft Beer Week continues throughout the weekend, and we have lots of happy guests enjoying 20% off of all of the American craft beers on our diverse list. You, too, can enjoy a delicious discounted American craft beer and watch the fishermen and kayaks float by on Gore Creek this weekend…

Get ready for Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings to begin again! The first tasting of the season will be on Wednesday May 29th, and Cody Butters will be here showing a variety of her AC Golden products for your tasting enjoyment from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Atwater will once again be offering $2 pizza slices during this time, so stop by for tasty pizza and great beers!

Check your schedules for June 28 & 29th!  Kevin DeLange from Dry Dock Brewing Co. and Bill Eye from Prost Brewing Co. are concocting a fantastic Sip, Savor & Brew weekend in coordination with our culinary team. Last week we announced Seminar II, which will be “World Beer Cultures”, and this week we have finalized  Seminar I as “Charcuterie and Cheese”. It’s going to be a fantastic pairing adventure with a diverse selection of craft beers from Dry Dock & Prost as well as a tasty variety of culinary goodies. We’re still dialing in Saturday night’s Fireside Craft Beer Chat topic, but we should have that by next week. And, all of this in addition to our traditional “Meet the Brewmaster” tasting on Friday and Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing on Saturday. If you’re interested in attending all of the events, but don’t need lodging, you can participate in everything for $69/person. If you also need lodging, we have set up a killer deal for the weekend. View/print the flyer with details, and the online link and reservations contact information are there as well.

New on our craft beer list this week is:

Dillon Dam Dam Straight Lager, Vienna Style Lager, Dillon, CO

And Flights & Bites continues to offer you 50% off a small plate of your choice when you order your Craft Draft Flight, which is:

  • Hofbrau Munchner Hefe Weisse
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Vanilla Porter
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Enjoy a fantastic weekend, and we’ll save you a seat for your American Craft Beer Week selection of choice!

Cheers!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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Elevate your Dining with a Brewmaster Weekends in Vail

Pair the best of both worlds - award winning Colorado cuisine with a diverse variety of craft beer with Atwater On Gore Creek's lineup for their Brewmaster's Weekends.

For Atwater on Gore Creek's craft beer series, brewmasters and beer lovers will convene at the Vail Cascade for two days of craft beer immersion with our Brewmasters Weekends.

The format includes a “Meet the Brewmaster” craft beer sampling and a Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event co-hosted by the Brewmaster and Atwater Culinary Team. Meet the Brewmaster is free and open to the public and the craft beer and food pairing is $25 per person for a four-course small plate pairing especially created for each craft beer by the Atwater team. Advance reservations are required.

Learn more about Brewmaster Weekends in Vail. For reservations, call 970-479-7014.

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Atwater Beer Buzz May 10

Greetings! 

Are you ready for American Craft Beer Week? Quiet & peaceful it may be up here in the mountains, but there’s quite a bit going on for ACBW. For our part, we’re offering 20% off all American craft beers on our list all week – from Monday the 13th through Sunday the 19th. So swing by on your way through or come up  and soak up that springtime mountain air with our off-season rates! View all the ACBW events across the country here.

The American Homebrewers Association and Vail Cascade Resort are teaming up!  We are pleased to offer AHA members 20% off of their craft beer purchases year-round as well as that special craft beer lodging link that I’ve sent out to you all every so often. So if you’re an AHA member, dig out that membership card and come join us. Steve at the AHA will be sending out an email to AHA members with this new offer in the next day or so. 

Atwater Sweepstakes are back! Enter to win a 1 night stay at the Vail Cascade and 2 seats at the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing for the following Brewmaster’s Weekends: 

  • July 19/20: Upslope Brewing Co.
  • August 16/17:  Breckenridge Brewery
  • December 6/7:  AC Golden Brewing Co.

Go to www.AtwaterSweepstakes.com and enter for each weekend that you’d like to come!

The details for our first Sip, Savor & Brew weekend with Kevin DeLange of Dry Dock Brewing Co. and Bill Eye of Prost Brewing Co. are coming together nicely…and we’re excited! Both of the Brewmasters Seminars will be a collaboration of both Bill and Kevin, and we’ve determined that the second seminar of the afternoon will be titled: “World Beer Cultures”  Learn about the different styles of beers that are brewed in each culture and try some delicious samples over the course of the hour.

June 28/29 is the weekend for our inaugural Sip, Savor & Brew event, and it’s going to be a really intense, interesting, and fun focus on craft beer. The weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday pm:

  • 4:00 – 7:00pm - “Meet the Brewmaster(s)” tasting in Fireside
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm - Informal discussion, topic “The Future of Craft Beer”
  • 9:00pm - Craft beer/ dessert to wrap up evening

Saturday:

Activity options*
Rafting, Jeep Tour, Bike Vail Pass or Vail Mountain, Razor Tour, Zip-lining, Fly-Fishing/Casting Clinic on Gore Creek,  Self-guided Hiking, Aria Spa Treatment, or simply replax & enjoy the amenities of the resort. 

  • 2:30 – 3:30pm -  Brewmaster’s Seminar I
  • 4:00 – 5:00pm -  Brewmaster’s Seminar II: “World Beer Cultures”
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm -  Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm - Informal discussion, topic “tbd”
  • 9:00pm - Craft beer/ dessert to wrap up evening 

Sunday:

On your own, potential additional activity/travel day

*Activity options above are not included and are at your own expense.

