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VAIL CASCADE TO HOST 10TH ANNUAL BIG BEERS, BELGIANS & BARLEYWINES FESTIVAL

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VAIL, Colo. – September 2009 – This winter the Vail Cascade will host the 10th Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival Jan. 7 -9, 2010 featuring limited release beers, tastings, brewmasters’ dinners, educational seminars and more. Overnight accommodations during the event begin at $209 per night or a special event package for two is available for $688.04.

The Big Beers Festival Package for Two includes accommodations for one night and two passes to the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Calibration Dinner, the Brewmasters’ Dinner, seminars and commercial tastings. The package is available Jan. 6-12. To book the package, call (800) 420-2424 or use promo code VBBIGBEERS2 when making a reservation at www.vailcascade.com. Rooms also can be reserved that weekend beginning at $209 per night with event tickets available a la carte through www.bigbeersfestival.com.

The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is designed to introduce the public to the extreme variety of brewing styles, ingredients, flavors and aromas that are available in the world of beer. The styles showcased in the event include: “big,” which is defined as over 7 percent alcohol by volume including barleywines, stouts, porters, double IPAs, scotch ales and more; “Belgian” which encompasses a traditional raft of styles including Dubbel, Triple, Quadruple, Lambic, Saison and other European-based flavors and brewing methods many of which are quite light in flavor in contrast to the traditional “big” beers; and “experimental.”

The three-day event is designed to engage and educate participants on big beers.
• Thursday kicks off with Adam Avery, brewmaster and founder of Avery Brewing, and Sam Calagione, founder/president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery hosting the Calibration Dinner. Dinner will be served by Chef Adam Votaw in Atwater on Gore Creek Restaurant who will prepare a double-pairing menu. For each course Chef Votaw will pair two beers from each presenter’s brewery.
• Friday offers an action-packed day with a welcome reception, tasting of Commemorate 10th Anniversary beers specially prepared by brewers such as Anheuser-Busch, Boulevard Brewing Company from Kansas City, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. from California, Wynkoop Brewing Co. from Denver and many others. The Homebrew Competition judging will take place Friday afternoon and various seminars also are available throughout the day.
• Friday night Peter Bouckaert from New Belgium Brewing Co. and Lodewijk Swinkels from LaTrappe at Bierbrouwerij Koningshoeven out of the Netherlands will be featured at the 10th Anniversary Bewmasters’ Dinner. Chef Votaw will be collaborating with a guest chef to design this double-beer pairing dinner.
• On Saturday, there will be an Experimental Brewing Seminar in the morning followed by brewmaster presentations in the after along with the Food & Beer Pairing Challenge. The commercial tasting portion of the Big Beers Festival takes place from 2:30-7 p.m. showcasing more than 150 different commercially produced specialty beers from around the world.

For a complete schedule, list of presenting breweries and to purchase individual event tickets, please visit www.bigbeersfeatival.com. Proceeds from the Big Beers Festival benefit 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.

Vail Cascade is the only AAA Four-Diamond rated ski-in/ski-out resort in Vail. In the summertime, the Vail Valley awakens to a multitude of summer activities including mountain biking, hiking and fly fishing which are easily accessible at the Vail Cascade as the Gore Creek runs behind the resort. The 292-room creek side property offers 27 suites, more than 80 spacious condominiums and private homes to choose from.

Vail Cascade features the 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club. The Spa offers more than 10,000 square feet of rest and relaxation found in 14 treatment rooms. Guests also can train and take advantage of one of the fitness center’s many programs from group classes to personalized instruction. After an afternoon of working out at the fitness center or in nature’s playground, guests can refuel at the new Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant, which opened in December 2008.

Vail Cascade is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, which is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California, which opened to the public in June. The 102-acre ocean front resort features a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three ocean view restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join the company’s loyalty program for the best offers available, visit www.destinationdelivers.com
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For high resolution, downloadable images of the Vail Cascade, please visit www.leonardo.com/destination

Media Contacts:
Emily Jacob McCormack, for Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, (970) 331-6145, emily@hulacommunications.com
Kristin Yantis Mettler, for Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, (775) 831-4422, kmettler@malenandmettler.com

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