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2015 Seminars
Featured Presenters: Jef Versele | Ron Kloth | Cicerone Certification Program | Julia Herz | Experimental Brewing Seminar | Ben Knutson | Peter Bouckaert & Lauren Salazar | Technical Seminar | Fred Bueltmann | John Holl | Amahl Turczyn | Patrick Dawson | The Yoga of Brewing | Cigar Pairing

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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 be four seminar tracks on Saturday afternoon this year, though: the Brewmaster’s Track, a Technical Track, the Sensory Workshop Track and a new(!) "Random Track", and there will again 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 his area(s) of expertise and/or his love of brewing. Each will speak and interact with his audience for an hour’s time, and share several beers that support his 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 Cicerone Team will begin the workshop at 8:30am, and it will run through to the beginning of the Welcome Reception on Friday. The Certified Cicerone Exam will be administered in the afternoon on Friday, and Ray Daniels will handle any registration & fee.

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.


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


Jef Versele, Owner

Brouwerij Van Steenberge,  East Flanders, Belgium
Brewmasters' Track: “Yeast Cultures and Keg Refermentation”
Saturday  12:00–12:50 pm  Rocky Mountain Ballroom
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Brouwerij Van SteenbergeJef Versele
Jef was born in Ghent, which is in the East Flanders region of Belgium, and is the seventh generation owner of Brouwerij Van Steenberge. He received his degree in social science and began working in the brewery in 1999. A member of the board of directors, he is responsible for the Brouwerij Van Steenberge Sales Department.

Jef and his wife, Theresa Deroose, have been married since 2001 and have 3 children that would comprise the eighth generation of ownership going forward. Theresa is a member of the Brouwerij Van Steenberge board of directors as well, and is responsible for the Marketing Department, the Financial Manager and the HR manager.

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Ron Kloth, Founder/Owner
Papago Brewing Co., Scottsdale, AZ

Brewmasters' Track: "Non-traditional Ingredients"
Saturday  1:15–2:05 pm  Rocky Mountain Ballroom
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Ron KlothFor this seminar, Ron will have guest brewers attending and speaking, including Tim Myers from Strange Craft Beer Co. and Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

Ron got into fermentation at an early age, and started winemaking in the 6th grade with a kit he received at Christmas from Sears.  In college in the early 80's at the University of Colorado he was introduced to homebrewing. He was a founding member of the Arizona Society of Homebrewers which is now one of the largest homebrew clubs in the country and is active in the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

In 2001 he became President of Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ. Papago has since been recognized as one of the top craft beer bars in the country by numerous magazines and online beer sites. Once opened Papago immediately began contract brewing small batches of beer which quickly became the focus point of the business for the unique beers being made and have gone from small batches made just for Papago to now canning and being distributed throughout Arizona. Papago was the first in Arizona to make a Wheatwine, a Double IPA, Belgian Quads and even a GABF bronze medal winning Black IPA even before the style was officially identified.

Ron is a Certified Cicerone and BJCP Judge.  Ron has led dozens of trips to Europe and throughout North America visiting breweries and exploring the regions beer culture. On one of these trips to Belgium while visiting Van Steenberge, the idea was developed for Van Steenberge to contract brew a Belgian Strong Ale for Papago and it quickly became a reality. In 2013 Ron and many of his partners invested into a new brewery start up called Huss Brewing in Tempe which now produces the Papago line of beers. When he isn't doing one thing or another in the beer business Ron is an active competitive curler.

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Cicerone Workshop
Friday  8:30–11:30 am  Centennial Ballroom
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CiceroneCiceroneThis year, we will again be hosting the Cicerone Program. In conjunction with our Signature Sponsor, All about Beer Magazine,  the team will be presenting the Cicerone Workshop 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 amazing 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 & Spa Conference Center.