View the Sip, Savor & Brew flyer for further information – and remember that SOCIAL members get a complimentary lodging upgrade! 

On our craft beer list there are a couple of things that are almost ready to rotate….but not quite yet. There are also  several items still on Winter Close-out sale, so if you’re up in our neck of the woods, come check them out! 

Flights & Bites is always going on with 50% off a Small Plate of your choice with the purchase of a Craft Draft Flight, which is currently:

  • Hofbrau Hefe Weisse
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Porter
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Have a fantastic weekend, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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Vail Cascade serves up the suds and sustenance while Vail doles out the outdoor inspiration

From summer hotel specials to weekend dining packages and craft beer tastings, Vail Cascade Resort provides the ideal mountain venue for summertime refreshment and sustenance at altitude. Check out Cascade's impressive lineup of craft beer and culinary experiences.

Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek

Starting in June, Atwater on Gore Creek will launch a new culinary craft beer experience dubbed Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek to enhance our monthly Brewmaster's Weekends. Designed to be more educational and experiential, the new program will feature several seminars and informal gatherings that will cover topics such as craft beer trends, pairing techniques, homebrewing, and more. Each seminar will be led by an expert, be it a brewmaster, brewery owner, Atwater chef or industry professional, and will provide ample time for interactive discussions between attendees and the presenters.

Brewmaster's Weekends

For this monthly series, brewmasters and beer lovers will convene at the Vail Cascade for two days of mingling, learning and sampling. The format includes a “Meet the Brewmaster” craft beer sampling and a Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event co-hosted by the Brewmaster and Atwater Culinary Team. Meet the Brewmaster is free and open to the public and the craft beer and food pairing is $25 per person for a four-course small plate pairing created especially for each craft beer by the Atwater team. Advance reservations are required for the Brewmasters Weekends and can be made by calling 970.479.7014.  

2013 Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek and Brewmaster's Weekends Lineup:

Guests interested in attending Brewmaster’s Weekends can book lodging or simply reserve seats for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings event. Sip, Savor & Brew lodging packages start at $330 and include two nights of accommodations and two passes to all craft beer events for the weekend. All Colorado Brewers Guild SOCIAL members receive a complimentary lodging upgrade. Guests interested in attending the Sip, Savor & Brew sessions without lodging can purchase a weekend pass for $69. To book a Sip, Savor & Brew lodging package, use promo code VCSSB13 when visiting www.vailcascade.com or calling 800.282.4183.

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Atwater Beer Buzz May 2

Greetings! 

Chilly sunshine during the day and snow at night, that’s what Vail is made of at the moment. It provides hope and inspiration for a beautiful spring and summer, but they aren’t here quite yet! American Craft Beer Week is just around the corner, though, so we’ll celebrate with tasty beers as we wait for the melt and warming to happen.

May 13 – 19th is the scheduled nationwide celebration of American Craft Beer (www.craftbeer.com).  The Declaration of Beer Independence begins  “I declare that these are historic times for beer, with today’s beer lover having inalienable rights, among these life, liberty, and the pursuit of hops and malt fermented from the finest of U.S. small and independent craft brewers …” and finishes with “I, therefore, declare to support America’s small and independent craft brewers during American Craft Beer Week and beyond…”

We’re making it easy for you to support America’s small and independent craft brewers by offering a 20% discount on all American craft beers on our list for the entirety of American Craft Beer Week. Join us in Fireside Bar for a terrific American craft beer & small plate or – better yet – enjoy our Atwater on Gore Creek “3 courses for $30” special and pair your dining experience with American craft beers. There’s no way you can go wrong! 

Keep Wednesday, May 29th on your radar for the return of our Wednesday Craft Beer Tasting events! AC Golden will be kicking it off and Left Hand Brewing Co. will follow on June 5. The series will continue throughout the summer and into the fall… There’s nothing quite like a complimentary beer tasting to get over the hump every week! 

You got the good word about our Brewmaster’s Weekends and the new Sip, Savor & Brew program in last week’s emails, and this week we are pleased to announce that the Sip, Savor & Brew Weekend on September 6 & 7 will feature the following special guests of the Colorado Brewers Guild: 

  • Steve & Leslie Kaczeus, Owners/Brewmaster, Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot, CO
  • Charlie Berger, Brewmaistes/Owner, Denver Beer Co., Denver, CO
  • Brian Lutz, Brewmaster/Owner, West Flanders Brewing Co., Boulder, CO 

Remember that Colorado Brewers Guild SOCIAL members get a free lodging upgrade for Sip, Savor & Brew weekends, so dig out those membership cards and get ready to be spoiled! If you need more information about the SOCIAL program, you can find it here:  http://coloradobeer.org/social 

Atwater Sweepstakes are going to be up and running for our newly scheduled Brewmaster’s Weekends as well, so stay tuned for the starting gun! You can enter for a free night’s stay and tickets for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing for each weekend that you would be available. More in next week’s edition! 

New on the craft beer list this week is:

  • Hofbräu München Hefe Weisse, Munich, Germany (draft) 

Our Flights & Bites promotion continues daily, and features the following Craft Draft Flight:

  • Hofbräu München Hefe Weisse
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Porter
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider 

If you’d like to find quiet in the mountain air, this is a great time to join us! Our booking link for the craft beer zone - with great rates  - can be found here.   Come on up and relax! We never know what Mother Nature will bring, but the hospitality, hot tubs, infinity pool, fantastic food, great craft beer and amazing views are always available. 

Enjoy your week, and thank you for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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