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Atwater Beer Buzz November 10

Greetings!

Between the fall season, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holiday specials, all focus seems to be on flavor at the moment. Big flavors and comfort food. At Vail Cascade, we're talking about big flavors as well - and we're talking beer... Avery Brewing Co. beers, specifically.

Avery Brewmaster's Weekend is coming up quickly, November 21 and 22!  Put it on your calendar, and plan to come up and join us for some amazing food, craft beer and fun. Matt "Truck" Thrall, Head Brewer for Avery, will be bringing his crazy gang with him for his second Vail Cascade Brewmaster's Weekend.

Opening the weekend will be "Meet the Brewmaster" from 4-7pm on Friday evening in Fireside Bar. Truck and his team will be pouring some fun and festive beers while visiting with everyone, and you can join  the party at any time free of charge.

The Small Plates & Craft Beer portion of the weekend will be held on Saturday in Atwater on Gore Creek beginning at 6pm. This is a guided tour, led by Truck and the Vail Cascade culinary team. Hear about the history of Avery, the specific background of each beer offered, the inspiration behind the dishes created specifically to pair with each of the beers presented, and learn how the food was prepared. Four small plates are paired with four Avery beers, and we have that beer list for you now:

  • Avery Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest
  • Avery Dugana Double IPA
  • Avery PumpKYn, Bourbon Barrel Aged Pumpkin Porter
  • Avery Tweak = Mephistopheles + Coffee + 4 months in Bourbon Barrels

That's a top shelf list, and Tweak hasn't even been officially released yet!  We sat down for the menu development tasting this afternoon, and I can promise you a delicious adventure through these beers. The menu is coming soon, and I'll send it out as soon as I have it.

The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event is $35/person, and reservations can be made either by emailing Laura or by calling Atwater on Gore Creek at 970.479-7014.

I hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend, and we look forward to seeing you in two weeks! Keep an eye out for that menu….it will make your mouth water, I promise.

Cheers!

Laura Lodge,
Owner/Consultant
Customized Craft Beer Programs, LLC 
laura@customizedcraftbeerprograms.com

Customized Craft Beer Programs
www.customizedcraftbeerprograms.com

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Atwater Beer Buzz November 11

Happy Veteran’s Day! 

The Vail Cascade is pleased to honor our veterans with a complimentary entrée at Atwater on Gore Creek this evening in appreciation for their service to us and to our country. If you are a veteran, please join us this evening for a delicious meal on us.

Although this is generally a slower time of the year, there’s a tremendous amount going on at the Vail Cascade – both for our upcoming Brewmaster’s Weekend and with conferences and group events at the resort. Here’s a quick update: 

December 6 & 7 is Brewmaster’s Weekend with Steve Fletcher, Head Brewer at AC Golden Brewing Co. Fletch will be hosting our traditional Meet the Brewmaster event in Fireside on Friday from 4 – 7pm, offering complimentary samples of a variety of AC Golden products and visiting with attendees. This is complimentary & open to the public, and you are welcome to share in the fun any time throughout the event. 

Saturday, December 7th will be our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing at 6:00pm in Atwater on Gore Creek. This is a more formal dining experience featuring four AC Golden craft beers paired with four Small Plates created by the Atwater on Gore Creek Culinary Team. Steve Fletcher will once again be hosting this event, this time with the Atwater Chefs, and both will discuss the beer and food pairing for each course throughout the event. Cost is $25++/person, and reservations are suggested. You can either email Laura or call 970-479-1514 to hold your seats if you like. 

The Atwater team has already completed their menu tasting for the Small Plates event, and I will be pleased to share with you the AC Golden beers that they have selected in your next email. 

Wednesday’s Craft Beer Tasting was extremely busy this past week, as we had a group of 300+ people in house for a conference that were in between events for that time period. Lots of people from around the country tried the new Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro and Left Hand Sawtooth Nitro, as well as traditional Sawtooth (for comparison) and Milk Stout Nitro for fun. Sarah was impressed with the variety of places throughout the United States represented at her tasting table in Fireside, and was reaching out to the Left Hand community about people that expressed an interest in purchasing their products in other states. Thanks to Sarah for her time, new products and savvy info! 

This week our Wednesday host will be Cody Butters with AC Golden Brewing Co., who will be showcasing Colorado Native as well as AC Golden’s Apricot Sour. Please join us! Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings are held in Fireside from 4:30 – 6:30pm, are complimentary and open to the public. Please note that there are two Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings left for this Fall season, and that they will be discontinued for the ski season. 

Although there isn’t anything new on the craft beer list this week, several items are on the verge of changing, so stay tuned for more! 

Flights and Bites continues from 3 – 6pm every day, featuring 50% off of the Small Plate of your choice when you order a Craft Draft Flight. The current draft selection is as follows: 

  • Prost Weisbier
  • Hoegaarden
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Epic Escape to Colorado IPA
  • Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown 

We hope to see many veterans in Atwater on Gore Creek this evening, and wish you all a wonderful week!

Thank you so much for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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