Atwater Beer Buzz November 25

Happy Thanksgiving Week! 

The mountain is open, it’s beautiful up there, and there’s turkey in the oven! That’s a pretty nice combo from where I’m sitting, and I think you should come up and join us! We also have our Brewmaster’s Weekend information finalized, so that’s exciting, too…

The final Brewmaster’s Weekend of 2013 is coming up quickly! Steve “Fletch” Fletcher from AC Golden Brewing Co. will be hosting our Brewmaster’s Weekend on December 6 & 7. Come “Meet the Brewmaster” on Friday from 4 – 7pm and sample several different AC Golden products while visiting with Fletch. We’ll also have AC Golden specials going throughout the weekend. 

Saturday at 6pm in Atwater on Gore Creek is our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event, featuring four AC Golden products paired with four Small Plates created by the Atwater Culinary Team for this evening. Steve Fletcher will be giving a guided tour through each beer of the evening, while the culinary team gives insight and discusses each course in turn. It’s a terrific evening for a mere $25++/person. You can reserve your seats by emailing Laura or calling 970-479-1514. The full menu is now available.  View/print the flyer/menu for the entire weekend. 

AC Golden Colorado Native

Spicy Lamb Sopa
corn purée, candied jalapeño
cilantro chimichurri  

AC Golden IPL

Cod au Meuniere
cod beggar’s purse with fondue leeks
shiitake mushrooms, orange zest 

AC Golden Framboise Noir

Honey Goat Cheese Stuffed Artichoke Heart
tarragon bacon caramel vinaigrette
toasted almonds 

AC Golden 100% Whole Wheat Bock

Beef Stroganoff Vol au Vent
creamy beef served in a puff pastry croute
juniper, plums 

In other exciting Brewmaster’s Weekend news, we have a winner for our Atwater Sweepstakes!  Colleen Wirth is our December Sweepstakes Winner, and we’re excited to host Colleen & her husband for Saturday night at the Vail Cascade in addition to offering two complimentary seats for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event. Congratulations Colleen! 

Our final Wednesday Craft Beer Tasting for 2013 was quite successful, and Skylar had a steady stream of happy guests and locals throughout the session. It was the first showing of Christmas beers at the Vail Cascade, and Upslope Christmas had great reviews, as did the Upslope IPA and Brown. Many thanks to Skylar for his time, great products and sharing with all of our attendees! 

Ski Conditioning at the Aria Fitness Club also had a celebratory wrap up on Wednesday evening, and Ski Conditioning athletes were treated to a selection of Left Hand products at their reception following the final workout. Most popular, without question, was the newly released Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro with  Milk Stout Nitro, Polestar Pilsner and (regular) Sawtooth also establishing quite a following.  We appreciate Linn from CR Goodman for filling in for Sarah, and thank Sarah and the team at Left Hand for the tasty treats and support! 

Lots of new products hitting the list in Atwater & Fireside this week, with more lining up to change soon:

  • Dogfish Head Sixty-One, IPA, Milton, DE
  • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Denver, CO
  • Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Goose Island Pere Jacques, Belgian Dubbel, Chicago, IL
  • Stone Suede Imperial Porter (Collaboration), Escondido, CA (large format)
  • New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek (Collaboration), Ft. Collins, CO (cellar)
  • Avery IPA, Boulder, CO  (draft) 

Flights & Bites is also in its last week, and will be changing to “Hoppy Hour” next Monday. We'lll fill you in on those details in the next email. For this week, you can still count on 50% off a Small Plate of your choice when you purchase a Craft Draft Flight. The flight currently showcases: 

  • Hoegaarden
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond
  • Prost Altbier
  • Avery IPA
  • Samuel Adams Winter Lager

We look forward to seeing you throughout the week and the holiday to sample some of these new beers, and will be pleased to hold your seats for the Brewmaster’s Weekend! Have a fantastic Thanksgiving, and we are thankful for you – our friends, our neighbors, our guests, and the craft brewing community.

We thank YOU for your support of our Craft Beer Program!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program