Sometimes you have to pinch yourself and say your dreaming! Well, this was another one of those times where we found ourselves with our 4th invite to Big Beers in Vail! Yep, Laura Lodge was kind enough to have us back for 3 days of crazy fun. If you’ve never been to Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines – we suggest you put it on your bucket list. From educational seminars to insanely thought out beer dinners to a grand tasting that is TRULY grand. Big Beers has it all! Throw in the Vail Casade for lodging and the beauty of Vail Valley and you get blown away. Laura and Bill Lodge took great care again and invited us to the Epic/Sam Adams Beer Dinner. We also did Beer Yoga, skied, sat in the bar and met countless beer heroes. It gets better every year! We just wish we were able to take more and better photos.
Thibault and Stacy sat in for the show and we talked to a ton of people. In hour caught up with New Belgium Brewing‘s Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert and Sensory Specialist Lauren Salazar, John Carlson of the Colorado Brewers Guild, Dogfish Head‘s Sam Galagione, and Ska Brewing‘s co-owner and founder Dave Thibodeau.
In hour two we led off with Boston Beer Company Brewmaster Jennifer Glanville. We then caught up with Renegade Brewing‘s Laura Vande Zande, Caution Brewing‘s Danny and Betty Wang and Epic Brewing‘s head brewer Jordan Schupbach.
The Gubna and Turk broadcasted live from the Cache La Feudor Room at New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins! We want to thank all the folks at NBB who made this happen! Our special guest in the program were media relations guru Bryan Simpson, social media guru and blogger Michael Bussman, assistant brewmaster Grady Hull and sensory specialist and wood beer manager Lauren Salazar. We talked everything New Belgium including their 21 year history, the new Asheville brewery, the Tour de Fat, their videocasts, the Lips of Faith series, new releases, sour beers and they schooled us on why there is no need to cellar their beers! It was an amazing day at the brewery! We also talked to our beer despondent Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery!