CBG Brewmasters’ Weekend + Vail Oktoberfest = Heaven!

It's a craft beer lover’s heaven for sure. And boy, oh boy, do we have treats in store for you this weekend! The Atwater culinary team has offered to create an interactive dining experience with an open kitchen for our guests at Saturday Night’s Brewmasters’ Dinner. So back to the math, add this really cool opportunity  to the amazing craft beers and dialogue that you will have with the Chef and Brewmasters - and you get an amazing dining experience! Menu is attached, and I’ll print it below for your convenience as well.

John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, is bringing three (3!) innovative brewers up for this amazing weekend! You will have the opportunity to sample wares from Trinity Brewing Co. in Colorado Springs, Rockyard Brewing Co. in Castle Rock, and Three Barrel Brewing Co. in Del Norte, CO. Each respective Brewmaster will be present too, and are listed on the accompanying flyer. 

As usual, there are two different events planned for your enjoyment. Friday from 4 – 7pm in the Fireside Bar we will host a “Meet the Brewmaster” event with complimentary open sampling and visiting all around. On Saturday you will be part of an elite group of 30 for the culinary experience mentioned above. Dinner begins at 6pm in the Cascade Ballroom, and you will be treated to a 5 course formal dinner, complete with commentary from both brewmasters and chefs in a private dining room setting. Seating is limited, and reservations are highly suggested. Cost is $50 plus tax and gratuity per guest, and you can reserve your seat by emailing Laura or by calling 970-479-7014. 

Great Divide Hoss
Assorted Paté and Jam Station &
Lamb Pastrami Ruebens with Black Plum Chutney

 Odell IPA
Black Mission Fig Beignets with Honey Mustard 

Trinity Chi Pilsener
Grant Farms Spinach Salad with Grilled Artichoke
Crimini Mushrooms, Pickled Red Onion, Poached Egg, Shaved Parmesan

 Three Barrel Bingeler Weisse
Grilled Maine Lobster Tail
Meyer Lemon, Sea Urchin Butter, Candied Mint

Three Barrel Wildwood Ale
Coffee Braised Pork Belly
Colorado Wild Mushroom, Speck & Parmesan Faro

 Rockyard Dutch Pilsner
Grilled Palisade Peach
Cinnamon Apple Compote and Crème Fraȋche Ice Cream 

If you’d like to come up to join us this weekend and haven’t made reservations yet, we have a booking link on the Vail Cascade website for our craft beer program specifically. Check out the rates and availability here for a great craft beer price.  The promotional code is "vcbeer1".

If you have any questions, please either let Laura know or call the hotel at 970-476-7111 and ask for Reservations.   We’d love to see you and share this amazing craft beer weekend! 

In other exciting news, I am pleased to announce new craft beer programming for our Fall Season. Each Wednesday night from 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside we will be hosting a complimentary Craft Happy Hour featuring a different brewery or importer. Our first Wednesday Craft Happy Hour on September 19th will feature Breckenridge Brewery, and you’re welcome to stop by at any time to visit with Katie, sample some great Breckenridge craft beers, and perhaps have a lovely dinner on the deck in Atwater on Gore Creek or try pairing some of our delicious Small Plates with your craft beers. These events are open to guests of the resort and to the general public, so come on by and join us! 

If you’re keeping track of the Great American Beer Festival happenings, you might be interested to know that Visit Denver is running a promotion that includes free tickets & airfare. Here’s a snippet of their press release, and you can find them for more details using the below info:

DENVER, CO – September 5, 2012 – The Mile High City honors its thriving microbrew culture with Denver Beer Fest, a 9-day celebration of beer (Oct. 5-13) culminating in The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) (Oct. 11-13). This year, GABF sold out in under an hour – but suds Nirvana can still be achieved! Denver’s Ultimate Beer-cation Giveaway will bring one winner and a friend to The Mile High City for a truly brew-tastic weekend. The winner will get two round trip Frontier Airlines tickets to Denver, two GABF tickets, and two nights' accommodation at SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown

Denver’s Ultimate Beer-cation Giveaway will begin on on Tuesday, September 5 at 8am. The contest will run until midnight (MST) on Sunday, September 16, and the winner will be determined on Monday, September 17.

Back to this weekend at the Vail Cascade, we will be running Friday Night Flights in conjunction with the Meet the Brewmaster event for Brewmaster’s Weekend. We will be beginning the next draft rotation at some point as well, so you may be seeing some new draft options creep into the Craft Draft Flight. 

New on our list this week is:

  •  Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest 

This week’s Friday Night Featured Flight ($7) is:

  •  Dogfish Head Tweason’ale
  •  Avery White Rascal
  •  Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey
  •  Avery Kaiser
  •  Ska Ten Pin Porter

 And the Craft Draft Flight ($5 on Fridays for Fall season) is:

  •  Kronenbourg 1664
  •  Great Divide Denver Pale Ale (may be back to Odell St. Lupulin)
  •  Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  •  Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  •  Breckenridge Vanilla Porter

There will be more goodies showing up on the list in the next week or so, with holiday seasonals showing up as well. We’re looking forward to seeing all of you this weekend – and remember, complimentary valet parking is available to all of our Atwater and Fireside guests!

(oh – and if you “like” Atwater on Gore Creek’s Facebook page, you can come collect a free Craft Draft Flight!)

Happy Oktoberfest!!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program