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Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Showcases Nearly 150 Breweries

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Brewmasters will serve up more than 375 different beers during the Jan. 9-11 weekend event

To participate in the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines festival, beers must be either “big” (over 7% alcohol by volume), of a Belgian style, or experimental in nature.

“These beers are not on the radar of the mainstream beer drinker ,” said Laura Lodge, festival organizer. “We are pleased to offer our attendees the opportunity to try these extreme, rare, unusual, and limited release products. Our goal is to increase the market for these beers by educating the consumer about the variety of specialty products created by these talented brewers.”

Several of the breweries listed will also be featured throughout the craft beer weekend in other formats, such as the Welcome Reception, educational seminars,  Brewmasters’ Dinners, a Cigar Pairing Experience, the Yoga of Brewing, and more. For tickets and a complete list of events, visit the festival website at www.BigBeersFestival.com.

The Vail Cascade Resort will also be creating a lounge for festival participants and attendees, offering a diverse selection of products donated by the breweries as a fundraiser for the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. The Cascade Lounge will also provide food service to supplement the Fireside Bar throughout the weekend.

2014 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Participating Breweries

  • AC Golden Brewing Co.
  • Alaskan Brewing Co.
  • Allagash Brewing Co.
  • Altitude Chophouse
  • Aspen Brewing Co.
  • Atom Brewing Co.
  • Atwater Brewing Co.
  • Avery Brewing Co.
  • BackCountry Brewery
  • Baere Brewing Co.
  • Bavik Bell's Brewery
  • Big Choice Brewing Co.
  • Black Sky Brewery
  • Blue Spruce Brewing Co.
  • BOM Brewery
  • Bonfire Brewing Co.
  • Bootstrap Brewing Co.
  • Boston Beer Co.
  • Boulder Beer Co.
  • Boulevard Brewing Co.
  • Brasserie d'Achouffe
  • Brasserie des Rocs
  • Brasserie du Bocq
  • Breckenridge Brewery
  • Bockor Brewery
  • Bosteels Brewery
  • Colorado Brewery
  • De Proef Brewery
  • Les 3 Fourquets Brewery
  • Ommegang Brewery
  • Prearis Brewery
  • St. Feuillien Bristol Brewing Co.
  • Brouwers Verzet Brunehaut Butcherknife Brewing Co.
  • Cambridge Brewing Co.
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
  • Caution Brewing Co.
  • Coronado Brewing Co.
  • Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.
  • Crooked Stave Brewing Co.
  • Crystal Springs Brewing Co.
  • Denver Beer Co.
  • Deschutes Brewing Co.
  • Dillon Dam Brewery
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Dry
  • Dock Brewing Co.
  • Echo Brewing Co.
  • Eggenberg Elevation Beer Co.
  • Epic Brewing Co.
  • FATE Brewing Co.
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
  • Flying Dog Brewery Ft. Collins Brewery
  • Funkwerks Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Gore Range Brewery
  • Grand Teton Brewing Co.
  • Gravity Brewing Co.
  • Great Divide Brewing Co.
  • Green Flash Brewing Co.
  • Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
  • Halve Mann Het Anker
  • High Hops Brewing Co.
  • Hogshead Brewery
  • Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
  • Karbach Brewing Co.
  • L. Huyghe Lagunitas Brewing Co.
  • LaTrappe
  •  Left Hand Brewing Co.
  • Lexington Brewing Co.
  • Lindemans Brewery
  • Lone Tree Brewing Co.
  • Lost Abbey Brewing Co.
  • Lost Highway Brewing Co.
  • Loveland Aleworks
  • Malheur Marble Brewery
  • Mission Brewing Co.
  • Mystic Brewing Co.
  • New Belgium Brewing Co.
  • Odd 13 Brewing Co.
  • Odell Brewing Co.
  • Odyssey Beer Werks
  • Orval Trappist Brewery
  • Oskar Blues Brewing Co.
  • Palisade Brewing Co.
  • Papago Brewing Co.
  • Paradox Brewing Co.
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
  • Pug Ryan's Brewery
  • Redstone Meadery
  • Renegade Brewing Co.
  • River North Brewery
  • Roadhouse Brewing Co.
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
  • Samuel Smith Brewery
  • Sanitas Brewing Co.
  • SEEF Shmaltz Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Squatters Pubs & Beers
  • Ska Brewing Co.
  • St. Bernardus Stone Brewing Co.
  • Strange Brewing Corp.
  • Surly Brewing Co.
  • Telluride Brewing Co.
  • Ter Dolen Kasteelbrouwerij
  • Three Barrel Brewing Co.
  • Timmermanns
  • Tivoli Brewing Co.
  • Tommyknocker Brewing Co.
  • Trappistes Rochefort
  • Trinity Brewing Co.
  • Twelve Degree Brewing Co.
  • Upslope Brewing Co.
  • Van Honsebrouck
  • Van Steenberge
  • Verboten Brewing Co.
  • Very Nice Brewing Co.
  • Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery
  • West Flanders Brewing Co.
  • Westmalle Trappist Brewery
  • Widmer Brithers Brewing
  • Wild Woods Brewery
  • Wiley Roots Brewing Co.
  • Wit's End Brewing Co.
  • Wynkoop Brewing Co.
  • Yak & Yeti Brewpub

Ticket sales kicked off in September, but tickets are still available for the Commercial Tasting and some seminars. 

For more information about the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival or to purchase tickets and learn about discounted lodging rates and packages at Vail Cascade Resort, visit www.bigbeersfestival.com.  Further information about the host property, Vail Cascade, can be found at www.vailcascade.com and additional information about the Vail Valley Charitable Fund is located at www.vvcf.org.

About Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines

The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is a three day event featuring educational seminars, two Brewmasters dinners, a Commercial Tasting, a homebrew competition and other tastings and pairings.  Designed to welcome the beer connoisseur, the innovative homebrewer, or the novice curious about craft beer, participants will find events appropriate for all levels of interest.  The festival regularly draws breweries from around the world offering literally hundreds of choices.   The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival actively supports the efforts of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a local organization that helps individuals who live and work in the Vail Valley that have critical financial need due to medical catastrophes, accidents or long-term illnesses.  For more information about the VVCF, visit www.vvcf.org.  Contact the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival at www.bigbeersfestival.com.

About Vail Cascade

Vail Cascade is a creek side, ski-in/ski-out base camp in Vail to the very best of Colorado — in every season. With the finest features of an alpine village, Vail Cascade nurtures guests with a wide expanse of natural beauty; Vail’s most comprehensive conference facility; the incomparable Aria Athletic Club & Spa; creative Colorado cuisine and craft beer in Atwater on Gore Creek; and a wide variety of accommodation offerings, including condominiums and private homes in Vail, ideal for extended stays. Along with every amenity necessary to make the most of each stay, guests enjoy engaging experiences delivered by a team whose true passion is to serve and share the Colorado they love in the most genuine and meaningful way. Visit www.VailCascade.com and call 800.282.4183 for more information.

Lupe Hirt, MindSpeak PR, 303.859.1762, lupeh@mindspeakpr.com

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