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2016 Commercial Tasting Event
I-70 Traveling Promotion Tasting

2015 Participating Breweries:

Alaskan
Allagash
Altitude Chophouse
Antwerpse
Aspen
Atwater
Avery
Ayinger
B.O.M.
Backcountry
Baere
Bakers’
Barrels & Bottles
Bell’s
BJ’s Brewhouse
Black Bottle
Black Shirt
Blue Spruce
Bonfire
Bosteels
Boulder Beer
Boulevard
Breckenridge
Brunehaut
Butcherknife
Casey
Caution
Colorado
Copper Kettle
Coronado
Crazy Mountain
Crooked Stave
De Halve Mann
Denver Beer
DeProef
Deschutes
Dillon DAM
Dogfish Head
Dry Dock
Dubuisson
Dupont
Eddyline
Elevation
Elysian
Epic
FATE
Firestone Walker
Flying Dog
Former Future
Fort Collins
Front Range
Full Sail
Funkwerks
Glenwood Canyon
Goose Island
Gore Range
Grand Teton
Gravity
Great Divde
Green Flash
Grimm Brothers
Grist
Het Anker
High Hops
Hogshead
Jagged Mountain
Kannah Creek
Karbach
Lagunitas
Left Hand
Lindemans
Liquid Mechanics
Lone Tree
Lost Abbey
Lost Highway
Loveland Aleworks
Mission
Nebraska
New Belgium
New Holland
Odd 13
Odell
Odyssey
Omer Vander Ghinste
Ommegang
Orval
Oskar Blues
Our Mutual Friend
Papago
Paradox
Perennial
Powder Keg
Prearis
Redstone Meadery
Renegade
River North
Roadhouse
Rochefort
Samuel Adams
Samuel Smith
Sanitas
Schloss Eggenberg
Seven Hermits
Shmaltz
Sierra Nevada
Ska
Squatters
St. Bernardus
St. Feuillien
Stone
Strange
Telluride
Tenth & Blake
Three Barrel
Timmermans
Tommyknocker
Trinity
Twelve Degree
Uinta
Upslope
Van Honsebrouck
Van Steenberge
Verboten
Verhaeghe
Very Nice
Verzet
Victory
Wals
Wasatch
Wells & Young’s
West Flanders
Westmalle
White Pony
Widmer Brothers
Wild Woods
Wiley Roots
Wit’s End
Wynkoop

Fun with tastingThe Commercial Tasting on Saturday afternoon has been dubbed “one of the best collections of beer ever seen in one place”. This international slice of beer is extremely diverse; Belgians, lambics and sours highlight the lighter end of the spectrum, while the Barleywines and Strong Ales dominate the other, with specialty beers from some of the most creative commercial brewers in the world.

As has become traditional, the Commercial Tasting will begin at 2:30 pm in the afternoon, following the Experimental Brewing Seminar (9:30 am), and our Featured Brewmasters’ Seminars (12:00 and 1:15pm), Technical, Sensory & new “Random Topic” Seminars (also at 12:00 & 1:15pm). For more information regarding all Seminars, see the Seminars webpage.

"A world class experience by world class people."

- John Carlson, Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild

Once again for the 2016 Commercial Tasting, Gore Range Hall will be our venue, offering the opportunity for all breweries, sponsors, coat check and amenities to be located in one area for the convenience and camaraderie of all. Gore Range Hall is located in the Aria Club & Spa building, along the Frontage Road at the entrance to Vail Cascade Resort. Brewers will be loading in on the East side of the building in the morning, and attendees will likewise enter the event venue from that side.

During the Commercial Tasting, the 2016 Big Beers Homebrew Competition Awards Ceremony will be held at 3:30 pm, also in Gore Range Hall.

Once again this year each attendee will receive a coupon with their admission ticket that entitles them to a credit at the food station inside the Commercial Tasting event. This will encourage everyone to locate & frequent the food stations, enjoy the selections created by Chef Chris Bates and his staff at the Vail Cascade, and help all attendees be responsible with their consumption of fabulous beers throughout the afternoon.

Learning MoreThe Educational Format of the Tasting portion of the festival is something unique dreamed up during the initial Big Beers Festivals by the festival’s founder, Bill Lodge, then of High Point Brewing, and has been well received by our guests. We suggest that each guest limit themselves to one sample of each beer for the first two hours of the event, as tracked by the extensive event program dedicated to educating the guest. This system encourages the guest to learn about the various breweries and beers available from around the world, and also slows consumption of the rather high octane brews available. For the record, we define 7.0% as the alcohol by volume minimum to qualify as a “big beer”.

Volunteers for the Big Beers Festival can earn complimentary or discounted admission to the Commercial Tasting (as well as a staff t-shirt!) through their time and effort. Volunteer shifts include such options as coat check, homebrew competition judging/stewarding, pouring during the tasting, assisting with the seminars, etc. One volunteer shift will reduce your Commercial Tasting ticket cost to $35, and two volunteer shifts earn free admission. To volunteer to assist with Big Beers Festival programming, please contact Laura Lodge.

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NO PROMOTIONS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED FOR 2016
List below is examples of past years' only.

I-70 Traveling Promotion Tasting
Big Beers I-70/ Mountain Corridor Promotion
Valid:

How: Mention/Bring this information with you

Bonfire BrewingBonfire Brewing Co.
127 Second Street
Eagle, CO  81631
Promotion: 'Buy one, get one free' pints!

TommyknockerTommyknocker Brewery
1401 Miner St
Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Promotion: Free Pint with the Purchase of Food

Crazy MountainCrazy Mountain Brewing Co.
439 Edwards Access Road, B-201
Edwards, CO  81632
Promotion: Free Beer Tasting Flight with the Purchase of a Pint


Aspen BrewingAspen Brewing Co.
304 East Hopkins Ave
Aspen, CO  81611
Promotion: Not Confirmed

Dillon Dam BreweryDillon Dam Brewery
100 Little Dam St. I-70 Exit 205
Dillon, CO  80435
Promotion: Not Confirmed

Glenwood CanyonGlenwood Canyon Brewing Co.

The Hotel Denver
402 Seventh Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Promotion: Not Confirmed


Gore's Flyfisher AleGore Range Brewery
0105 Edwards Village Boulevard
Building H
Edwards, CO 81632
Promotion: Not Confirmed




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