Atwater Beer Buzz October 28


Planning season is underway, with talks of Thanksgiving dinner and Holiday seasonal specialty beers mixed in with our Halloween costume contest. It’s really a holiday scramble, but the best kind with terrific ideas and fantastic adventures coming your way!

On the craft beer radar, our next Brewmaster’s Weekend will be December 6 & 7 with Steve Fletcher of AC Golden Brewing Co. We’re excited to get samples from Steve this week for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event, so menu development will be underway shortly! 

AC Golden Brewmaster’s Weekend will have our traditional format, with Meet the Brewmaster on Friday evening from 4–7pm for a complimentary tasting of a variety of AC Golden craft beers. The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing adventure is Saturday at 6pm, with a guided tour through the four pairings from both the Atwater Culinary Team and our AC Golden featured guest. Make your reservations early, as it’s going to be a busy time of the year! 

Special note: Remember to sign up for the Atwater Sweepstakes at in order to win a free night at Vail Cascade plus two seats to the AC Golden Brewmaster’s Weekend Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event! 

Wednesday’s Craft Beer Tasting was a huge success this week, with nearly everyone in the hotel coming down to experience the tasting and learn about Ska’s beers from Casey Ryan. Since this is a slower time of the year, it’s tough to predict what the turnout will be on any given week, and the crowd – both local and hotel guests – really enjoyed their beer selection and hanging out in Fireside. Nice job, and thank you so much Casey! 

Next week you can look forward to special Halloween treats from Great Divide Brewing Co. in Denver. Tracey Kling will be on hand with a diverse collection of craft beers, including Nomad Pilsner, Hoss Rye Lager and Hibernation Ale. In addition, she’s going to see what treats she can snag from the brewery, so come on by to check it out! 4:30–6:30, Fireside Bar, complimentary craft beer tasting & 20% off Atwater Small Plates…see you then! 

No new beers on the list to report this week, although we have a couple of fun things waiting in the wings! 

Flights and Bites continue with our Fall Craft Draft Selection, including the following: 

  • Prost Weisbier
  • Hoegaarden
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Epic Escape to Colorado IPA
  • Tommyknocker Maple Nut Brown

Come on in and enjoy a leisurely evening by the fireplace or down listening to Gore Creek enjoying the crisp mountain air! Lots of reasons to visit right now, with our 3 for $33 special in Atwater and 20% off of our entrees for locals. Room rates are also terrific, and if you’d like to come visit check out our special craft beer booking rates here: and use the promo code VCBeer1.

Enjoy a fantastic week!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program