Atwater Beer Buzz November 9

Greetings from the land of tastings and menu development! 

We just spent the last hour and a half brainstorming for the New Belgium/Wynkoop Brewmasters’ Weekend Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing menu, and it’s interesting to listen to the ideas that take flight and then change into something completely different. I can certainly tell you that the wine-esque beers generate a completely different conversation than any of our traditional beer styles do. Intriguing.

At any rate, I will have that menu for you in next week’s email, and none too soon! as Thanksgiving sneaks up on us. To recap the event briefly, Peter Bouckaert and Andy Brown will be our featured Brewmasters for November 23 & 24th, and you can join them for a complimentary tasting "Meet the Brewmasters” event on Friday evening from 4 – 7pm in Fireside Bar to open the weekend. Then on Saturday from 5 – 6:30pm we will host a formal four course tasting of beer & food pairings in Atwater. This session will be led by both the Brewmasters and the Atwater culinary team, each describing the components and pairing philosophy of the successive courses. Cost for Saturday’s session is $25 per person, and you can make reservations by either emailing me back or by calling Atwater at 970-479-7014.

We are also looking forward to a fun weekend with Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing Co from Durango! Dave will be joining us for the December 7 & 8th Brewmaster’s Weekend, and I’m expecting to receive his beers of choice for a similar menu brainstorming session very soon. More details there as I have them, but you can go ahead and put it on your calendar!

Yesterday’s Wednesday Night Craft Beer Tasting was an ‘out of this country experience’ as Tom Jasko from Merchant du Vin brought special Belgian, German and English beers for us to try. Guests were special fans of the Rochefort 10 and Lindemans Framboise, but were also delighted to sample Orval, Westmalle Triple, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, and Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Tremendous thanks to Tom, and we hope you make it back in time for your hockey game! Next week we’re excited to try an array of beers from Upslope Brewing Co, and I’ll let you know what Jess is bringing via the Atwater on Gore Creek Facebook page.

New this week on our list are the following beers

  • Samuel Adams Winter Lager, Dark Wheat Bock, Boston, MA (draft)
  • Upslope Pumpkin Ale, Boulder, CO
  • Crazy Mountain Mountain Livin’ Pale Ale, Edwards, CO

Our Friday Night Featured Flight this week ($7) will be:

  • Weihenstephane
  • Victory Prima Pils
  • Avery IPA
  • Upslope Pumpkin Ale
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

And our Craft Draft Flight ($5! For Fall season) is:

  • Hacker-Pschorr Weisse
  • Stone Pale Ale
  • Boulder Mojo IPA
  • Samuel Adams Winter Lager
  • New Belgium 1554

We continue to enjoy our Fall season and offer 50% off Large Plates & Pizzas in Atwater in Atwater on Gore Creek plus our Wednesday Night Craft Beer Tastings & Friday Night Flights in Fireside. Thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow night for Friday Night Flights! (remember complimentary valet parking…always)

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

PS. Snow will be falling this weekend! We’re psyched!