Atwater Beer Buzz April 26

Greetings from the land of snow melt!

The icicles are dripping, the roads are clearing, and it’s feeling like Spring is coming. Although every so often we get another snow storm and reset the process…again.  While we look forward to fantastic rafting and early summer activities, we’re working hard on our summer craft beer programming and have lots of information to share! 


Our biggest news is the new weekend craft beer lodging package that we are offering in June and September. We’re calling it “Sip, Savor & Brew; Atwater’s Culinary Craft Beer Experience”. Essentially, this is an amplified Brewmaster’s Weekend…additional Brewmaster(s), new seminars, evening craft beer discussions, etc. So while you will still be able to enjoy our traditional Meet the Brewmaster open tastings in Fireside and the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairings in Atwater, there are a host of other craft beer-centric events to enjoy throughout the weekend. 

The pricing for the Sip, Savor & Brew Weekends is a great deal. If you book a lodging package with 1 person attending the craft beer events, you get Friday & Saturday night lodging + 1 weekend event pass for $275. If 2 people are attending the craft beer programming, it’s $330. If there are 4 adults sharing a room and attending the craft beer events, it’s $440…and when you do the math, that’s $110 per person. For a craft beer weekend in Vail…not too shabby! 

The schedule of events for the Sip, Savor & Brew Weekends mirrors the Brewmaster’s Weekends. On Friday evening, the Meet the Brewmaster(s) session is 4 – 7pm, as usual. The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event is scheduled for Saturday at 6pm, as is traditional. However, there will also be two seminars hosted by the Brewmasters and the Atwater Culinary Team on Saturday afternoon, informal craft beer discussions with the Brewmasters on both Friday & Saturday evenings, and a craft beer/sweet treat to close each evening. 

Saturday morning is left open in this schedule (until 2:30pm) so that attendees can take advantage of the resort amenities (Aria Spa & Club, infinity pool & hot tubs, etc.) or choose to undertake one of the many mountain activities available in the area, such as fly fishing on Gore Creek, zip lining, mountain biking down Vail Pass, mountain biking on Vail Mountain, hiking one of the multitudes of area trails, jeep tours, razor tours, half-day raft trips, etc. These mountain & spa activities are not included in the package price, but are an ideal way to make the most of your mountain weekend. Tthe Aria Club, infinity pool and hot tubs are not an extra charge). 

Special note for Colorado Brewers Guild SOCIAL members, you are entitled to a complimentary lodging upgrade when you book your Sip, Savor & Brew weekend! For more SOCIAL info:

If you’d like to attend a Sip, Savor & Brew weekend of craft beer events but don’t need the lodging, you can book it for just $69.

All Sip, Savor & Brew weekend packages can be booked through Vail Cascade Reservations at 800.282.4183 (please mention promo code VCSSB13). or click here to book online. Please call if you’re a SOCIAL member and ask for your complimentary upgrade.


Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings, Fireside Bar 4:30 – 6:30pm, complimentary & open to the public.

The first few weeks we will be featuring the following breweries:

  • May 29:  AC Golden Brewing Co.
  • June 5:  Left Hand Brewing Co. 
  • June 12:  Avery Brewing Co.
  • June 19:  Firestone Brewing Co.
  • June 26: Odell Brewing Co.
  • July 3:  Upslope Brewing Co.
  • July 10:  Great Divide Brewing Co.
  • July 17:  Elevation Beer Co.

Brewmaster’s Weekends and Sip, Savor & Brew Weekends:

  • June 28/29: Sip, Savor & Brew with Kevin DeLange, Owner/Founder, Dry Dock Brewing  Co.  and Bill Eye, Owner/Brewmaster, Prost Brewing Co. 
  • July 19/20: Brewmaster’s Weekend with Alex Violette, Head Brewer, Upslope Brewing Co.
  • August 16/17: Brewmaster’s Weekend with Todd Usry, Brewmaster/Director of Brewery Ops, Breckenridge Brewery 
  • September 6/7: Sip, Savor & Brew with John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild with guests (tbd) 
  • December 6/7: Brewmaster’s Weekend with AC Golden Brewing Co. Brewer (tbd) 


For the Spring off-season, we will be continuing our Flights & Bites promotion which includes 50% off of the Small Plate of your choice when you purchase a Craft Draft Flight. This is available daily from 3 – 6pm and 9 – 11pm.

New on our craft beer list since my last update are the following:

  • Alaskan Amber, Alt, Juneau, Alaska (draft)
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Porter, Vanilla Porter, Eagle, CO (draft)
  • Avery Oud Floris, Oud Bruin, Boulder, CO (cellar)
  • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Denver, CO
  • New Belgium Hoppy Bock, Bock/Lager, Ft. Collins, CO (large format)

And our Craft Draft Flight, rotation complete, features the following:

  • Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Porter
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Please let me know if you have any questions about  the new upcoming programming. We’re very excited to be able to expand upon our Brewmaster’s Weekend and offer a full weekend of craft beer events in the shoulder seasons, while keeping the traditional equation with fantastic brewers during the height of summer. I will keep you updated with info throughout the off-season about craft beer & other cool stuff. There are great rates available now….so come on up and see us!

Have a fantastic week!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program