Atwater Beer Buzz June 28

Greetings from the Vail Craft Beer Scene!

There is a lot going on at the Vail Cascade as we prepare for Fourth of July week in the Vail Valley…and our next Brewmaster’s Weekend with Avery Brewing Co. is at the top of the list! But before we jump into the craft beer current, there was an interesting article in the Vail Daily Weekly last weekend that you should know about.

Krista Driscoll, Vail Daily Hophead Extraordinaire, has announced a challenge to all readers. She wants to know where to go in the Vail Valley to find the best selection of beer, and is taking nominations until July 31. This round is for on-premise establishments (restaurants and bars), and she will go research all nominated businesses and rate them in a number of different ways. Read her article here.  She is giving extra merit to those places who have a personal testimonial in the nomination.  If you’re interested in contacting her, email (You do not have to be a Vail Valley resident to make nominations.) 

Now – back into the craft beer current and headed into the rapids… 

Avery Brewmaster’s Weekend is scheduled for next Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. As is traditional, we will be hosting a complimentary sampling on Friday from 4 – 7pm in Fireside with our Avery guests. Meet, greet and talk craft beer with Avery Head Brewer, Matt Thrall and see what goodies he’s brought up with him… I understand they are bringing some cellar selections for you!  View/print flyer.

All weekend we’ll have Avery specials going on as well. We’ll have White Rascal and IPA available as more sessionable options than the beers offered in the pairings on Saturday. 

Saturday brings our Small Plates and Craft Beer Pairings from 5:00 – 6:30pm, and we highly suggest reservations. The flyer is attached, posted in Avery social networking zone, Vail Cascade website & social networking world,  and I’ll print it out for you as well: 

Pulled Jidori Chicken Sopas
Roasted poblano fennel salsa verde 

Salvation & The Reverend
Mango Nigiri with Strawberry Caviar & Braised Pork
and Lup Chung Steamed Buns 

Hog Heaven
“Hogs & Frogs”
Frog Leg Beignets, Saffron Mayo, Sauce Puttanesca 

Samael’s Ale
Rum Marinated Foie Gras
Bananas “Foie”ster, Pineapple Sweet & Sour 

For more information or reservations, call 970-479-7014 or email me nd I’ll hold your seats for you. It’s a crazy menu to go with some crazy beers, and promises to be a ton of fun! 

Lots of new beers on the list this week as well, which makes for an interesting Friday Night Flights! 

Our newest selections are as follows: 

North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Ft. Bragg, CA
Odell Myrcenary Double IPA, Ft. Collins, CO
Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock, Denver, CO
Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout, Longmont, CO 

We also featured the following craft beer options in a VIP reception with top notch small plate pairings for our Destination Hotels & Resorts Sales & Revenue Directors yesterday. The event was very well-received, and we introduced several people to the world of craft beer - plus an additional surprised few to the idea of sour beers (my favorite!). 

Left Hand Milk Stout
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
Samuel Adams American Kriek
Oskar Blues Old Chub
Stone Smoked Porter
Samuel Adams Summer Ale 

Our Friday Featured Flight ($7) will showcase the following selections: 

North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock
Odell Myrcenary Double IPA
Unibroue La Fin du Monde
Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout 

And our Craft Draft Flight ($7 on Fridays) is back to our current selection: 

Samuel Adams Summer Ale
Morland’s Old Specked Hen
Bristol Laughing Lab
Ska Modus Hoperandi
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar 

Note: The Samuel Adams Barrel Collection options (American Kriek and New World Tripel) will remain on our list as long as they last.

And as always, Friday Night Flights are available every Friday beginning at lunchtime and valet parking is complimentary for all of our Fireside and Atwater patrons. So walk, hike, bike, cruise, wander, drift or fly by to enjoy our craft beer scene and beautiful resort! 

Thank you, as always, for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program