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Julia Herz
Craft Beer Program Director f
or the Brewers Association, Boulder, CO
Topic: Palate Trips and an Insider Tasting
Friday  6:30–7:30 pm  Rocky Mountain Ballroom

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Craft BeerJulia HerzFoodies and beer geeks unite while we tap and help tune your inner pairing guide during this unique and cutting edge demonstration. This one hour is an insider's look (and tasting) with Chef Adam Dulye, Culinary Institute of America Graduate and Brewers Association Culinary Consultant along with Julia Herz, Publisher of CraftBeer.com and Certified Cicerone(r). These two co-authors of the new CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course plan to take your mind and palate on a ride that is sure to evolve your relationship and approach to pairing beer from small and independent craft brewers. Arrive thirsty for new concepts and mind blowing thoughts on beer, food and fun.

Julia Herz is the Craft Beer Program Director for the Boulder, Colorado based Brewers Association (BA) and Publisher of CraftBeer.com. She has been featured by the Food Network ‘Unwrapped' Series, interviewed on National Public Radio, Sirius/XM, CNBC Squawk Box, Fox News and hundreds of other media outlets.

She is a BJCP beer judge, an award-winning homebrewer, a Certified Cicerone® and the leader of American Craft Beer Week held each May. Her areas of expertise include: Resources and education on craft beer, general statistics on the craft brewer segment, beer styles and trends plus craft beer and food pairing. In her role at the Brewers Association she serves as an advocate for and educator about U.S. craft brewers, and is a spokesperson for the Association.

Julia speaks at many trade conferences and consumer events on the above topics. Speaking/Tasting engagements include: Boston Wine School, Cheers Beverage Conference, Craft Brewers Conference, Great American Beer Festival, Nightclub & Bar, SAVOR, and organizer of consumer tastings such the CraftBeer.com ‘Taste-Off’ competition held ten times, thus far.

A graduate of University of South Florida, she previously worked at CNN in Washington D.C.  She is married, has 2 young children and lives in Lyons, Colorado.

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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Experimental Brewing Seminar
Topic: Exploring Stouts
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 2015 topic: Exploring Stouts.

Panelists:
   John Mallett, Bell's Brewery
   Cory King, Perennial Artisan Ales
   Brian Dunn, Great Divide Brewing Co.
   Jeremy Gobien, Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

Moderator:
   David Edgar


Copper Kettle BrewingJeremy GobienDr. Jeremy Gobien is an owner and the Head Brewer for Copper Kettle Brewing Company in Denver, CO.  He received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2010.  After college he and his wife Kristen began planning to open their own microbrewery after several years of brewing at home.  They packed up everything they owned to move to Denver and in the Spring of 2011 Copper Kettle Brewing Company opened it's doors to the public. 

Since then the unique and diverse beers produced at Copper Kettle Brewing have received awards and recognition both locally and nationally.  The brewery has grown from a small nanobrewery producing a wide range of styles for the tap room only to now distributing kegs and 22oz bottles across the front range of Colorado in just three short years. 

The brewery is most known for its Mexican Chocolate Stout, a unique spiced stout made with cacao nibs, cassia cinnamon, and a blend of three chili peppers native to Central America.  The recipe is based on historical references in which the Maya used the spices to flavor their cacao for use in religious ceremonies.  Mexican Chocolate Stout won a Gold Medal at GABF in 2011 in the Herb and Spice Beer category.


More photos and bios to come.

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

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Ben Knutson, AC Golden Brewing Co.
Technical Seminar Track: "American Style Sour Beer"

Saturday  12:00–12:50 pm  Blue Spruce Meeting Room
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AC Golden BrewingBen will be discussing the production of American sour beer, and how we have developed our own style. He will be detailing the production of beer from fermentation to bottling and everything in between.

Ben Knutson has been working with specialty sour and barrel aged beers as a primary focus of his work with AC Golden Brewing Co. Prior to AC Golden, Ben worked as a Sensory Analyst for Coors, working with flavor stability and provided advanced training for tasters. A culinary school graduate and fine dining chef, Ben also has his BS in biology with a minor in Chemistry.


