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2010 Press Release
December 6, 2009
Laura Lodge

Pumphouse, Deschutes and Papago to Release New Beers in Vail

VAIL, CO – “The brewers at the Pumphouse Brewery are excited to be a part of the Tenth Anniversary of Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines,” says David Mentus, Head Brewer for Pumphouse Brewery & Restaurant in Longmont, CO. “The 2009 tasting was the most impressive display of craft beer I have been a part of and it has inspired me to create a unique blend for their 10th anniversary.” Deschutes Brewing Co. from Bend, OR and Papago Brewing Co. located in Scottsdale, AZ will also be among the twenty brewers releasing unique brews at the festival’s Welcome Reception at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa on January 8, 2010. Many of these beers will be available only to Vail festival attendees or at the respective brewery’s tap room.

Ron Kloth, Owner of Papago Brewing Co. in Scottsdale, AZ cites inspiration for his Big Beers Festival commemorative creation as White Labs Yeast Co.’s Experimental Brewing Seminar at the 2009 Big Beers Festival. Kloth will be presenting Les Fleurs De Paradise, an oak aged Belgian Specialty Beer that includes the eclectic ingredients of  elderflowers, grains of paradise and pears, for Big Beers attendees to sample. The Welcome Reception, underwritten by All About Beer Magazine, is one of many events scheduled to tempt beer connoisseurs from around the country at this boutique, international specialty beer festival over the weekend of January 7 – 9, 2010. [www.bigbeersfestival.com]

Deschutes Brewing Co. held a single barrel (100% French Oak) of their 2009 limited release of Mirror Mirror Barleywine for this 10th Anniversary Big Beers Festival event. Mirror Mirror is produced once every 3 years as a ‘double’ Mirror Pond Barleywine, and is traditionally a blend of Mirror Pond aging in different wine casks. The Big Beers Festival is honored to showcase one of only two kegs to be produced from this single barrel of vintage Mirror Mirror.

Mentus will showcasing a new version of Pumphouse’s Backdraft Imperial Stout. He says that they decided to use a lambic brewer’s approach by blending an old, slightly tart imperial stout (2006) with a young, slightly sharp imperial stout (2008), and then used a traditional lambic flavoring of cherries to elevate this beer to ‘decadent levels’.  “The hard part will be to not dip into this stash other than to check occasionally, which may in fact take burying it in the cooler unlabeled!” For more information about joining the 6000+ Big Beers fans to have experienced this unique festival since its inception, see www.BigBeersFestival.com. The Big Beers Festival also benefits the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, an extremely worthy beneficiary that helps those in need in the Vail Valley due to medical crisis.

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