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2016 Seminars
Featured Presenters: Cicerone Certification Program | Julia Herz & Adam Dulye | Cigar Pairing | Experimental Brewing Seminar | The Yoga of Brewing | Geoff Larson | Omar Ansari | Troy Casey | Noah Steingraeber | John Holl | Ginger Johnson | Denny Conn & Drew Beechum | Dr. Nicole Garneau

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The educational component of our festival weekend
continues to grow, and is beginning to attract as much attention as the Commercial Tasting itself. Please note that we will be modeling the schedule for the weekend after last year’s as it was quite successful. There will again be four seminar tracks on Saturday afternoon: the Brewmaster’s Track, a Technical Track, the Sensory Workshop Track and the "Random Track", and there will be no seminars that begin after the Commercial Tasting starts at 2:30pm.

“It was refreshing, and I hope other Brewers were taking notes, to hear Adam talk about high-alcohol brewing as a way to create flavors that age gracefully rather than a bullet train to drunkenness.” [“High Alcohol Brewing”, Adam Avery/Sam Calagione]
– Rick Matsumoto, Rocky Mtn Brewing News

As is traditional for our Big Beers Featured Brewmasters, each will choose a topic to showcase their area(s) of expertise and/or love of brewing. Each will speak and interact with the audience for 50 minutes' time, and share several beers that support their topic. This year these seminars will be held after the Experimental Brewing Seminar and before the Commercial Tasting begins. The first will be at 12:00 pm, and the second at 1:15pm.

There will be 75 seats available for each of the larger seminars: Experimental Brewing, Featured Brewmasters' Seminars, and CraftBeer.com's Seminar. By popular demand we have established a system whereby for a $10 donation to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund you may save a seat for a seminar. Please note that this $10 donation is in addition to your Commercial Tasting & Seminars event pass, and if you are not present at the time that the seminar begins your seat will be awarded to another attendee on a first come, first seated basis.

The Cicerone Workshop will be offered at no charge, thanks to All About Beer Magazine, and we are told that this opportunity has not previously been available at any event! The Yoga of Brewing and the Cigar Pairing Experience are also free of charge and open to those attending  or participating in the Commercial Tasting.

NOTE: The morning's workshop is just an overview and/or review—it should not be considered a comprehensive prep course. Those taking the afternoon Certified Cicerone exam should be prepared ahead of time, and can view the exam syllabus at: http://cicerone.org/content/certified-cicerone-syllabus. To register for this exam, visit: http://cicerone.org/content/exam-schedule.


The Sixteenth Annual Big Beers Festival is honored to welcome the following Brewmasters and industry experts as featured presenters for this year’s festivities:

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Cicerone Workshop
Friday  8:30–11:30 am  Centennial Ballroom
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The Big Beers Festival is pleased to once again be hosting the Cicerone Program over festival weekend. As is traditional, the the Cicerone Workshop will be held from 8:30am – noon on Friday morning. With the generous sponsorship of All About Beer Magazine, Ray Daniels and his team will be presenting this informational workshop free of charge, an unprecedented opportunity for the beer lover or connoisseur.  Open to the public, topics covered in the workshop will range from storage and draft equipment to beer styles and food & beer pairing…covering almost everything you can imagine in the world of beer. It is not necessary to sign up for this workshop. Come on in and join us!


Certified Cicerone Exam
Friday  2:30 pm Blue Spruce Meeting Room
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CiceroneOnce again, guests & participants at the Big Beers Festival will have the opportunity to become a Certified Cicerone. Relatively new to the beer scene, the Cicerone Program offers a measurable certification with regard to knowledge of all things beer. Similar to a Sommelier designation in the world of wine, there are three levels of Cicerone Certification. The Certified Beer Server designation is accessible on line at www.cicerone.org for a modest fee. The Certified Cicerone Exam is significantly more advanced, and is only offered a few times per year at locations around the country. To register for the Certified Cicerone Exam in Vail at the Big Beers Festival, please contact Ray Daniels, Director, at Ray@Cicerone.org or by going to Contact Us on the www.Cicerone.org website. Ray will handle all registration and fees associated with the exam directly with you, and the exam will begin at 2:30pm at the Vail Cascade Resort.

