Laura Lodge

Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: 14th Annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Saturday January 11th, 2014

 

 

 Third year in a row we had the honor of broadcasting from Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines at the beautiful Vail Cascade! This was the 14th annual and it was BIG! 137 breweries in a new venue! All the great symposiums, dinners, educational seminars and of course the Grand tasting! Laura and Bill Lodge know what they are doing and it shows! Want to thank Laura and Bill, The Vail Cascade, Holiday Inn Apex West Vail, Elite Brands of Colorado.the cabbie who found my phone, and, of course, all the amazing people who make up the craft beer scene!

We talked to several guests including Todd Thibault and Yeager Sharpe from Breckenridge Brewery, Michelle Maloney from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, PJ Hoberman from Denver off the Wagon and Imbibe, David Thibodeau and Arlo Grammatica from Ska, Sean Nook from Black Bottle Brewery, Bess Dougherty and Shannon Berner from The Wynkoop, and Gary V.

HOUR ONE:

 

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Our first stop on the way to Vail! Dillon Dam Brewery! Big thanks to Cory Forster for hosting us and letting us sip some of his amazing medal winning brews! And we had a solid meal to get a nice base going for what was to come! Get the Chicken Fried Chicken here if you haven’t before.

The Fireside Program has become so popular they had to move to an additional venue! Hanging with some great craft beer folks including John & Will from Three Barrel Brewing, the Strange gang, The Caution Folks, Harry from Black Sky, the Echo twins and many more!

Had to get our grub on Friday night! Steve and Leslie from Bootstrap Brewing, Daniel and Dennis from Echo Brewing, Danny & Betty from Caution, Nathaniel, Andrea and the crew from Big Choice and the Kearns family from Stapleton Tap House!

The Cigar and Beer Pairing event at the Vail Cascade. Thanks Paul for putting this on! A lot of fun conversations and happening around this fire on Friday night!

Late night Shenanigans at the Fireside Lounge! Arlo, Tebo and Harry included.

This guy was definitely prepared for the grand tasting!

Stacy and Stephen Pauwels from Boulevard!

Telluride Brewing’s Chris Fish at the Elite Brands Afterparty!

This is how we got through this bottle! Take a slug and pass it around! John Sliter from Elite Brands gets us started!

You don’t even want to know! Late night at the Fireside with Arlo, Todd Usry and Tebo!

Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines

Very honored to be able to broadcast from the 13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival again this year from the beautiful Cascade Resort and Spa in Vail! Want to give a huge thanks to Laura Lodge, Bill Lodge, Kirsten Texler, IT guru Chad and our awesome engineer Erik Hood for making this happen for us! And also a big thanks to the Antlers at Vail for putting us up! One of our favorite festivals of the year, Big Beers knows how to do it right with a weekend full of seminars, beer dinners, workshops, discussions, a homebrew competition and also some of the greatest and rarest beers you will find all year! Another highlight of this fest is that all the biggest names in beer come out! We tried to fit in as many as we could in two hours!

In Hour One we talked to Boulevard Brewing‘s Steven Pauwels, Barrel Herder at Avery Andy Parker and Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head.

 

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In Hour Two we hit up Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery, Time Myers from Strange, Tomme Arthur from Lost Abbey, Kevin Crompton and Kyle Rossman from Epic Brewing, Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker, Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave and Omar Ansari from Surly Brewing.

 

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We met so many great people and sampled so many great brews! Our only regret is not being able to talk to more of these folks. We could have done a 24 hour show! Can’t wait til next year!