Atwater Beer Buzz August 23

Welcome to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge!

The tour has been rotating around our Vail Valley world for the past few days, with bicycles and excitement everywhere! Many of the cyclists are staying here with us, which is very cool. Today includes time trials in Vail Village, which would be fantastic to experience! 

Last weekend we had an incredible Brewmaster’s Weekend with Breckenridge Brewery, visiting with Todd Usry and his family. Meet the Brewmaster was pretty crazy on Friday, with a steady crowd looking to sample all of the Breckenridge products and visit with Todd & Terry. The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing received rave reviews…with every course receiving accolades for the pairings created by the Atwater on Gore Creek Culinary Team. Kudos to Chefs Todd, Jay & Adam for the menu and to Todd for his selection of Breckenridge craft beers to present. It simply was magical! 

The Oktoberfest weekends in Vail and Beaver Creek are just around the corner, and so is our autumn Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek! The Sip, Savor & Brew weekend that we held in June received fantastic feedback, so we hope to see many of you September 6 & 7 for a weekend of craft beer. John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, will be hosting the weekend with special guest Brewmasters from West Flanders Brewing Co., Denver Beer Co., and Bootstrap Brewing Co. You can also enjoy Vail’s Oktoberfest on Saturday prior to the craft beer seminars if you like! 

Vail Cascade Resort has put together a fantastic weekend package for Sip, Savor & Brew events, featuring two nights of lodging plus two passes to all Sip, Savor & Brew weekend events for $330. There is no resort fee for this weekend package, and you can receive a complimentary lodging upgrade with your SOCIAL membership! (  If you don’t need lodging, you can experience the full weekend for only $69. 

Featured Brewmasters for this full weekend of craft beer are: 

  • Brian Lutz, Owner/Brewmaster, West Flanders Brewing Co.
  • Charlie Berger, Owner/Brewmaster, Denver Beer Co.
  • Steve & Leslie Kaczeus, Owners/Brewmaster, Bootstrap Brewing Co.

Each will be presenting a seminar and participating in seminars, discussions, Meet the Brewmaster, and the traditional Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing. I expect discussions will be lively and interesting with this lineup! Here’s the full weekend schedule: 


“Meet the Brewmasters” open tasting in Fireside
4:00 – 7:00pm

Informal discussion: “Craft Beer: Past, Present, Future”
8:00 – 9:00pm

Craft beer dessert to wrap up evening                                              


Activity opportunity

How to Have Fun & Never Brew the Same Beer Twice
2:30 – 3:15pm   

Charlie Berger, Denver Beer Co./ John Carlson, CBG
3:30 – 4:15pm:  Brewing the Belgians

Brian Lutz, West Flanders Brewing Co./ John Carlson, CBG
4:30 – 5:15pm:  Craft Beer Culture & Pioneering Entrepreneurism in Niwot

Steve & Leslie Kaczeus, Bootstrap Brewing Co.
6:00 – 7:30pm:  Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing

Informal discussion: “What makes Colorado different?”
8:00 – 9:00pm

Craft beer dessert to wrap up evening


Activity opportunity/travel day

If you need further information or have any questions about Sip, Savor & Brew, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email or by phone. My contact information is below. 

Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings continue to be very well-attended with excited guests and locals, both. Arlo poured a terrific selection of Ska craft beers this week, including Ska Mexican Logger, Special ESB, Modus Hoperandi, Vernal Minthe Stout, True Blonde Dubbel, Nefarious Ten Pin Porter, and Decadent Imperial IPA. Many thanks to Arlo for his time, expertise and products!

Next Wednesday Brian Dillon will be pouring Odell Brewing Co. goodies for attendees from 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside. Look forward to Odell 90 Shilling, St Lupulin, IPA, and Cutthroat Porter, as well as our Cajun snack mix and 20% off Small Plates during the tasting. It’s always a terrific way to get past the middle of the week!

New on our craft beer list this week are:

  • Great Divide Rumble IPA, American IPA aged in Oak, Denver, CO (draft)
  • Lost Abbey Ten Commanments, Ale with Honey, Raisins & Rosemary, San Marcos, CA (cellar) 

Flights & Bites continues daily from 3 – 6pm, offering 50% off the Small Plate of your choice when you purchase a Craft Draft Flight. The flight is in the process of rotating, and currently offers the following selection: 

  • Steamworks Colorado Kolsch
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Great Divide Rumble IPA
  • Mendocino Eye of the Hawk
  • Ohara’s Irish Stout

Thank you, as always, for your support of our Craft Beer Program. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesdays and at September’s Sip, Savor & Brew!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program