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Atwater Beer Buzz September 13


We’re continuing to get regular daily showers, and hope it continues when it’s snow!, but nothing like the Front Range is experiencing. Our heartfelt “dry” wishes to everyone who is bailing out and repairing water damage. We hope that you’re safe and sound, albeit wet.

We had an absolutely fantastic Sip, Savor & Brew Weekend with the Colorado Brewers Guild and special guests Leslie & Steve Kaczeus from Bootstrap Brewing Co., Brian Lutz from West Flanders Brewing Co., and Charlie Berger from Denver Beer Co.  Friday’s Meet the Brewmasters event was such a success & the energy so high that our bartender asked if the mountain had opened for ski season! 

Both the informal discussions and the Seminars had a bit of a historical twist over the course of the weekend, with talk about Colorado’s craft beer history, Denver Beer Co. revitalizing their piece of Denver, Brian Lutz talking about Belgian history and his tour of ancient brewery equipment, and Steve & Leslie Kaczeus making their mark in Niwot starting with “the ugliest building they could find.” Interwoven was a healthy dose of cutting edge technology, not the least of which are the internet based blogs that our media guests create and maintain. Both Eater Denver and Denver Off the Wagon spent the weekend with us.  Click here to see their first feedback from the weekend.

This chapter of Sip, Savor & Brew on Gore Creek featured a Small Plates menu showcasing one beer from each brewery (plus a fourth from Trinity Brewing Co.) and custom designed menu pairings by the Atwater on Gore Creek Culinary Team – as is customary. However, the feedback from these pairings was talk of “best ever”, with favorite pairings covering the gambit but favoring Bootstrap’s Merlot Aged 1956 Golden Ale paired with a Panzanella Salad, Watercress, Chervil, Spinach, Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Lemon and a Pork Cinnamon Roll with Apples, Raisins, Braised Greens, and Brandy Jus paired with Trinity Oh Face Saison Provisional. Delicious! And kudos to the Atwater Culinary Team for those amazing creations. 

Many thanks to John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, for gathering our brewers together for this amazing weekend and coordinating such an amazing panel of seminars and discussions. It was fantastic, and we look forward to next year! 

Wednesday Craft Beer Tastings continue to be quite popular, and Lucas was pouring his array of Oskar Blues products to a steady panel of guests and locals this week. Although there were several favorites among the selection, the Deuce, a hoppy brown ale only available at the tap room, was the buzz throughout the tasting. Many thanks to Lucas for his time, great selection of products, and knowledge that he shared with the crowd. 

Next Wednesday Odell Brewing Co. will be hosting our weekly complimentary tasting, and Brian Dillon will be bringing fun selections from their portfolio. Join us from 4:30 – 6:30pm in Fireside as usual, and enjoy 20% off of Small Plates while you’re at it. I’ll post Brian’s picks on the Atwater on Gore Creek facebook page in advance. We’ll see you there! 

New on our craft beer list this week are: 

  • Avery Twenty, Imperial IPA, Boulder, CO (cellar list)
  • Dogfish Head Festina Peche, neo-Berliner Weisse, Milton, DE
  • Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Seattle, WA
  • Elevation Little Mo Porter, Poncha Springs, CO

Flights and Bites continue this week, with 50% off of your choice of a Small Plate with the purchase of a Craft Draft Flight. The current flight continues, although changes are imminent: 

  • Goose Island Honkers Ale
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Great Divide Rumble IPA
  • Mendocino Eye of the Hawk
  • Ohara’s Irish Stout

The leaves are starting to change to gold, one leaf at a time, and we’re looking forward to a glorious Fall.

Thanks so much for your support of our craft beer program, and stay dry out there!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

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Atwater Beer Buzz September 13

Greetings from the golden cooler!

Fall is happening…the nights are crisper and everything is turning gold as we watch! What a beautiful time of the year, and all the more so due to the amazing seasonal craft beer offerings! We’ve got Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale and Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest in bottles on the list now, Samuel Adams Octoberfest on draft, and Ayinger Oktoberfest & Dogfish Punkin’ Ale scheduled to rotate onto the list. There are so many other amazing options available…and if we move through these, we’ll bring more on board!