NOTE: The morning's workshop is just an overview and/or review—it should not be considered a comprehensive prep course. Those taking the afternoon Certified Cicerone exam should be prepared ahead of time, and can view the exam syllabus at: http://cicerone.org/content/certified-cicerone-syllabus. To register for this exam, visit: http://cicerone.org/content/exam-schedule.

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Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director
Chef Adam Dulye, Executive Chef f
or the Brewers Association, Boulder, CO
Topic: "Craftbeer.com Beer and Food Experience"
Friday  6:00–7:00 pm  Rocky Mountain Ballroom

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Craft BeerJulia HerzFoodies and beer geeks unite while we help tune your inner pairing guide during this unique and cutting edge demonstration. Get ready to enjoy craft beers from small and independent U.S. brewers along with a strategic pairing plate of locally sourced ingredients representing the basic tastes of sweet, salt, sour, bitter and umami while we take your palate and mind on a ride.

Julia Herz is the Craft Beer Program director at the Brewers Association, publisher of CraftBeer.com and a spokesperson for the Brewers Association. She is a BJCP-certified beer judge, an award-winning homebrewer, a Certified Cicerone® and a beer educator. She has been featured by The Splendid Table, The Food Network’s Unwrapped, CNBC’s Closing Bell, Good Morning America Live, is a regular beer blogger for HuffPost Taste, is co-author of the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course as well as the forthcoming book Beer Pairing.Brewers AssociationAdam Dulye

Chef Adam Dulye (pronounced “doo-lee”) is executive chef for the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com. Dulye is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who has helmed kitchens with a craft beer focus from the mountains of Colorado to San Francisco, California. Dulye also oversees culinary side of SAVOR®: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience, Paired at the Great American Beer Festival®, and the World Beer Cup® and is co-author of the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course.

This seminar will accommodate 75 people. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.



Paul GatzaCigar Pairing Experience
Clay Carlton, Palma Cigars

Paul Gatza, Brewers Association Director
Bridgette & Greg Geiger
Friday Night:  10:00pm–midnight
Creekside Meeting Room
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Join Paul Gatza (top right), Bridgette & Greg Geiger for masterful pairings of hand rolled cigars by Clay Carlton (bottom right) and great craft beer. Experiment and visit with the man behind the cigars and the team Clay Carlton Rolling Cigarsresponsible for the featured pairings.

No ticket or reserved seat required for this event, with just an occasional informal presentation. Come and go as you like. Bring your coat for smoking outside at the fire pit.

 

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Experimental Brewing Seminar
Topic: Koelschips
Saturday  9:30–11:30 am  Rocky Mountain Ballroom

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Our earliest seminar on Saturday morning is the Experimental Brewing Seminar, running from 9:30am – 11:30am. The result of a brainstorming session geared toward including innovative brewers who are mapping out the future of craft brewing, but may not be geared toward packaging or nationwide marketing, the Big Beers Festival is pleased to once again host  “Brewing Outside the Box: Brewers Gone Wild!”  The following Brewmasters will be presenting on the 2016 topic: Koelschips.

Panelists:
   Jason Perkins, Allagash Brewing Co.
   Jason Yester, Trinity Brewing Co.
   Chase Healey, Prairie Artisan Ales
   Jeffrey Stuffings, Jester King Brewery

Moderator:
   David Edgar

Allagash BrewingJason PerkinsJason Perkins is the brewmaster of Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine. He was one of the first employees in the company and he has been there for the past 17 years.  Prior to that, Jason enjoyed opportunities to work at, The Kettle House in Missoula, Montanta and Gritty McDuff's in Freeport, Maine.  He began his brewing career like so many craft brewers as a homebrewer during college and the early years thereafter.


Trinity BrewingTBDJason Yester
Bio, photos and logos to come!

 

 

 

Prairie Artisan AlesChase HealeyChase Healey
Bio to come!


