Atwater Beer Buzz July 29

Greetings from prime summertime!

The Bravo! Music Festival wraps up its fantastic music season this evening, only to relinquish the stage to the Vail International Festival of Dance. Lacrosse camps, rafting adventures, horseback riding, hiking 14ers, and just about anything you can imagine in the mountains…Vail in the summertime offers so many opportunities that it’s difficult to choose how to spend your time. However, we all know there’s one best way to celebrate and relax: with an amazing craft beer at Vail Cascade, of course!

Last weekend was a terrific celebration of craft beer with Boulder’s Upslope Brewing Co.! Alex Violette, Head Brewer, hosted our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing as well as treating everyone to a variety of Upslope samples at the Meet the Brewmaster event on Saturday in Fireside. Although we often see many/most attendees at the Small Plates Pairing point to the same specific pairing as their favorite, that wasn’t the case this time.

The All-American Corn Dog with housemade condiments seemed to be the cuisine that everyone was the most fascinated by, and they absolutely enjoyed it with the Upslope Craft Lager. But the Sweet Onion Popover with grilled peaches and Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese paired with the Upslope Imperial IPA had many fans as well… The light Herb Crusted Alaskan Cod danced with the equally light Upslope Session Pale Ale, and the TLT – smoked organic turkey, lettuce, heirloom tomato and chimichurri mayo had the most comments about pairings highlighting different flavors of both the food and the Upslope Belgian Pale Ale. Many thanks to Alex and Upslope for their time, expertise and fantastic beers!

To check out a write-up of the weekend, see http://beerrunblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-mountain-sized-good-idea-there-is-no.html .

This week’s Wednesday Craft Beer Tasting in Atwater on Gore Creek featured Breckenridge Brewery, and Willy had a steady flow of guests and locals excited to taste the diverse collection that he brought. From Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout (last two growlers!) to the refreshing Summerbright, 471 IPA and Vanilla Porter, there were fans for each and many excited to taste something special that just isn’t available in the liquor store! Many thanks to Willy for his special treats and beer-savvy conversation for hours on end.

Next week’s Wednesday Craft Beer Tasting features Eddyline Brewing Co. from Buena Vista, CO. Nic Blake will be bring a selection of Eddyline products for your tasting enjoyment, and will be available in Fireside Bar from 4:30 – 6:30pm as per usual. Mark your calendars and come out to enjoy some boating beer! (Eddyline is from the Arkansas River Valley, and their products are built around the river and the mountains.)

A quick review of upcoming craft beer programming is fitting this week, since we’re in between Brewmaster’s Weekends and once again in preparation mode. Here’s the schedule:

August 16 & 17 – Brewmaster’s Weekend in Vail with Todd Usry of Breckenridge Brewery                

  • Friday: Meet the Brewmaster  4 – 7pm, complimentary                
  • Saturday: Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing 6:00pm, $25/person, reservations recommended

September 6 & 7 – Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek with John Carlson of the Colorado Brewers Guild                

  • Special guests: Charlie Berger, Denver Beer Co.; Brian Lutz , West Flanders Brewing Co.; Steve & Leslie Kaczeus , Bootstrap Brewing Co.                
  • Weekend Package with Lodging: $330 includes 2 nights + 2 passes to all craft beer events. Call 800-282-4183 to make a Vail hotel reservation.               
  • Weekend Vail Package without Lodging: $69 per person                
  • Friday: Meet the Brewmasters (complimentary & open to the public) - Informal Discussion with the Brewers - Craft Beer Dessert                
  • Saturday: Brewmasters’ Seminars (2) - Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing (also available a la carte, reservations recommended) - Informal Discussion with the Brewers - Craft Beer Dessert

December 6 & 7 – Brewmaster’s Weekend with AC Golden Brewing Co.

  • Friday: Meet the Brewmaster  4 – 7pm, complimentary                
  • Saturday: Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing 6:00pm, $25/person, reservations recommended

Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings - Fireside Bar each Wednesday from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Here’s the schedule through September:

  • July 31 Eddyline Brewing Co.                
  • August 7 Boulder Beer Co.
  • August 14 Bonfire Brewing Co.
  • August 21 Ska Brewing Co.
  • August 28 Odell Brewing Co.
  • September 4 Deschutes Brewing Co.
  • September 11 Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
  • September 18 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • September 25 New Belgium Brewing Co.

New on our craft beer list this week is:                

Flights and Bites continues as always, with 50% off of the Small Plate of your choice when you purchase a Craft Draft Flight. The current flight is as follows:

  • Samuel Adams Summer Ale                
  • Steamworks Colorado Kolsch                
  • Elevation First Cast IPA                
  • Mendocino Eye of the Hawk                
  • Ohara’s Irish Stout

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of our programming or if you will be stopping by to visit and enjoy a craft beer with us. We’d be delighted to see you!

Have a fantastic weekend, and wherever you are I’m sure it will be prime summertime.

 Laura                

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