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2015 Commercial Tasting Event
I-70 Traveling Promotion Tasting

2014 Participating Breweries:

AC Golden Brewing
Alaskan Brewing
Allagash Brewing
Altitude Chophouse
Antwerpe Brouw
Aspen Brewing Co.
Atwater Brewing Co.
Avery Brewing Co.
B.O.M. Brewery
BackCountry Brewery
Bell's Brewery
Big Choice Brewing
Black Bottle Brewery
Black Sky Brewery
Blue Spruce Brewing
Bonfire Brewing Co.
Bootstrap Brewing
Boston Beer Co.
Boulder Beer Co.
Boulevard Brewing
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Brasserie des Rocs
Brasserie d'Orval
    Trappist Brewery
Brasserie du Bocq -
    Blanche de Namur
Brasserie Les 3
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Brauerei Schloss
Breckenridge Brewery
Brewery Ommegang
Bristol Brewing Co.
Brouwerij Bavik
Brouwerij Bockor
Brouwerij Bosteels
Brouwerij De
    Landtsheer NV
Brouwerij der
    Trappisten van
Brouwerij Het Anker
Brouwerij Huyghe
Brouwerij Lindemans
Brouwerij St.
Brouwerij Straffe
    Timmermanns -
    John Martin NV
Brouwerij Van
Brouwerij Van
Brouwers Prearis
Brouwers Verzet
Butcherknife Brewing
Cambridge Brewing
Captain Lawrence
    Brewing Co.
Caution Brewing Co.
Cervarjaria Colorado
Copper Kettle Brewing
Coronado Brewing
Crazy Mountain
    Brewing Co.
Crooked Stave Artisan
    Beer Project
Crystal Springs
De Proef Brouwerij
Denver Beer Co.
Deschutes Brewing
Dillon Dam Brewery
Dogfish Head Craft
Dry Dock Brewing
Echo Brewing Co.
Eddyline Brewing
Elevation Beer Co.
Epic Brewing Co.
FATE Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker
    Brewing Co.
Flying Dog Brewery
Ft. Collins Brewery
Glenwood Canyon
    Brewing Co.
Goose Island Beer
Gore Range Brewery
Grand Teton Brewing
Gravity Brewing Co.
Great Divide Brewing
Green Flash Brewing
Grimm Brothers
High Hops Brewing
Hogshead Brewery
Jagged Mountain Craft
Karbach Brewing Co.
Lagunitas Brewing
Left Hand Brewing
Lexington Brewing
Lone Tree Brewing
Lost Abbey Brewing
Loveland Aleworks
Marble Brewery
Mission Brewing Co.
Mystic Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing
Odd 13 Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
Odyssey Beer Werks
Oskar Blues Brewing
Our Mutual Friend
Papago Brewing Co.
Paradox Brewing Co.
Pateros Creek
Perennial Artisan Ales
Pretty Things Beer &
    Ale Project
Pug Ryan's Brewery
Redstone Meadery
Renegade Brewing
River North Brewery
Roadhouse Brewing
Saint Arnold Brewing
Samuel Smith Brewery
Sanitas Brewing Co.
Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada
Ska Brewing Co.
Squatters Pubs &
Stone Brewing Co.
Strange Craft Beer Co.
Surly Brewing Co.
Telluride Brewing Co.
Ter Dolen
Three Barrel Brewing
Tivoli Brewing Co.
Trappistes Rochefort
    (10 & 8)
Trinity Brewing Co.
Twelve Degree
    Brewing Co.
Upslope Brewing Co.
Verboten Brewing Co.
Very Nice Brewing Co.
Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery
West Flanders Brewing
Widmer Brithers Brewing
Wild Woods Brewery
Wiley Roots Brewing
Wit's End Brewing Co.
Wynkoop Brewing Co.
Yak & Yeti Brewpub

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, sours and mead 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.

Consistent with the format for the past couple of years, the Commercial Tasting will begin at 2:30 pm in the afternoon, following the Experimental Brewing Seminar (9:30 am), 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 2015 Commercial Tasting, Gore Range Hall will be our venue, again 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 2015 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 Christ 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 $25, and two volunteer shifts earn free admission. To volunteer to assist with Big Beers Festival programming, please contact Laura Lodge.

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I-70 Traveling Promotion Tasting
Big Beers I-70/ Mountain Corridor Promotion
Valid: Monday, January 5- Monday, January 12, 2015

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


No Promotion for 2015 Yet

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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