Atwater Beer Buzz June 7

Greetings from the land of blue skies and sunshine! 

It’s been a beautiful week in Vail, with more green leaves and flowers showing their faces – and locals excited for summer. The rivers are rising with the snowmelt, and it’s prime time for a rafting adventure. We can still see snowpack up there, though, so I think it’s going to be a bit before we can climb the 14rs. The GoPro Mountain Summer Games are this weekend, so we’re looking forward to seeing the climbers, kayakers, dog races, and all of the other competitors & competitions happening here in our backyard.

A lot is going on in preparation for the first Sip, Savor & Brew Weekend on June
28th & 29th!  Attached is the menu for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event with Bill Eye from Prost and Kevin DeLange from Dry Dock on Saturday from 6 – 7:30pm. And here it is: 

Prost Kolsch
Roasted Jidori Chicken
grilled watermelon, granny smith apple BBQ

 Prost Altfränkisches Dunkel
Duck & Shiitake Mushroom Spring Roll
chili maple aioli, grilled lime

 Dry Dock Bligh’s Barleywine
Smoked Beef Brisket
parmesan texas toast, vegetable skewer, plum almond BBQ

 Dry Dock Apricot Blonde
Honey Goat Cheesecake
goat cheese ice cream, apricot /thyme coulis, spiced pecans

More tastings and pairings happened this afternoon with the beers for the Cheese & Charcuterie Brewmasters’ Seminar on Saturday afternoon.  The culinary team is really amping up for a terrific weekend!

Keep in mind that you don’t have to book the whole lodging package in order to experience the Sip, Savor & Brew weekend with us. You can get an event pass for just $69, inclusive of tax and gratuity. That includes “Meet the Brewmaster”, two Brewmasters’ Seminars, Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing, informal Fireside discussions, and a craft beer dessert each evening. However, an escape craft beer weekend in the mountains has a nice ring to it, and the package price with lodging is as low as you’ll ever see it. More information can be found here, or you can also call or email Laura for help. Don’t forget to mention your SOCIAL membership when you book your lodging for a free upgrade!

Onward with more events! Thanks to Sarah Hautamaki from Left Hand Brewing Co. for showing her Left Hand lineup for our Wednesday Craft Beer Tasting this week. Guests were loving the Good Juju and Milk Stout, with the Stranger American Pale Ale and Sawtooth ESB as favorites as well. Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout garnered extra credit points for the busy 2 hour period.

Next Wednesday prepare your palates for Avery Brewing Co.! Fireside Bar, 4:30 – 6:30pm, Shag is coming up to treat you, and we don’t know what’s in store for us yet. Check the Atwater on Gore Creek facebook page for more information…

Aria Club is holding its first Member BBQ for the summer next Tuesday, and would like to thank Sarah and Left Hand Brewing Co. for their sponsorship! Held out by the pool at Aria, the BBQs are always a not-to-miss event, with food, beverages (Left Hand!) and a ton of fun for members and their families. It’s been a goal for our craft beer program to have craft brewery presence & support for these special events, and we thank all of the breweries for their support!

We continued with more Cicerone Beer Server Certification review sessions today, and have a new Certified Beer Server in the house! I’m hoping to have several more by the time this email comes out next week, so stay tuned…

Flights and Bites continues to offer 50% off the small plate of your choice when you purchase a Craft Draft Flight between 3 & 6 pm daily. The current flight – although the rotation is coming up soon! – is as follows: 

  • Hofbrau München Hefe Weisse
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Porter
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Come join us for the Mountain Games and enjoy the sunshine! The best way to recover from a full day of events is to relax in Fireside or out on our cool patio overlooking the pool and Gore Creek…with a fantastic craft beer, of course.

Thank you so much for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program