Atwater Beer Buzz July 27

Greetings from the craft beer cellar!

Planning is underway for several terrific events, and we're excited to share them with you!

First, and coming up next on the calendar, is our Brewmaster’s Weekend with Doug Odell, Founder/Brewmaster of Odell Brewing Company in Ft. Collins, CO. Doug and his family will be joining us for the weekend of August 17 & 18, and we’re delighted to experience some incredible Odell offerings at both our open sampling on Friday from 4–7pm in Fireside and once again for our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing on Saturday from 5–6:30pm in Atwater. As a sneak peak forward on our craft beer list, we will be including Odell St. Lupulin in our next draft rotation and Odell Pond Hopper will be coming onto our Large Format list soon – both tasty treats! (Myrcenary is flying out of our coolers right now!)

We will keep you posted on Doug’s selection of beers for the Small Plates Pairing and then with the Small Plates menu as soon as we have these tidbits in hand! Please remember to reserve your seats for the Small Plates event early, as we sold out last month.  Email Laura Lodge at

Second – and planning ahead – is our first formal dinner of this Craft Beer, Creative Cuisine series. The September Brewmaster’s Weekend will host John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, with special guest Brewmasters from Three Barrel Brewing Co., Trinity Brewing Co., and Rockyard Brewing Co. The weekend of September 7 & 8 is reserved for these gentlemen, and it happens to also be Vail Oktoberfest Weekend. If you’re planning for the dinner, we will be starting at 6pm on Saturday evening and seating will be limited to 30 ppl. Please let us know if you need further information.

Third, and looking into next ski season, is our Thanksgiving Brewmaster’s Weekend. This will be a double Brewmaster’s Weekend with Peter Bouckaert from New Belgium Brewing Co. and Andy Brown from Wynkoop Brewing Co. We will be featuring their collaboration beer(s) this weekend, and more information will be forthcoming.

Last, we are preparing a Winter/Holiday treat for you! we have been placing orders for some amazing holiday and winter seasonal beers, and we will be very pleased to spoil you rotten with special selections from near and far.  These beers will be available to you starting on November 15th, and we’ll feature them through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season. Once again, we'll let you know more details as we actually see the cases arriving in house. (Wouldn’t want to disappoint you if something doesn’t come in.)

Now – back to Friday Night Flights!  This week’s Friday Featured Flight ($7) will be samplers of the following beers:

  • Boulder Kinda Blue
  • Dogfish Head Festina Pêche
  • New Belgium Fat Tire
  • Dixie Blackened Voodoo
  • Left Hand Milk Stout

And we’re continuing the following beers in our current Craft Draft Flight ($7 on Fridays):

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

However, we are on our last kegs of Samuel Adams Summer Ale and will be moving to Oktoberfest as early as next week. I’m not willing to relinquish summertime, but we’ll rotate our handles to more cool craft beers! The remainder of the next draft rotation will begin as kegs run through, so fun stuff will be coming your way.

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer, and we’ll look forward to seeing you here on the patio! Remember, complimentary valet parking for Fireside and Atwater patrons, so it’s easy to come by to visit.

Thank you so much for your support of our programs!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program