Jester King BreweryJeffrey StuffingsJeffrey Stuffings is the Founder of Jester King Brewery in Austin, Texas. He grew up in Bradenton, Florida and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Political Science in 2002. He then graduated from Boston College Law School in 2006. During his time in Boston, Jeffrey was introduced to craft beer and homebrewing. In 2007, he followed his wife Amber to Austin, Texas and began homebrewing intently. Dissatisfied with law, Jeffrey left the profession and began working at Austin Homebrew Supply, while simultaneously working on the business plan for Jester King Brewery. After fundraising and construction, Jeffrey opened Jester King in 2010 along with his partners Michael Steffing and Ron Extract. Today, Jeffrey manages the brewery and maintains oversight of all aspects of the business. He and his wife Amber have two children and live in Dripping Springs, Texas.

Note: This seminar will accommodate 75 people. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

The Yoga of Brewing
Stephanie Long, Altitude Brewery & Chophouse, Laramie, WY
Saturday Morning:  10:00–11:00 am Centennial Ballroom Foyer

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StephanieThe Yoga of Brewing: Discover yogic wisdom and practices to enhance your skill as both a brewer and a consumer of amazing beer. This session is the perfect way to prepare your body, mind, and soul to receive the outstanding selection of beers coming your way throughout the day. Join Registered Yoga Teacher and beer lover (especially Belgians, Big Beers, and Barleywines) Stephanie Long from Altitude Brewery and Chophouse in Laramie, Wyoming for this experiential session. No yoga experience, mat, or yoga pants required! Roll out of bed for your first - and most unique - pairing of the day.  No ticket or reserved seat required for this event.

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Brewmasters’ Seminar Track

Geoff Larson, President & Co-Founder
Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Company, Juneau, AK
Brewmasters' Track: "Thirty Years of Award Winning Beers and Local Ingredients"
Saturday  12:00–12:50 pm  Rocky Mountain Ballroom
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Alaskan BrewingGeoff Larson
Geoff Larson graduated from the University of Maryland in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering.  Upon graduation, Geoff worked in Research and Development for Kemp Manufacturing and was responsible for developing and field testing ethanol-processing equipment.  He also completed additional studies in brewing science at Siebel Institute of Technology.

In 1985, he founded Alaskan Brewing Company with his wife and partner, Marcy.  Geoff and Marcy were 28 years old at the time they started the brewery, and Alaskan Brewing has grown to become the 20th largest craft brewery in America, with distribution in 17 states. Alaskan Brewing is recognized as one of the most award-winning breweries in the country.

Geoff is known industry-wide as a leader in craft brewing, in both brewery innovation and brewing techniques.  He co-authored a Beer Style series book on the Smoked Beer category.  His role at the brewery currently is focused on developing the future vision, strengthening industry relationships and working on technology and plant operation issues. Geoff is also a board member of the Juneau Community Foundation, the Vice Chair of the Juneau Utilities Advisory Board, and a board member and active participant of the Seadogs K-9 Search & Rescue.

Note: This seminar will accommodate 75 people. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.



Omar Ansari, Founder & President
Surly Brewing CompanyOmar Ansari
Surly Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN
Brewmasters' Track: "TBD"
Saturday  1:15–2:05 pm  Rocky Mountain Ballroom
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All information forthcoming.

Note: This seminar will accommodate 75 people. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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Technical Seminar Track

Troy Casey, Founder/Owner
Casey Brewing & Blending, Glenwood Springs, CO
Technical Seminar Track: "Check The Blend: Tasting a Blend of The Cut from Start to Finish"

Saturday  12:00–12:50 pm  Location (tbd)
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Casey Brewing and BlendingTroy CaseyTroy Casey of Casey Brewing and Blending will lead you on a journey through his blending process. Participants will taste the different base barrels that created the blend, the carbonated final blend and the resulting fruit beer that was made from it.

Troy Casey started Casey Brewing and Blending in Glenwood Springs in 2014. He's previously worked at Bristol Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. He has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a MSc in Food Science from the University of California at Davis, is a Diploma Brewer from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and a Certified Cicerone®.

