Atwater Beer Buzz August 29

Are you ready for Oktoberfest in Vail yet?

It seems like summer just started, but with the kids going back to school and Oktoberfest starting in Beaver Creek this weekend it sounds more like fall is upon us. I’m personally not ready to let summer go, but embracing more Vail hiking and sunshine along with delicious fall craft beer and harvest foods over a long holiday weekend makes it a little easier.

AND we can look forward to Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek: A Culinary and Craft Beer Experience at the Vail Cascade Resort! It’s coming up quickly, September 6 & 7, this next amped up Brewmaster’s Weekend. We’ll be celebrating the season with the Colorado Brewers Guild and three up-and-coming small brewers on the Front Range of Colorado: Bootstrap Brewing Co., Denver Beer Co., and West Flanders Brewing Co. In addition to  Sip, Savor & Brew, you can also enjoy Vail’s first Oktoberfest weekend in Lionshead on Saturday prior to our scheduled programming.

Friday, September 6, starts off Sip, Savor & Brew weekend in the Fireside Bar with our Meet the Brewmaster event. From 4 – 7pm each brewer will be pouring a selection of his/her craft beers and visiting with our guests and locals. Steve & Leslie Kaczeus (Owners/Brewmaster) will be offering their Bootstrap Brewing Co. products from Niwot, CO, Charlie Berger (Owner/Brewmaster) will be tasting Denver Beer Co. beers from Denver, and Brian Lutz (Owner/Brewmaster) will be representing West Flanders Brewing Co. from Boulder, CO. This is a complimentary event that is open to the public, but it also begins the formal programming for the entire weekend.

For those choosing to attend the entire weekend of craft beer events, an informal discussion with John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, and the guest brewers centering around “Craft Beer: Past, Present & Future” will follow at 8:00pm with a craft beer dessert to wrap up the evening at 9:00pm.

Saturday’s events begin at 2:30pm with three seminars, one hosted by each brewery. Charlie Berger & John Carlson will begin at 2:30pm with “How to Have Fun and Not Brew the Same Beer Twice”. The Denver Beer Co. beers will be also paired with cheese and charcuterie by the Atwater Culinary Team for an additional twist to this seminar.

Continuing the afternoon with “Brewing the Belgians”, Brian Lutz and John Carlson will present the middle seminar more formally in our MountainView Room. Finishing the afternoon will be Steve & Leslie Kaczeus from Bootstrap Brewing Co., showing the audience more about their new brewery with “Craft Beer Culture & Pioneering Entrepreneurism in Niwot, CO”.

The traditional Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event will be held, as usual, in one of Vail's top restaurants, Atwater on Gore Creek at 6:00pm. This is also an a la carte event, and you can make reservations to attend this event without purchasing a pass for the entire weekend of craft beer events in Vail. There is a $25/person charge for four food pairings created by the Atwater on Gore Creek Culinary Team to match the four craft beers presented. Each beer will be introduced by its brewer, and each course by a member from the culinary team for a complete guided tour through culinary wonderland. Such a treat!

Once again on Saturday evening, those participating in the entire weekend will be involved in an informal discussion and enjoy a craft beer dessert to wind down the evening. The discussion topic is targeted to be “What Makes Colorado Different?”, although these discussions tend to follow a direction all their own.

If you would like to participate in the entire weekend of activities, I have attached information about lodging packages – which are really quite a good deal – as well as the weekend event package without lodging, which is $69/person. There are two pages to the flyer, and the second page is the weekend schedule. As mentioned in the flyer, you’re welcome to reach out to me for further information,  to reserve your spot for the weekend – or just for the Small Plates Pairing event. It’s going to be a fantastic experience!

In other craft beer news, our Wednesday Craft Beer Tasting was quite well-received with several beers from Odell Brewing Co. presented for complimentary consumption. Brian Dillon poured Odell 90 Shilling, St. Lupulin, IPA and Cutthroat Porter to a host of excited folks. I think the St. Lupulin edged most everything out with rave reviews, but there was a lot of positive commentary all around. Many thanks to Brian and Joe at Orrison for making that all happen!

Next week Kelly Garoutte will be hosting her first Deschutes Wednesday Craft Beer Tasting, and we’re pleased to have her join us. I will certainly let you know what she will be pouring on the Atwater on Gore Creek facebook page, and we’ll look forward to seeing you between 4:30 and 6:30 in the Fireside Bar for more treats…plus tasty Cajun snack mix and 20% off all of our Small Plates!

New on our craft beer list this week are two seasonal specialties:

  • New Belgium Brewery Pumpkick, Ft. Collins, CO                
  • Epic Imperial Pumpkin Porter, Salt Lake City, UT/Denver, CO (large format)

And our Flights and Bites daily feature, which is kinda Happy Hour from 3 – 6pm, is offering the same draft rotation as last week’s, although it’s still in the middle of rotating more products:

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

We wish you a wonderful long holiday Labor Day weekend in Vail, and we’ll look forward to your visit for a craft beer or two on our beautiful patio or enjoying our 3 for $30 dinner special in Atwater on Gore Creek.

Enjoy the sunshine!

 Laura