2014 Events and Weekend Schedule
Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival
It’s the perfect combination for a Winter Wonderland getaway:
A world-class beer festival at a world-class ski resort! There
are discounted ski/snowboard rentals available, discounted
lodging, and other arrangements made for Big Beers Festival
attendees. Almost all of the Fourteenth Anniversary weekend will be held at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa; a new Brewmaster’s Dinner will be held at the Lord Gore Restaurant in Manor Vail Resort.
Thursday evening (7:30 pm) opens the Fouteenth Anniversary Big Beers Festival Weekend in traditional Big Beers style! Enjoy a double beer pairing dinner with fantastic creations from both Avery and Dogfish Head at each course. Sam Calagione and Adam Avery will be hosting the dinner with the Vail Cascade culinary team. See the Brewmasters’ Dinner page for further information.
Friday morning (8:30 am– noon) is the opportunity to bone up on your knowledge of everything about beer & brewing. The Cicerone team (Ray Daniels, creator of the program, himself) will be here to lead this morning workshop! And thanks to All About Beer Magazine, our signature sponsor for this event, the $99 fee per person will be waived. Take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity in Vail! For more information, see the Brewing Seminars page.
|"(Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines) has become my favorite fest of the year. True camaraderie paired with a high level of brewing knowledge in a relaxed setting."
- J. Todd Usry, Brewery Director for Breckenridge Breweries, Denver, CO
Friday afternoon (12:00-1:00pm) is our Welcome Reception in which the following breweries will be highlighted: Cambridge Brewing Co., Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, and 1 more TBD. Each brewery will be showcasing a beer of their choice with a food pairing designed by Exec Chef Todd Bemis and his culinary team at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. In addition to tasting, the Welcome Reception also offers the opportunity to hobnob with some of the most innovative brewers in the world. Guests attending multiple weekend events, Volunteers, Judges, Brewers and Brewery Representatives are welcome to drop in.
Friday afternoon (1:30 pm) is the American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Belgians, Barleywines and Strong Ales Homebrew Competition. This event is a judging by a select judging panel for entries registered in advance. For more information about the competition, see the Homebrew Competition page. Spectators and interested parties are welcome to attend, although participation is by prior arrangement only.
Friday afternoon (2:30 pm) is your opportunity to become a Certified Cicerone! Ray Daniels will be administering the Certified Cicerone Exam to interested parties who have passed the online Certified Beer Server exam. For more information, see the Brewing Seminars page.
Friday evening (6:30 pm)
"CraftBeer.com presents Winter Beers From The Craft Brewers Who Brew Them."
Cory Forster, Dillon Dam Brewery
Omar Ansari, Surly Brewing Co.
Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Jeffrey Green, Very Nice Brewing Co.
Join us for an interesting and tasty ride through some of the most unique winter seasonals out there. A Big Beers twist is in the works, too! See the Brewing Seminars page for further information.
Friday evening (8:00 pm) is the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner highlighting our 2014 Featured Brewmasters, Cam O’Connor from Deschutes Brewing Co. and Scott Vaccaro from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Join us for a second evening of double beer pairing fun! See the Brewmasters’ Dinner page for further information.
Friday evening (8:30 pm)
A new Brewmaster’s Dinner will be held off-site at The Lord Gore Restaurant, located inside the Manor Vail Resort. The two Brewmasters featured for this dinner will be Gordon Schuck, Owner/Brewmaster for Funkwerks, Ft. Collins, CO and Jared Jankowski, Head Brewer for Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL. See the Brewmasters’ Dinner page for further information.
Friday Evening (10pm - midnight)
Cigar Pairing Experience - Join Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Assocation, 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.
Saturday morning (9:30 - 11:30 am) is one of the many highlights of our Big Beers Festival Weekend: our Experimental Brewing Seminar, titled “Brewing Outside of the Box: Brewers Gone Wild!” The topic for this year's seminar is “Saisons.” Presenters will be Jason Yester from Trinity Brewing Co., Steven Pauwels from Boulevard Brewing Co., Dann Paquette, Brewmaster for Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, and Ron Jeffries, Brewmaster at Jolly Pumpkin Artisanal Ales.
Saturday Morning (10 - 11am)
The 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 brewers Nathan Venner and 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.
|"This is one killer beer festival. I look forward to it now every year, and it continues to be my very favoritist beer festival."
- Eric Steen, Focus on the Beer
Saturday early afternoon (12:00 pm– 12:50 pm) Brewmasters Seminar Track: Scott Vaccaro, Brewmaster/Owner of Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. will be speaking on the subject of "Blending Barrel Aged Beers: Part I". See the Brewing Seminars page for further information.
Saturday early afternoon (12:00 pm - 12:50 pm)Technical Seminar Track: "Quality, Consistency & the House of Funk."
Gwen Conley, Director of Production & Quality Assurance for Lost Abbey & Port Brewing Companies, will be presenting an intensive quality control seminar regarding the challenges, learning & enjoyment of brewing sour & non-sour beers in the same space.
Saturday early afternoon (12:00 pm - 12:50 pm)
Sensory Workshop Track: “Mmmmm! Ahhhhh! Beer In Food: Cooking With The Best Ingredient In Your Kitchen.” Join Ginger Johnson of Women Enjoying Beer for an ‘eduTainment’ session about cooking with beer. See the Brewing Seminars page for further information.
Saturday afternoon (1:15 pm– 2:05 pm)
Brewmasters Seminar Track: Cam O’Connor, Brewmaster for Deschutes Brewing Co., will be speaking on the subject of "Blending Barrel Aged Beers: Part II". See the Brewing Seminars page for further information.
Saturday afternoon (1:15 pm – 2:05 pm)
Technical Seminar Track: "Brewing with Brettanomyces" with Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. See the Brewing Seminars page for further information.
Saturday afternoon (1:15 pm – 2:05 pm)
Sensory Workshop Track: a sensory workshop about Hops with John Holl of All About Beer Magazine. See the Brewing Seminars page for further information.
|"(We) have made some friends that we see each year at this event and we look forward to it every year. For us, this festival combines snowboarding, fantastic beer, a beautiful setting, and great friends...it doesn't get much better!"
- Darrell Maudlin, Homebrewer, Houston, TX
Saturday afternoon (2:30 - 6:00 pm), the Commercial Tasting portion of the Big Beers Festival begins at 2:30 pm and continues through until 6:00pm. This international tasting is open to the public and showcases over 200 different commercially produced specialty beers from around the world.
Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm), Saturday’s Commercial Tasting event includes the 2014 Homebrew Competition Awards Presentation.
Lodging Rates and Information
The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival actively
supports the efforts of the Vail Valley Charitable
Fund, a local organization that helps individuals
who live and work in the Vail Valley that have critical financial
need due to medical catastrophes, accidents or long-term illnesses.
For more information about the VVCF, visit www.vvcf.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Michelle Maloney, 970-524-1480.
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