Note: Limited number of seats. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

Noah Steingraeber, Lead Barrel Slinger/Marketing Director
Rocky Mountain Barrel Company, Wheat Ridge, CO
Technical Seminar Track: "Sourcing Barrels"
Saturday  1:15–2:05 pm  Location (tbd)
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Rocky Mountain Barrel Company Noah SteingraeberI was brought into the barrel business while locked in at the bar of TRVE Brewing one night with Skyler Weekes, RMBC owner and founder. He was buying me beers until I couldn’t refuse his offer to come work as a consultant for the company. While it sounds like I was coerced into the situation, my leap of faith has proven to be quite the rad, barrel ride!

My background is in Marketing, including a small stint with Anheuser Busch Denver, but I’ve found myself wearing a number of hats with the RMBC logo: Sales, Business Development, Marketing, Operations, and naturally extensive product research in all barrel aged beverages (aka drinking, much to my girlfriend’s dismay) and supporting Skyler in barrel procurement.

The entrepreneurial aspect involved is the most intriguing along with the education and practical application of the products RMBC purveys. Every day is a learning experience and there is a lot of satisfaction in seeing something grow after all the hours pumped into it, especially right alongside the phenomenal clients we support.

Panelist information also coming.

Note: Limited number of seats. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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John Holl
Editor, All About Beer Magazine

Sensory Workshop : "Miracles From Mistakes"
Saturday 12:00–12:50 pm  Location tbd
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Before it's declared a world class beer, there's often kinks to work out. Join a panel of celebrated brewers who discuss early incarnations of beers we all know and love, before they were ready for prime time.

Moderated by John Holl of All About Beer Magazine, learn tips and techniques to make better beer, learn from mistakes, and get some insight into the challenging and ultimately rewarding profession of brewing beer.

Panelists:
Jennifer Glanville, Boston Beer Co.
Karen Hamilton, Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Jared Long, Altitude Chophouse & Brewery
Neil Fisher, WeldWerks Brewery

John Holl is an award-winning journalist covering beer and the culture of drinking. 
He is the editor of All About Beer Magazine, author of the American Craft Beer Cookbook, host of the Beer Briefing on iHeartRadio, and a syndicated newspaper columnist. John has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Beverage World, CraftBeer.com and many other publications. He's judged beer competitions around the globe, regularly lectures on craft beer, and appears often on television. He lives in New Jersey. 

Note: Limited number of seats. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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Ginger Johnson, CEO/Founder
Women Enjoying Beer & Ginger Johnson LLC, Talent, OR

Sensory Workshop: "How to Cook With Beer: Wandering Around Your Kitchen With Ginger"
Saturday 1:15–2:05 pm  Location (tbd)
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Women Enjoying BeerGinger JohnsonYou already know you like beer. So how do you learn to add it to your cooking skills?

This class will cover myriad ways for you to use beer in your prepping and cookings. Hot? Cold? Room temp? We'll cover it all. Ginger will offer a platter full of ideas how to use beer as ingredient as well as suggestions on pairing it with the foods she talks about. As a bonus, you'll stroll away from this talk with her Magic 7 Ways To Use Beer in The Kitchen. Of course, count on a lively and tasty talk - samples of food & beer will be served! Because beer isn't just for your glass anymore.

Ginger's an enthusiastic flavor lover, professional speaker and presenter. Her first TED talk included beer and she's thrilled to return to the 2016 BBBB Festival. "It's a highlight for me to be part of the festival - well run, well done, and fantastic hosts & guests!" She travels the globe to entertain & enlighten and can be found cooking up a storm for Her Fine Husband, two great canines and friends. Learn more about her tenure with beer and various other pursuits and come join her in Vail this year.

Note: Limited number of seats. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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Denny Conn & Drew Beechum
Co-Authors, Experimental Homebrewing- Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer
Random Track: "Experimental Homebrewing- Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer"
Saturday 12:00–12:50 pm Location (tbd)

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Denny Conn brewed his first batch of homebrew in 1998 and has since brewed 500+ more. He is a BJCP National–Ranked Beer Judge and was a member of the Governing Committee of the American Homebrewers Association for nine years. His recipes have been brewed by several commercial breweries in both the United States and Europe. He was a contributing author to “Craft Beer for the Homebrewer” and co-author with Drew Beechum of "Experimental Homebrewing - Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer" and the upcoming "Homebrew All Stars".  He consults for several breweries and holds the title of "Field Educator" at Oakshire Brewing in Eugene OR.  He lives in the foothills of the Coast Range in Oregon with his wife, five cats, and two dogs.