Peter Bouckaert, Brewmaster
Lauren Salazar, Wood Cellar Manager
New Belgium Brewing Co., Ft. Collins, CO
Technical Seminar Track: "Belgian Inspiration"
Saturday  1:15–2:05 pm  Blue Spruce Meeting Room

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Peter & Lauren will be sharing inspirational stories about who inspires whom, and the brewing evolution on both sides that have evolved as a result.  

Photos and bios forthcoming.

Note: Limited to 25 people. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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Fred Bueltmann, VP of Sales & Marketing/Owner
New Holland Brewing Co., Holland, MI
Sensory Workshop“Beer & Food with the Beervangelist”
Saturday 12:00–12:50 pm  Juniper Meeting Room
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More details & info forthcoming.

Note: Limited to 25 people. 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 : "Harvesting Yeast From Strange Places"
Saturday 1:15–2:05 pm  Juniper Meeting Room
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Join John Holl as he moderates an intriguing interactive workshop designed to guide you through the world of craft beer. This workshop is part of the Sensory Workshop track and will be presented Saturday at 1:15 pm.

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 to 25 people. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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Amahl Turczyn
Associate Editor, Zymurgy & The New Brewer Magazines
Random Track : "Send In The Clones: Sensory Analysis and Recipe Formulation Techniques for Homebrewers”
Saturday 12:00–12:50 pm Creekside Meeting Room

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Amahl Turczyn will be discussing his sensory and software analysis as well as recipe development for reproducing several commercially available beers on a homebrew scale.

Amahl is a beer enthusiast, traveler, journalist and homebrewer who lives in Lafayette, Colorado. He is a former craft brewer at The Oasis Brewery in Boulder, Colorado, and The Wolf Tongue Brewery in Nederland, Colorado. He works as a copyeditor for Brewers Publications and is currently associate editor for Zymurgy and The New Brewer magazines. He has two children, two beehives, one cider press and five refrigerators.

Amahl will be discussing his sensory and software analysis as well as recipe development for reproducing several commercially available beers on a homebrew scale.

Note: Limited to 50 people. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

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Patrick Dawson
Author, “Vintage Beer”

Random Track:  "Vintage Beer: Identifying Cellar-Worthy Brews"
Saturday 1:15–2:05 pm Creekside Meeting Room

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Patrick Dawson is a beer writer, homebrewer, BJCP beer judge, and general lover of all things beer. His recently released book, Vintage Beer, guides readers through identifying beer styles that will improve when cellared, as well as demystifying what is happening inside the bottle. Patrick is the resident beer columnist for the North Denver Tribune and has written for DRAFT, Zymurgy, All About Beer, Craft Beer & Brewing, and multiple other publications. You can regularly find him on the radio, as well as touring around the country, lecturing about craft beer.

Note: Limited to 50 people. Your seat can be guaranteed by donating $10 for a reserved seat on the Purchase Tickets page.

Jared Jankoski and Troy Casey will be collaborating with Patrick throughout this seminar. Jared is the Head Brewer for Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago, IL, and Troy is the Owner & Blender at Casey Brewing & Blending in Glenwood Springs, CO.

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

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JaredStephanieThe 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 Jared Long from Altitude Brewery and Chophouse in Laramie, Wyoming, and Registered Yoga Teacher and beer lover (especially Belgians, Big Beers, and Barleywines) Stephanie Long 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 required for this event.

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Cigar Pairing Experience
Friday Night:  10:00pm–midnight
Creekside Meeting Room
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Join us for cigars and great craft beer. Experiment with various pairings and visit with the people behind the cigars and the featured pairings. No ticket required for this event, and no formal presentation. Come and go as you like.


Get tickets to Saturday’s Commercial Tasting and Seminars for the entire Festival Weekend.


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

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

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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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