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.
Colorado Craft Beer Show Brewcast: Hops & Pie’s Littlest Big Wild & Sour Fest Saturday July 20th 2013
We broadcasted live from Hops & Pie‘s Littlest Big Wild & Sour Fest! 20 kegs and over 20 bottles of some of the finest sour and wild beers on earth!Chandra Ruiz was our special guest co host. She runs the Funk’n Wild Beer Club that meets quarterly at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids.
In Hour One we threw out Mobile Canning‘s Brew News You Can Use segment. We then were joined by Brian Horton and Jeff Aragon from Paradox Beer Company. Since they opened in September of 2012, Paradox has been making some great barrel aged and sour brews at their location in Woodland Park and they also are distributing in the metro! They had Skully #3 Currant Sour on tap at the fest! We also tried their amazing Summer Barleywine. We then chatted with Todd Thibault from Breckenridge Brewery about some upcoming events they are involved. We closed out the hour with Andrew Emerton from New Belgium Brewing. They had 3 taps and some more bottles at the fest! Andrew talked about Oskar Blackberry Love, Tart Lychee and Biere de Peach as well as some other new on some Lips of Faith releases.
In Hour Two we led off with Ryan Bogart from Odell Brewing. we talked about Friek and some new brews Odell is going to be releasing. We also talked about their 12 pack samplers that will change during different seasons. Drew Watson from Hops & Pie then our special guest. We talked about throwing a 40 + beer sour fest, events they have coming up and about their amazing food. We closed out the hour with Cary Floyd of Arvada Beer Company.