Drew BeechumDrew Beechum has been brewing and writing about brewing since he first picked up a kettle in 1999. He is the author of The Everything®  Homebrewing BookThe Everything® Hard Cider Book, and The  Homebrewer’s Journal and Experimental Homebrewing with Denny Conn. Drew has also written for Zymurgy, the journal of the American Homebrewers Association, and he writes a regular column for Beer Advocate. He lives in Pasadena, California with his lovely wife, a dedicated brewery and his loyal army of dogs and cats. 

Note: Limited seating. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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Dr. Nicole Garneau
Flavor Lab, LLC
Random Track: "Build Your Beer IQ: The Science Behind Flavor"

Saturday 1:15–2:05 pm Location (tbd)

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Nicole GarneauDr. Nicole Garneau is a human geneticist in sensory science. Her research interests include determining the way a person's DNA affects their ability to taste, the interplay of the different senses in flavor perception, and the complex interaction of food and beer pairings. An advocate for communicating  science as an everyday part of our lives, Dr. Garneau was a finalist for the prestigious Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She serves on the Sensory Subcommittee of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, the Food and Beer Working Group, the Advisory Board for the Fermentation Science Program at Colorado State University, and is a cofounder of Flavor Lab, LLC. When she's not in the lab, or collaborating on sensory science in the beer industry, she's dropping science gems online as @yopearlscigirl and at www.drnicolegarneau.com.

Note: Limited seating. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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Our historical “Seminar Treasury” includes the following speakers and topics:

2015
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2015“Experimental Brewing: Brewers Gone Wild!”
Speaking on the 2015 theme: “Stouts: Beyond Tradition” moderated by David Edgar:
John Mallett, Production Manager, Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
Cory King, Head Brewer, Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO
Brian Dunn, Founder/Owner, Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Dr. Jeremy Gobien, Owner/Head Brewer, Copper Kettle Brewing Co., Denver, CO

“Yeast Cultures & Keg Refermentation”
Jef Versele, Owner, Brouwerij Van Steenberge, East Flanders, Belgium

“Non-Traditional Ingredients”
Ron Kloth, Founder/Owner, Papago Brewing Co., Scottsdale, AZ

 “CraftBeer.com’s Palate Trips and an Insider Tasting”
Julia Herz & Chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association

“American Style Sour Beer”
Ben Knutson, Specialty Sour & Barrel Aged Beers, AC Golden Brewing Co.

“Belgian Inspiration”
Peter Bouckaert, Brewmaster, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, CO
Lauren Salazar, Wood Cellar Manager, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, CO

“Beer & Food with the Beervangelist”
Fred Bueltmann, Owner/VP of Sales & Marketing, New Holland Brewing Co., New Holland, MI

“Harvesting Yeast from Strange Places”
John Holl, Editor, All About Beer Magazine
Panelists:
John Bricker, Three Barrel Brewing Co.
Matt Brophy, Flying Dog Brewery
Ryan Scott, Odd 13 Brewing Co.
James Howat, Former Future Brewing Co.

“Send in the Clones: Sensory Analysis and Recipe Formulation Techniques for Homebrewers”
Amahl Turczyn, Associate Editor, Zymurgy & The New Brewer Magazines

“Vintage Beer: Identifying Cellar-Worthy Brews”
Patrick Dawson, Author, Vintage Beer

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2014
“Experimental Brewing: Brewers Gone Wild!”
Speaking on the 2014 theme: “Saisons” moderated by David Edgar:
Jason Yester, Brewmaster/Owner, Trinity Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO
Stephen Pauwels, Brewmaster, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
Dann Paquette, Brewmaster, Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, Somerville, MA
Bryan Greenhagen, Founder/Fermenter, Mystic Brewery, Chelsea, MA

