Craft Beer Buzz - March 21

Greetings from inside the white-out!

We’re on snow storm #1 of 3 that are predicted over the next few days, and are excited to get more and more! It’s a wonderful excuse to ski some fresh powder and sit in front of the fire with a great craft beer afterward…especially during Colorado Craft Beer Week. We’re celebrating with $5 Colorado drafts!

Grand Teton Brewing Co. showed their colors in a fine way last weekend with a busy Meet the Brewmaster session on Friday and a great crowd on Saturday for their Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event. We’re back to ‘sold out’ numbers, due in part to our change in time and it’s delightful to see so many familiar faces! We will keep the new time of 6:00pm for the Small Plates Pairing event going forward. Many thanks to Rob Mullin, Brewmaster, and Chris & Stephen Furbacher for coming up for the weekend and treating us to their time, talent and fantastic products.

Our next Brewmaster’s Weekend comes up quickly on April 5 & 6th. Because it is also Taste of Vail weekend, we will be switching up our events so that the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing will be on Friday April 5th at 6 pm and our Meet the Brewmaster session will be on Saturday from 4 – 7pm. David Zuckerman from Boulder Beer Co. will be joining us for this weekend, and he has chosen his beers for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing for the culinary team to work their menu magic. Selected beers are as follows:                

  • Boulder Beer Kinda Blue                
  • Boulder Beer Buffalo Gold                
  • Boulder Beer Hazed & Infused                
  • Boulder Beer Mojo IPA

Reminder: We do have a special lodging rate for our craft beer folks, so if you’re interested in coming up for the Brewmaster’s Weekend – or any other time for that matter – check this rate first. It is at least 40% off of the rack rate for any time of the year, and if it’s a slower season you’ll find even better deals! Follow this link to check it out:

Wednesday Night this week was special because it’s Colorado Craft Beer Week and Bonfire Brewing Co. is releasing a new beer every day this week! Matt Wirtz, Bonfire Brewmaster, brought several different new beers in addition to the Bonfire Brush Creek Blonde, including an Irish Red, IPA, & Double IPA that our crowd was excited to taste. Spring Break always brings adventurous craft beer folks, and everyone appreciated the Bonfire beers.

Next Wednesday is a unique opportunity to sample a variety of international products, as Tom Jasko will be joining us from Merchant du Vin. Block your calendar from 4:30 – 6:30pm for this celebrated list of products: Lindemans Framboise, Sam Smith Chocolate Stout, Ayinger Brau Weisse, Sam Smith Apricot, and Rochefort 10.

New on our list this week are:                

  • Left Hand Polestar Pilsner, Longmont, CO                
  • Avery White Rascal, Belgian Wit, Boulder, CO                
  • Odell Meddler, Oud Bruin, Ft. Collins, CO (cellar list)

Expect our draft line-up to begin rotating over the next 10 days to our next fantastic selection, and consider this your fair warning last call for the following current draft products:                

  • Dry Dock Apricot Blonde                
  • Samuel Adams Alpine Spring                
  • AC Golden Colorado Native                
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack                
  • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (on nitro)

Enjoy the wonderful snow & we look forward to seeing you soon. Remember there’s always complimentary valet parking for our esteemed guests of Fireside and Atwater…and welcome to Spring!


Laura Lodge | Craft Beer Program/F&B Cost Analyst Vail Cascade Resort | 1300 Westhaven Drive | Vail, CO 81657 Office 970-479-1514 | Fax 970-479-7025  | Email: