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Atwater Beer Buzz December 4

Let the snow games begin! 

This morning we can boast about a foot of snow, and it’s still coming down! Time for a snowman, making angels in the snow, a snowball fight…and to get up on the mountain for some amazing runs. Vail has more than 40 runs open – probably adding more today! - which is fantastic for this time of year.

We’re celebrating with our Brewmaster’s Weekend this Friday & Saturday, so come up and play in the snow with us…and enjoy some AC Golden treats afterward. Steve “Fletch” Fletcher will be here from AC Golden Brewing Co. from 4 – 7pm on Friday for “Meet the Brewmaster” in Fireside, visiting with everyone and pouring complimentary samples of a variety of AC Golden products. Stop in as you can, and enjoy complimentary parking, too! 

Saturday will be our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing at 6pm in Atwater on Gore Creek, and Fletch will be co-hosting the event with the Atwater Culinary Team. Enjoy a guided tour of four small plates created for the four AC Golden beers selected for the event. It’s a tasty tour and a fantastic opportunity to hear about both the craft beers from the brewers who create them & the amazing food from the team that has prepared it for you. Click here to view the menu. The price tag is a mere $25++/person. Make your reservations by emailing Laura or calling 970-479-1514. 

There’s a new promotion beginning this week called “Craft on Draft Hoppy Hour” in Fireside. Flights & Bites has been replaced with Hoppy Hour, which is a slightly different equation: When you purchase a regularly priced Small Plate from the Atwater on Gore Creek menu, you get $2 off a draft beer. This offer is valid from Sunday through Wednesday, 2–4pm and 9–10pm. 

There are several new items on our craft beer list this week, with more on the horizon: 

  • Trinity Sunna Wit, Colorado Springs, CO  (draft)
  • Fuller’s ESB, London, UK  (draft)
  • Great Divide Nomad, Bohemian Pilsner, Denver, CO
  • Stone Levitation, Amber, Escondido, CA
  • Lost Abbey Mayan Apocalypse,  Abt/Quadrupel, San Marcos, CA

Our draft rotation through the middle of January is in place, and you can enjoy $2 off pints of the following for Hoppy Hour: 

  • Trinity Sunna Wit
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  • Fuller’s ESB
  • Avery IPA
  • Samuel Adams Winter Bock 

A quick heads up for everyone that I am passing the baton to Meagan Francisco, who will be the new coordinator of the Vail Cascade Craft Beer Program. Meagan is the General Manager of Atwater on Gore Creek, is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and really loves craft beer! Starting next week, if you’d like information about the Vail Cascade Craft Beer Program please reach out to Meagan at If you’d like to reach me, I will be available at or at

A tremendous thank you to everyone for your support in creating and growing this craft beer program! It’s been a fantastic experience, and I hope that you will all continue to support Meagan as you have supported me. Three cheers to craft beer, and I look forward to seeing you this weekend to celebrate Brewmaster’s Weekend with AC Golden. 

Enjoy the snow!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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AC Golden Brewery Adds Holiday Hops to the Last 2013 Brewmasters' Weekend

This holiday season, the Vail Cascade Resort is sharing the gift of hops and sustenance. This weekend, Steve “Fletch” Fletcher from AC Golden Brewing Co. will be in Vail to wrap up the 2013 Brewmaster's Weekend series for a 'Meet the Brewmaster' social on Friday and a seated 'Small Plates & Craft Beer' pairing on Saturday.

Occasionally, menu development tastings for Brewmaster’s Weekends end up with a primary culinary theme; however, in the case of AC Golden, their beers not only inspired an initial Colorado theme, but the beer's diverse flavors took the chefs in various directions that led to a deliciously diverse ensemble of pairings.

AC Golden Colorado Native was the first beer tasted, and was the last to have a definite culinary direction. This 100 percent Colorado-made beer inspired a range of flavors that spanned from lamb to jerky and Indian spices, including honeysuckle flowers. It was after working through the rest of the menu that the team decided on Chef de Cuisine Jay Spickelmier’s initial suggestion of lamb. The dish will be a Spicy Lamb Sopa with Corn Puree, Candied Jalapeño, and Cilantro Chimichurri.

The AC Golden IPL is the second beer in the evening's lineup. Its grapefruit notes and hoppy profile generated discussion revolving lime, mandarin orange, white/light fish and vanilla beans. Sous Chef Adam Smith suggested the idea of a ‘beggar’s purse,’ which unanimously resonated with the team. The purse will be stuffed with Cod, Fondue Leeks, and Shiitake Mushrooms with a little Orange Zest for pizzazz.

Next up was the AC Golden Framboise Noir, whose bright notes and sour bite brought to mind goat cheese, spinach salad, and marcona almonds for Executive Chef Todd Bemis. This initial concept evolved slightly to incorporate artichoke hearts, resulting in a brulèed Honey Goat Cheese Stuffed Artichoke Heart with Tarragon Bacon Caramel Vinaigrette and Toasted Almonds.

The final course of the evening is designed around AC Golden’s 100 percent Whole Wheat Bock. This beer elicited a myriad of different ideas, covering many flavors including red stone fruit, a Rueben, hearty game, unripe berries, good coffee, lingonberries and more. The discussion swirled around, evolving into Beef Stroganoff served in a Puff Pastry Croute, Juniper and Plums.


For more information on our craft beer events in Vail, call Vail Cascade Resort at 970-479-7014.

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Vail Colorado Restaurants Offering December Deals

Now that Vail Mountain Ski Resort is open, snow enthusiasts are enjoying one of North America's largest and most popular ski resorts. While on mountain, all you'll need is your gear and a smile; off mountain, you'll need sustenance to keep you well-nourished and hydrated.

Recognized as a top restaurant by TripAdvisor, Atwater on Gore Creek's distinctive menus, unparalleled service and breathtaking setting combine for the perfect après-ski. And now through December 22, enjoy Vail dining with 20% off dinner entrées.

Atwater on Gore Creek recently rolled out a new winter menu comprised of an eclectic mix of simple to sophisticated dishes that offer delightful flavors and selections for every palate.

We invite you to enjoy the new winter menu and for a limited time enjoy a Vail dining deal in December that you won't want to miss!   

  • 20% off dinner entrées if you mention the secret word "Savory"  
  • Valid Sundays-Wednesdays  

Don't delay, this Vail dining offer ends December 22, 2013.  

For dining reservations in Vail, please call Atwater on Gore Creek at 970-479-7014 or go here. Check out Atwater's dining offers and events in Vail.  

Discount not valid on holidays. Cannot be combined with other offers. Some restrictions may apply.


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