“Blending Barrel Aged Beers, Part I & Part II”
Cam O’Connor, Brewmaster, Deschutes Brewing Co., Bend, OR and
Scott Vaccaro, Owner/Brewmaster, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Elmsford, NY

“CraftBeer.com’s Winter Seasonals & the Brewers Who Brew Them”
Julia Herz, Moderator
Jeffrey Green, Very Nice Brewing Co., Evergreen, CO
Cory Forster,  Dillon Dam Brewery, Dillon, CO
Omar Ansari, Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, MN
Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Elmsford, NY

"Mmmmm! Ahhhhh! Beer In Food: Cooking With The Best ingredient In Your Kitchen"
Ginger Johnson, Founder/Operator, Women Enjoying Beer, Ashland, OR

"Brewing with Brettanomyces"
Chad Yakobson, Founder/Brewmaster, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project, Denver, CO

"Exploring Malt: Color, Aroma & Flavor"
John Holl, Editor, All About Beer Magazine
Panelists:
Will Meyers, Brewmaster, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA
John Mallett, Production Manager, Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
Omar Ansari, Owner, Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, MN
Tim Matthews,  Head Brewer, Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO

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2013
“Experimental Brewing: Brewers Gone Wild!”
Speaking on the 2013 theme: “Smoke” moderated by David Edgar:
Ro Guenzel, Brewmaster, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Geoff Larson, Brewmaster/Owner, Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK, Co-Author, “Smoked Beers: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes
Ray Daniels, Co-Author, “Smoked Beers: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes” & Creator, Cicerone Certification Program

“All About Barleywines”
Kevin DeLange, Brewmaster/Owner, Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO

“Oak Three Ways: Fermented, Aged & Wild”
Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA

"Creating Flavor - The Art of Blending Hops"
Daniel Bradford, Publisher, All About Beer Magazine, Durham, NC

“Brewing Belgian Styles”
Steven Pauwels, Brewmaster, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

“The Beer in My Cheese”
Bill Graham, Brewmaster, Ska Brewing Co., Durango, CO

“CraftBeer.com’s Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off”
Moderated by Julia Herz, Brewers Association



 

Victor:

 Shawn DeWitt, Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado, CA

 

Challengers:

Scott Witsoe of Wit's End Brewing Co.,Denver, CO
Nathan Venner of the Altitude Chophouse & Brewery, Laramie, WY
Geoff Larson of Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK

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2012
“Colorado Double IPAs”
Todd Usry, Brewmaster/Director of Brewing Operations, Breckenridge Brewery, Denver, CO with special guests Doug Odell of Odell Brewing Co. & Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing Co., and moderated by Steve Kurowski of the Colorado Brewers Guild.

“Maltilicious – the Building Blocks of Flavor”
John Mallett, Production Manager for Bell’s Brewing Co., Kalamazoo, MI

“The Marriage of Good Beer & Good Music”

Sam Calagione, President/Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

“The Elements of Flavor”

Daniel Bradford, Publisher, All About Beer Magazine, Durham, North Carolina

“Craft Beer & Cigar Pairing”

Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association, Boulder, CO
Jeremy Weiner, Smoker Friendly International, Denver, CO
Travis Pappenheim, Altadis USA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

“Experimental Brewing: Brewers Gone Wild!”
Speaking on the 2012 theme: “The Evolution of a Barrel” moderated by David Edgar:

  • Yuri DeLeon, Cooperages 1912, Napa, CA
  • Andy Causey & Mitch Abate of Downslope Distilling, Centennial, CO
  • Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster for Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
  • Joe Mohrfeld, Head Brewer for Odell Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, CO

“CraftBeer.com’s Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off”
Moderated by Julia Herz, Brewers Association


 

Victor:

 Rick Chapman, Coronado Brewing Co., Coronado, CA

 

Challengers:

Steven Pauwels, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
Kevin Bolen, Grand Teton Brewing Co., Victor, ID
John Mallett, Bell’s Brewing Co., Kalamazoo, MI

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2011
“SlowBrew Tour of Belgium”
Chris Bauweraerts, Co-Founder of Brasserie d’Achouffe, Ardennes, Belgium