But before we get into more upcoming events, we'd like to share some of the highlights of our Colorado Brewers Guild Brewmaster’s Weekend. It was absolutely fantastic, and all attendees were excited about the diversity of the craft beers offered by Trinity, Three Barrel and Rockyard… as well as the incredible creativity of the brewers. It was an unprecedented opportunity at the Vail Cascade to try craft beer from three different Brewmasters, plus a diverse offering from other Colorado breweries via John Carlson of the Colorado Brewers Guild. 

The Brewmaster’s Dinner on Saturday evening was beautifully set up in a private room, so attendees had the luxury of mixing and mingling while sampling from the elaborate hors d’oeuvres station. The commentary between the seated courses was entertaining and informative, and John Carlson discussed the pairing for each previous course with the group before moving onto the next. The Atwater culinary team really rocked out the pairings & service; quite a lovely dinner. Thank you so much to Jason Yester from Trinity, Jim Stinson from Rockyard and John Bricker from Three Barrel for joining us and bringing their fantastic beers. Double-thanks to John Carlson for organizing everyone and making the event possible. Everyone is looking forward to a repeat of this dinner and perhaps we’ll expand capacity to more than 30 people as this one was so well-received with a waiting list. 

We’re rolling out our Wednesday Craft Happy Hour next Wednesday, September 19th in Fireside Bar with Breckenridge Brewery! Come join us for two complimentary hours of tasty Breckenridge beers, perfect to pair with our small plates, pizzas, or a fantastic dining experience. Here’s our complete Fall season lineup for your sampling pleasure: 

September 19, 2012

Breckenridge Brewery

September 26, 2012

New Belgium Brewing Co.

October 3, 2012

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

October 10, 2012

Bonfire Brewing Co.

October 17, 2012

Left Hand Brewing Co.

October 24, 2012

Oskar Blues Brewing Co.

October 31, 2012

Boulder Brewing Co.

November 7, 2012

Merchant du Vin

November 14, 2012

Upslope Brewing Co.

If you’re starting to get into the ski season spirit with the cooler weather, come join us for our Aria Ski Conditioning Program! Highly regarded and one of the best programs available, Mike Benedict and his team of fitness trainers will get you in shape for skiing and snowboarding over the course of a tough but feasible (I did it last year) 6 week program. And – get this! – the Aria program is sponsored by the world of craft beer this year, too! Ska Brewing Co., Breckenridge Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co., Odell Brewing Co. and Great Divide Brewing Co. have all stepped up to support your fitness, so come out and gear up! 

Next on the event list for the Fall season is the Great American Beer Festival, and we’re rolling out our Brewmaster’s Weekend Sweepstakes! There will be a drawing prior to each Brewmaster’s Weekend, and the winner will receive a complimentary night at the Vail Cascade and two seats for our Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing with the Brewmaster and Executive Chef Todd Bemis.  You’ll enter to win on our online sweepstakes page, and can choose the event(s) that you would like to be eligible for. Everything should be set up next week for my email, and we'll send you all copies of the information. The Sweepstakes runs through our event in April, so we’ll be running it for almost all of ski season. 

Now – for this week’s update! As mentioned earlier, we have added Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale to our list, and are looking forward to more seasonal goodies as they roll in.  We have also started the new draft rotation with New Belgium 1554, so you’ve got new blood in both of our Friday flights!

This week for our Friday Night Featured Flight ($7) we have: 

  • Boulder Kinda Blue
  • Victory Prima Pils            
  • Dogfish Head Festina Pêche
  • Unibroue La Fin du Monde
  • Elysian Night Owl

And our Craft Draft Flight (only $5!) has changed slightly to the following:

  • Kronenbourg 1664
  • Odell St. Lupulin
  • Samuel Adams Octoberfest
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  • New Belgium 1554

Looking forward to seeing you for our Fall programming, and – as always – offering the convenience of complimentary valet parking for our Fireside and Atwater guests.

Thank you so much for your support!

Laura Lodge
Craft Beer Program

(photo credit: Brandon Durgan)

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