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Atwater Beer Buzz May 10


Are you ready for American Craft Beer Week? Quiet & peaceful it may be up here in the mountains, but there’s quite a bit going on for ACBW. For our part, we’re offering 20% off all American craft beers on our list all week – from Monday the 13th through Sunday the 19th. So swing by on your way through or come up  and soak up that springtime mountain air with our off-season rates! View all the ACBW events across the country here.

The American Homebrewers Association and Vail Cascade Resort are teaming up!  We are pleased to offer AHA members 20% off of their craft beer purchases year-round as well as that special craft beer lodging link that I’ve sent out to you all every so often. So if you’re an AHA member, dig out that membership card and come join us. Steve at the AHA will be sending out an email to AHA members with this new offer in the next day or so. 

Atwater Sweepstakes are back! Enter to win a 1 night stay at the Vail Cascade and 2 seats at the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing for the following Brewmaster’s Weekends: 

  • July 19/20: Upslope Brewing Co.
  • August 16/17:  Breckenridge Brewery
  • December 6/7:  AC Golden Brewing Co.

Go to and enter for each weekend that you’d like to come!

The details for our first Sip, Savor & Brew weekend with Kevin DeLange of Dry Dock Brewing Co. and Bill Eye of Prost Brewing Co. are coming together nicely…and we’re excited! Both of the Brewmasters Seminars will be a collaboration of both Bill and Kevin, and we’ve determined that the second seminar of the afternoon will be titled: “World Beer Cultures”  Learn about the different styles of beers that are brewed in each culture and try some delicious samples over the course of the hour.

June 28/29 is the weekend for our inaugural Sip, Savor & Brew event, and it’s going to be a really intense, interesting, and fun focus on craft beer. The weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday pm:

  • 4:00 – 7:00pm - “Meet the Brewmaster(s)” tasting in Fireside
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm - Informal discussion, topic “The Future of Craft Beer”
  • 9:00pm - Craft beer/ dessert to wrap up evening


Activity options*
Rafting, Jeep Tour, Bike Vail Pass or Vail Mountain, Razor Tour, Zip-lining, Fly-Fishing/Casting Clinic on Gore Creek,  Self-guided Hiking, Aria Spa Treatment, or simply replax & enjoy the amenities of the resort. 

  • 2:30 – 3:30pm -  Brewmaster’s Seminar I
  • 4:00 – 5:00pm -  Brewmaster’s Seminar II: “World Beer Cultures”
  • 6:00 – 7:30pm -  Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing
  • 8:00 – 9:00pm - Informal discussion, topic “tbd”
  • 9:00pm - Craft beer/ dessert to wrap up evening 


On your own, potential additional activity/travel day

*Activity options above are not included and are at your own expense.

View the Sip, Savor & Brew flyer for further information – and remember that SOCIAL members get a complimentary lodging upgrade! 

On our craft beer list there are a couple of things that are almost ready to rotate….but not quite yet. There are also  several items still on Winter Close-out sale, so if you’re up in our neck of the woods, come check them out! 

Flights & Bites is always going on with 50% off a Small Plate of your choice with the purchase of a Craft Draft Flight, which is currently:

  • Hofbrau Hefe Weisse
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA
  • Bonfire Tent Pole Porter
  • Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider

Have a fantastic weekend, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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Atwater Beer Buzz May 10

Greetings craft beer fans! 

We’re inspired! The Craft Brewers Conference was a veritable treasure trove of inspiration for our new program. We attended seminars on everything from Generation Y (tapping into all of that talent) to Women and Beer (programming ideas) to Craft Beer and Food Pairing. One of the food pairing seminars was specific to cheese, and the other was chefs from Karl Strauss Brewing Company talking about how they create their restaurant menu and culture around the beer that they brew. Very, very interesting.

Among the themes at CBC in San Diego was American Craft Beer Week, which is coming up next week! Beginning Monday, May 14th and continuing through Sunday, May 20th there will be craft beer features, promotions, highlights, and who knows what around the country to celebrate these amazing beers, brewers and breweries.   For more information, Craft provides the entire listing here at

Vail Cascade Resort will be celebrating American Craft Beer Week also! Enjoy $5.00 Small Plates with the purchase of any American Craft Beer on our list for the whole week. Our off-season menu offers the following Small Plates for your dining enjoyment: 

                Moroccan Lamb Meatballs  House-Made BBQ Sauce
                Crispy Goat Cheese  Tomato Jam, Colorado Honey
                Ahi Tuna Tacos  Ginger Slaw, Wasabi Aioli
                Sweet Potato Fries  Chipotle Aioli
                Hummus & Pita  Roasted Garlic Hummus, Grilled Vegetables

The Lamb Meatballs, Crispy Goat Cheese & Ahi Tuna Tacos are especially fantastic pairing items, so try them with a flight of craft beers and experiment! 

Our Friday Night Flights Featured Flight for May 11th ($7) will be as follows:

                Uinta Hoodoo Kolsch
                Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
                Ommegang Three Philosophers
                Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti 

Your mission from last week has been accomplished on the Craft Draft scene! We have rotated another handle to the new draft lineup. The new draft feature is: Ska Modus Hoperandi.  Stop by and try it as part of our Craft Draft Sampler (or) enjoy one with a $5 Small Plate for American Craft Beer Week next week! 

Friday’s Craft Draft Sampler ($7) this week: 

                Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
                Sierra Nevada Alpine Spring
                Full Sail Amber
                Ska Modus Hoperandi
                Fuller’s London Porter 

Thank you so much for your support of our craft beer program and American Craft Beer Week!

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