“Belgian Yeast”

Steven Pauwels, Brewmaster for Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

“Regional Brewing Traditions Around the World”

Sam Calagione, President/Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE

“Hops, Hops & More Hops”

Daniel Bradford, Publisher, All About Beer Magazine, Durham, North Carolina

“Experimental Brewing: Brewers Gone Wild!”
Speaking on the 2010 theme: “The World of Sours” & Moderated by David Edgar:

  • Sean Knoll, Vice President of Artisanal Imports, Denver, CO
  • Adam Avery, Brewmaster/Founder of Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
  • Tomme Arthur, Brewmaster/Director of Operations for Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co., San Marcos, CA

“CraftBeer.com’s Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off”
Moderated by Julia Herz, Brewers Association

 

Victor:

Steven Pauwels, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO

 

Challengers:

Matt Brophy, Flying Dog Brewing Co., Frederick, MD
Todd Usury, Breckenridge Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Kevin Selvy, Crazy Mountain Brewing Co., Edwards, CO


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2010

“Brewing with Monks”
Lodewijk Swinkels, Brewmaster for LaTrappe at Bierbrouwerij Koningshoeven, Berkel-Enschot, The Netherlands

“La Folie: Wood Aged Sour Beers”
Peter Bouckaert, Brewmaster for New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, CO

“Experimental Brewing: Brewers Gone Wild!” sponsored by White Labs Yeast Co. Speaking on the 2010 theme: “Generations of Brewing” & Moderated by David Edgar:

  • John Mallett,  Production Manager, Bells Brewing Co., Kalamazoo, MI
  • Sam Calagione, President/Founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
  • Steven Pauwels, Brewmaster for Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
  • Kevin DeLange, Owner/Operator of Dry Dock Brewing Co., Aurora, CO

“Food & Beer Pairing Challenge: A Global Big Beers Competition”
Moderated by Julia Herz, Brewers Association

  Victor: Steven Pauwels, Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
  Challengers: Peter Bouckaert, New Belgium Brewing Co, Ft. Collins, CO
Ron Kloth, Papago Brewing Co., Scottsdale, AZ
Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME
Nick Ison, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

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2009

Glasses“Funkification: Funky Beers from Wine Country”
Vinnie Cilurzo, Brewmaster/Owner, Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CO

“Recipe Development: A Practical Approach”
Matt Brophy, Director of Brewing Operations, Flying Dog Brewery, Fredericktown, MD

“Experimental Brewing: Brewers Gone Wild!” sponsored by White Labs Yeast Co. Speaking on the 2009 theme: “Micro to Macro” & Moderated by JoAnne Carilli-Stevenson:

  • C. Andy Brown, Brewmaster, Wynkoop Brewing Co., Denver, CO
  • Casey Hughes, Brewmaster, Flying Fish Brewing Co., Cherry Hill, NJ
  • Nick Ison, Brewer & Cellarman, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
  • Kristin Zantop, Brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch/ Michelob, St. Louis, MO

“Food & Beer Pairing Challenge: A Global Big Beers Competition”
Moderated by Julia Herz, Brewers Association

  Victor: Will Meyers, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA
  Challengers: Adam Avery, Avery Brewing Co, Boulder, CO
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
Tony Simmons, Pagosa Brewing Co., Pagosa Springs, CO
Kate Stamps, Duval USA, Cooperstown, NY

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2008
“The Veritas Series”

Tomme Arthur, Director of Operations for Port Brewing & The Lost Abbey, San Diego, CA
“Malt & Hops: Aromas & Flavors”
Doug Odell, Brewmaster/Owner, Odell Brewing, Ft. Collins, CO

“Experimental Brewing: Brewers Gone Wild!” sponsored by White Labs Yeast Co
Moderated by JoAnne Carilli-Stevenson
“Ancient Ales”
Sam Calagione, Founder, President, Dogfish head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
“Brett and Microbiology”
Peter Bouckaert, Brewmaster, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, CO “Creating New Styles”
Will Meyers, Brewmaster, Cambridge Brewing Co, Cambridge, MA
“Cellaring – Why, When & How”
Adam Avery, Founder/Brewmaster, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO


