Atwater Beer Buzz December 4

Let the snow games begin! 

This morning we can boast about a foot of snow, and it’s still coming down! Time for a snowman, making angels in the snow, a snowball fight…and to get up on the mountain for some amazing runs. Vail has more than 40 runs open – probably adding more today! - which is fantastic for this time of year.

We’re celebrating with our Brewmaster’s Weekend this Friday & Saturday, so come up and play in the snow with us…and enjoy some AC Golden treats afterward. Steve “Fletch” Fletcher will be here from AC Golden Brewing Co. from 4 – 7pm on Friday for “Meet the Brewmaster” in Fireside, visiting with everyone and pouring complimentary samples of a variety of AC Golden products. Stop in as you can, and enjoy complimentary parking, too! 

Saturday will be our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing at 6pm in Atwater on Gore Creek, and Fletch will be co-hosting the event with the Atwater Culinary Team. Enjoy a guided tour of four small plates created for the four AC Golden beers selected for the event. It’s a tasty tour and a fantastic opportunity to hear about both the craft beers from the brewers who create them & the amazing food from the team that has prepared it for you. Click here to view the menu. The price tag is a mere $25++/person. Make your reservations by emailing Laura or calling 970-479-1514. 

There’s a new promotion beginning this week called “Craft on Draft Hoppy Hour” in Fireside. Flights & Bites has been replaced with Hoppy Hour, which is a slightly different equation: When you purchase a regularly priced Small Plate from the Atwater on Gore Creek menu, you get $2 off a draft beer. This offer is valid from Sunday through Wednesday, 2–4pm and 9–10pm. 

There are several new items on our craft beer list this week, with more on the horizon: 

  • Trinity Sunna Wit, Colorado Springs, CO  (draft)
  • Fuller’s ESB, London, UK  (draft)
  • Great Divide Nomad, Bohemian Pilsner, Denver, CO
  • Stone Levitation, Amber, Escondido, CA
  • Lost Abbey Mayan Apocalypse,  Abt/Quadrupel, San Marcos, CA

Our draft rotation through the middle of January is in place, and you can enjoy $2 off pints of the following for Hoppy Hour: 

  • Trinity Sunna Wit
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  • Fuller’s ESB
  • Avery IPA
  • Samuel Adams Winter Bock 

A quick heads up for everyone that I am passing the baton to Meagan Francisco, who will be the new coordinator of the Vail Cascade Craft Beer Program. Meagan is the General Manager of Atwater on Gore Creek, is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and really loves craft beer! Starting next week, if you’d like information about the Vail Cascade Craft Beer Program please reach out to Meagan at If you’d like to reach me, I will be available at or at

A tremendous thank you to everyone for your support in creating and growing this craft beer program! It’s been a fantastic experience, and I hope that you will all continue to support Meagan as you have supported me. Three cheers to craft beer, and I look forward to seeing you this weekend to celebrate Brewmaster’s Weekend with AC Golden. 

Enjoy the snow!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program