Atwater Beer Buzz June 26

2 days and counting! 

We’re really excited about our first ever Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek weekend…coming up this weekend! Kevin DeLange and Bill Eye are dialed in with the final planning arrangements, and will be here on Friday for a weekend full of Dry Dock and Prost craft beer.

Friday from 4 – 7 pm they will be hosting “Meet the Brewmasters”, which is an opportunity for you to visit and sample the variety of products that they are bringing with them in the informal atmosphere of Fireside Bar. Both Dry Dock and Prost are relatively new to the distribution aspect of the brewing world, so their beers are very new to the Vail Valley and you may have not tried them unless you live in their respective neighborhoods in the Denver area. 

If you have purchased a weekend Sip, Savor & Brew event pass, your evening will continue at 8pm with an informal discussion of craft beer as we look forward into the future. “The Future of Craft Beer” is highly speculative, and both Kevin and Bill have been in the craft beer industry long enough to have some ideas of where we will be going. 

With the weekend event pass, you’ll close out your evening with a craft beer dessert around 9pm. A pretty tasty way to end an ideal day! 

Saturday morning will be your personal mountain adventure, whatever that might be. Everything active from a half day raft trip to zip lining or mountain biking, to sleeping in and enjoying a massage at Aria Spa or jumping into the infinity pool overlooking Gore Creek… I’m sure it will be a fantastic way to roll out the day. We’ve left it open for you to play as you like! 

Sip, Savor & Brew pass holders begin the craft beer portion of the day at 2:30pm in Atwater on Gore Creek for a seminar on “Cheese & Charcuterie”. Kevin DeLange and Bill Eye will be presenting both seminars jointly, and this one promises some neat flavor combinations. The beers to be presented for pairing are Prost Pilsner, Prost Alt, Dry Dock Ambassador Sour and Dry Dock Double IPA. 

Pass holders will continue in MountainView for the second seminar, titled “World Beer Cultures”. I don’t even know which beers they are bringing to recreate the cultures on your palate, but it is certain to be a wide variety. It would probably be safe to speculate that Bill Eye will be discussing German beer culture and its history, as Prost has been challenged to create its American counterpart. 

Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing is next on the list at 6pm in Atwater, and you can reserve seats individually for this event if you don’t have a weekend Sip, Savor & Brew event pass. They are $25, and include a guided tour through 4 beers by their Brewmasters along with an informative discussion of the four small plates created around them by the Atwater culinary team. If you haven’t experienced one of these before, they are a fantastic way to adventure with food pairings. I have attached the menu for your convenience. 

As with Friday evening, weekend Sip, Savor & Brew pass holders will join the Brewmasters for a second informal discussion at 8pm, this time about “Session Beers”, and the craft beer portion of the weekend wraps up around 9pm with another craft beer dessert. 

Dry Dock and Prost both make some fantastic craft beers, are led by fantastic people, and we are delighted to host them this weekend. If you’d like more information about a weekend pass ($69/person) or to reserve a seat for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event ($25/person) on Saturday evening, please contact me directly at 970-479-1514 or email me. We would be pleased for you to join us! 

Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings are really, really rocking it out these past couple of weeks, and this evening Brian Dillon didn’t stop pouring until the 6:30pm mark was imminent. A summertime assortment of Odell beers was on the plate tonight, and it would be tough to call a favorite for the evening. Odell St. Lupulin garnered a ton of praise, as did the Odell Double Pilsner, but there were plenty of folks who were right in there enjoying Levity and Easy Street Wheat. Many thanks to Brian for the 2 hour endurance run! 

Next Wednesday mark your calendars for Upslope Brewing Co. from Boulder, CO. Skylar will be here with a variety of treats, and will be available from 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside as per the usual format. I will post his beverage plan on our Atwater on Gore Creek facebook page when I know what it will be. Our $2 pizza slices will once again make their appearance: Classic Margherita, Buffalo Chicken Wing, and The Carnivore. In a nutshell, all the ingredients for the perfect evening escape! 

Back to the present, our draft selection is still rotating to the new lineup while Flights & Bites continues daily. Your small plate of choice comes at 50% off when you order it with a Craft Draft Flight. Right now, the flight is: 

  • Hofbrau München Hefe Weisse
  • Steamworks Third Eye Pale Ale
  • Elevation First Cast IPA (new!)
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Porter
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

You can see the newest addition to our craft beer list there on draft. Elevation Brewing Co. is from Poncha Springs, CO, and their IPA is our second draft line conversion for this rotation. 

Looking forward to seeing you all this weekend for Sip, Savor & Brew! Best wishes for a beautiful weather weekend wherever you are, and thank you – as always – for all of your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program