“Cheese & Chocolate Challenge: A Global Big Beers Competition”

Moderated by Julia Herz, Brewers Association
                Victor:                  Peter Bouckaert, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, CO
                Challengers:      Will Meyers, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA
                                                Adam Avery, Avery Brewing Co, Boulder, CO
                                                Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
                                                Jay Baum, Manneken-Brussels Imports
                                                Sean Knoll, Artisanal Imports

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2007
"Belgian Beer: The New Generation”
Hildegard Van Ostaden, Owner/Brewmaster, and Bas Van Ostaden, Owner/Astist/& Storyteller,  Brouwerij de Leyerth, West Flanders, Belgium
“Beer & Cheese”
Brian Dunn, Founder/Brewmaster, Great Divide Brewing, Denver, CO

2006
“Barrel-Aging Beer”

Rob Tod, Founder/Brewmaster, Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME
“Aging Barleywines”
Eric Wallace, Co-Founder/Brewmaster, Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO

2005
“Hops and Randalling” and “High Alcohol Brewing”

Sam Calagione, Founder/Pres., Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE
Adam Avery, Founder/Brewmaster, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO


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2004
"Cooking with Beer"

Rick Kangas, Executive Chef, Grouse Mountain Grill, Beaver Creek, CO
“Transatlantic Kriek: The Story"
Shawn Hines, New Belgium Brewing, Ft. Collins, CO
“The Effects of Aging on Belgian Beers/ Vertical Tasting”
Adam Avery, Founder/ Brewmaster, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO

2003
“Aging & Vintages of Specialty Beers”

Adam Avery, Founder/Brewmaster, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
“Beer & Cheese Pairings”
Brian Dunn, Founder/Brewmaster, Great Divide Brewing, Denver, CO
Eric Wallace, Co-Founder/Brewmaster, Left Hand Brewing Co.,
Longmont, CO
Sean Knoll, Owner, Paragon Importers (Chimay), Denver, CO
Adam Avery, Founder/Brewmaster, Avery Brewing Co, Boulder, CO


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Vail China Bowl
Vail's China Bowl

2002
“Aging and Vintages of Specialty Beers”

Adam Avery, Founder/Brewmaster, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
“All About Belgians”
Sean Knoll, Owner, Paragon Imports, Denver, CO

2001
“Aging and Vintages of Specialty Beers”

Adam Avery, Founder/Brewmaster, Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
“All About Belgians”
New Belgium Brewing Staff, Ft. Collins, CO

“You’ve got to see the Randall in action to appreciate Sam’s creativity. He calls it an ‘aromatic hydrocarbon dispersion matrix’ – fancy lingo for pushing beer through a hop-infested pool filter – but it works. Most interesting seminar I’ve ever been to!” [“Hops and Randalling”, Adam Avery/Sam Calagione]
– Rick Matsumoto, Rocky Mtn Brewing News

2013 CraftBeer.com's Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off Winner
Shawn DeWitt (Owner, Coronado Brewing Company) has won this challenge two years in a row!  Cypress Grove Purple Haze on Trader Joe’s Raisin Rosemary Crisps with Coronado’s Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA. It was a glorious pairing.

2012 CraftBeer.com's Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off Winners
Rick Chapman (Owner, Coronado Brewing) and Daniel Jensen (Brewmaster, Coronado Brewing)
Idiot IPA & Red Dragon Welsh Cheese


2011 CraftBeer.com's Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off Winners
Steven Pauwels (Boulevard Brewing Company)
Boulevard Tank 7 Saison paired with Grafton Aged Cheddar Reserve

2010 CraftBeer.com's Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off Winners
Steven Pauwels (Boulevard Brewing Company)
Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel paired with Crème Brulée Ice Cream

2009 CraftBeer.com's Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off Winners
Will Myers (Cambridge Brewing Company)
Barleywine paired with Point Reyes Original Blue

2008 CraftBeer.com's Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off Winners
Peter Bouckaert (New Belgium Brewing Company)
Le Fleur paired with Grafton Two Year-Aged Cheddar


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