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Vail Cascade Resort & Spa and Oskar Blues Brewery Host ‘Taste of Ale’ During 22nd Annual Taste of Vail

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Executive Chef Todd Bemis and Head Brewer Dave Chichura showcase craft beers and regional cuisine

VAIL, Colo. – Mar. 30, 2012 – Nationally recognized as a brewmaster’s haven, Colorado is home to more than 150 craft breweries. Paying homage to the barley, hops and avant-garde brewmasters that fill our mugs, the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa and Oskar Blues Brewery are hosting the 1st Annual Taste of Ale, Apr. 6-7 at the hotel in Cascade Village. The two-day event will include a craft beer and food pairing experience with Head Brewer Dave Chichura and Executive Chef Todd Bemis on Friday and a complimentary Meet the Brewmaster event on Saturday. The Fireside Bar will feature Oskar Blues craft beer specials all weekend, over the duration of Taste of Vail.

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s best ski resorts, Vail attracts visitors with its diverse award-winning terrain, but it’s the town’s off-the-slopes quintessential charm, cachet, and cuisine that truly endears. For 22 years, Taste of Vail has showcased the town’s diverse and ever-evolving culinary palate and this year Vail Cascade gives Colorado’s craft beer movement a fitting platform. Taste of Ale was created to showcase the refined culinary appeal of expertly paired craft beers with complementary, regionally-inspired cuisine. This year, Vail Cascade will feature the sudsy delights of Oskar Blues, a Longmont based brewery, known for an eclectic line up of bodacious canned craft beers.

Taste of Ale Details

Taste of Ale will feature two separate opportunities for craft beer aficionados to mingle with Oskar Blues’ Head Brewer Dave Chichura. Guests interested in attending can either walk along the recreational path to the Vail Cascade, drive and enjoy complimentary valet parking or take the complimentary shuttle that picks up/drops off at Lionshead Village and Vail Village every 10 minutes.

On Fri., Apr. 6 Vail Cascade will host a Small Plates and Craft Beer Pairing event, from 4 - 5pm in Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant. Head Brewer Dave Chichura and Executive Chef Todd Bemis will be present, guiding guests through each pairing experience. The featured pairings will include edible delights like albacore tuna crudo paired with Mama’s Little Yella Pils; goat cheese tamale paired with Dale’s Pale Ale; branzino en papillote paired with Dale’s Deviant IPA and chicken and sweet potato waffles paired with Old Chub Scottish Ale. The pairing event is $20 per person and is open to the public. On Sat., Apr. 7 Vail Cascade will host a happy hour mingling event with the brewmaster from 4 - 7pm in the Fireside Bar. The gathering is free and open to the public.

2012 Craft Beer, Creative Cuisine Series

Once a month, brewmasters and beer lovers will convene at the Vail Cascade for two days of mingling, learning and sampling. The format includes a happy hour craft beer sampling session with the guest brewmaster and other craft beer and food pairing events throughout the weekend. The happy hour mingler and educational seminars are free and open to the public, but some craft beer and food pairing events may require a participation fee and/or reservations.

The 2012 Craft Beer, Creative Cuisine series will host the following brewmasters at the Vail Cascade:

  • June 1-2 – Bonfire Brewing Co., Eagle and Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, Edwards
  • July 6-7 – Avery Brewing Co., Boulder
  • Aug. 17-18 – Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins
  • Sept. 7-8 – Colorado Brewers Guild
  • Nov. 23-24 – TBD
  • Dec. 7-8 – Ska Brewing Co., Durango

Craft Beer, Creative Cuisine Learning Packages

The Vail Cascade Fireside Bar and Atwater on Gore Creek restaurant boast an eclectic lineup of more than 25 Colorado, American and International craft beers, spanning classic brews, hard-to-find vintages, exclusive releases and one-of-a-kind creations. Five craft beers on draft cover a spectrum of basic brew styles, while bottled beers are continually rotated to provide approachable options for newcomers and fresh thrills for connoisseurs. For guests interested in a one-on-one learning experience, the Vail Cascade is offering three signature craft beer packages. Each package is tailored for two guests to enjoy, but can be customized to meet any size party and beer style preferences.

For the Love of Beer, $30

Relax, sample and learn about trends and the varying ingredients that make each craft beer unique.

  • Two-hour private session with Laura Lodge, Vail Cascade’s craft beer specialist
  • Two draft beer sampler flights (five, 3oz. beer pours)
  • Choice of two single servings of craft beer

For the Love of Beer AND Food, $82

Savor expertly paired craft beer and small plates while learning tips on how to create pairings, build flavor contrasts and create palate pleasing duos that will satisfy both thirst and hunger. 

  • Two hour private session with Laura Lodge, Vail Cascade’s craft beer specialist, and Executive Chef Todd Bemis to discuss the art of beer and food pairings.
  • Two draft beer sampler flights (five, 3oz. beer pours)
  • Five small plates and corresponding beer pairings (5 samples of 3oz. beer pours per person)

Sweet Influences, $48

Sample indulgently paired craft beers and sweet confections and learn the art of pairing, tips for integrating sweet ingredient enhancers and ideas for inspired seasonal pairings.

  • Two hour private session with Laura Lodge, Vail Cascade’s craft beer specialist, and Pastry Chef Kendra Hamilton to discuss the art of beer and dessert pairings.
  • Five pre-selected beer and dessert pairings (5 samples of 3oz. pours for each person)

Vail Cascade offers special lodging rates and discounts for guests that book one of these signature packages. For more information, visit or call 970.479.7014. 

About Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

Vail Cascade's ideal location and breathtaking mountain surroundings create the perfect natural playground for all-season adventure. With pleasantly warm summers and cool falls, you can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, strolling through the Villages and soaking up sun poolside. Frosty winter and springtime temperatures transform the hotel into a snowy wonderland with true ski-in/ski-out access.  Just like the hotel itself, dining at Vail Cascade is truly an event to be savored. Atwater on Gore Creek, the hotel's signature dining venue overlooking Gore Creek, fuses modern style with the region's natural elements. Locally inspired and delightfully enjoyed, Atwater serves creative American cuisine in a stylish yet comfortable environment for an exceptional dining experience.  A world of wellness awaits you at Vail Cascade's 78,000-square-foot Aria Spa & Club - the largest spa and fitness facility in the Vail Valley. From the moment you arrive, you feel the inviting warmth and healthy energy of a true mountain retreat. Focusing on all-encompassing wellness, Aria Spa & Club brings mind, body and spirit into balance with pampering treatments, invigorating workouts and a focus on a healthy life.  Visit and call 1-800-420-2424 for more information.

About Destination Hotels & Resorts

Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,100 guest rooms, 16 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.

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