Atwater Beer Buzz December 13

Greetings from the snow globe!

It’s wonderful to have fresh, light, champagne powder on the ground and we’re looking forward to more! Holiday parties abound, and we’re excited to be pairing more and more of our special events with craft beer. Last night we hosted the Vail Valley Business Women for their holiday meeting, reception and dinner (paired with craft beer!) and next week we’re preparing for the Vail Valley Partnership event, also showcasing reception stations paired with craft libations. In between, there are several media events showcasing our property, Atwater on Gore Creek and our craft beer program. We’re rolling in craft beer!

Elizabeth Kagan from Firestone Walker was very well-received last night for our Wednesday Night Craft Beer Tasting, and the DBA mustard & pretzels a much talked about treat! Some of the Vail Valley Business Women came though on the way in to their event, and many guests and locals sampled their way through Firestone Walker world. Some of their favorite offerings were DBA and Velvet Merlin, but there were options for all palates and so many different choices that there was a separate area for hoppy and not-as-hoppy offerings to taste your way through. Many thanks to Elizabeth for her time and tasty offerings!  Next week we’re looking forward to a variety of Ska Brewing Co. craft beers from Durango, and Eric Kaiser will be back  in action on Wednesday night from 4:30 – 6:30pm. As always, I’ll post the list of beers to be offered on our Atwater on Gore Creek facebook page. Our Ska Wednesday Night next week will be the final 2012 Wednesday Night Craft Beer Tasting, as  we will be taking a break for the holidays and for the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival. We will resume in 2013 on January 16th with Odell Brewing Co.

Mark your February, March & April calendars for the balance of our ski season Brewmaster’s Weekends! We’re pleased to be hosting Eric Rode of Tommyknocker Brewery on February 8 & 9, Rob Mullin of Grand Teton Brewing Co. on March 15 & 16, and David Zuckerman of Boulder Beer Co. on April 5 & 6. Discounted lodging for folks coming up for our craft beer program events can be made by clicking here.   It’s always worth looking at the Specials & Packages page of the Vail Cascade website to see what might be going on there as well…

Back to the present, we have a few more new beers on our list this week:

  • Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown Ale, Idaho Springs, CO
  • Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red Ale, Lyons/Longmont, CO  (draft)
  • Lost Abbey Witch’s Wit, San Marcos, CA (large format)

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

  • Weihenstephaner
  • North Coast Red Seal
  • Left Hand Warrior IPA
  • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
  • Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown

 And our Craft Draft Flight ($7) continues to rotate (2 to go!):

  • Hacker Pschorr Weisse
  • Upslope Pale Ale
  • Samuel Adams Winter Lager
  • Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red
  • New Belgium 1554

We will be introducing our Winter menu next week on December 20th, and will be putting new and interesting craft beer pairings out there for you to try! Enjoy this last week of our fantastic Fall menu, and remember we make it all easy with complimentary valet parking for all of our Fireside and Atwater on Gore Creek guests! 

Thank you so much for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program