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2016 Commercial Tasting Event
I-70 Traveling Promotion Tasting

2016 Participating Breweries:

7 Hermits Brewing
AC Golden Brewing
Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co.
Allagash Brewing
Atwater Brewery Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Aspen Brewing Co.
Atom Brewing Co. Avery Brewing Co. Brauerei Aying
Baere Brewing Co.
The Bakersí Brewery
Ballast Point Brewing
Barrel of Monks Brewery
Barrels & Bottles Brewery
Bellís Brewery
Black Bottle Brewery
Black Project
Black Shirt Brewing
B.O.M. Brewery Brouwerij Boon Brouwerij Bosteels Boston Beer Co. Bonfire Brewing Co. Boulder Beer Co. Boulevard Brewing Co.
Brouwerij De Brabandere Breckenridge Brewery
The Bruery Brasserie Brunehaut
Butcherknife Brewing
Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.
Carver Brewing Co. Casey Brewing & Blending
Caution Brewing Co.
BiŤres de Chimay S.A.
Brasserie d'Achouffe Copper Kettle Brewing
Coronado Brewing Co.
Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.
Crooked Stave Artisan Ales
Deep Ellum Brewing
Denver Beer Co.
Deschutes Brewery Destihl Brewing Co. Dillon DAM Brewery Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Brasserie Du Bocq Brouwerij Duvel Moortgat NV
Eddyline Brewing Co.
Elevation Beer Co. Elysian Brewing Co. Epic Brewing Co.
FATE Brewing Co. Flying Dog Brewery Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Former Future Brewing
Full Sail Brewing Co. Funkwerks
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.
Goose Island Beer Co.
Grand Teton Brewing
Gravity Brewing Co.
Great Divide Brewing
Green Flash Brewing
Grimm Brothers Brewing Co.
Brouwerij de Halve Maan
Brouwerij Het Anker Hogshead Brewery Horse & Dragon Brewing Co.
Jackie Oís Brewery
Jagged Mountain Brewing Co.
Jester King Brewing
Joyride Brewing Co.
Kannah Creek Brewing
Karbach Brewing Co.
Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven B.V. Brouwerij Huyghe Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Brouwerij Liefmans Brouwerij Lindemans
Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co.
Lone Tree Brewing Co.
Lost Abbey Brewing
Lost Highway Brewing
Loveland Aleworks Mockery Brewing Co.
Nebraska Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing
New Holland Brewing
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
North Coast Brewing
NOVO Brazil Brewing
Odell Brewing Co.
Odd 13 Brewing Co.
Brewery Ommegang
Brasserie d'Orval
Oskar Blues Brewery
Brouwerij Oud Beersel
Perennial Artisan Ales
Prairie Artisan Ales Redstone Meadery Renegade Brewing Co.
River North Brewing
Brasserie de Rochefort
Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.
Brasserie St. Feuillien
Samuel Smith Old Brewery
Schloss Eggenberg
Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Ska Brewing Co. Squatters Brewing Co.
Stone Brewing Co. Strange Beer Co.
Surly Brewing Co.
Telluride Brewing Co.
Three Barrel Brewing
Brouwerij Timmermans -John Martin N.V
Tivoli Brewing Co.
Tommyknocker Brewery
Trinity Brewing Co.
Brouwerij de Troch
Troegs Brewing Co.
Upslope Brewing Co.
Vail Brewing Co.
Omer VanderGhinste Brewery
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck Verboten Brewing Co.
Very Nice Brewing Co.
Victory Brewing Co.
Cervejaria Wšls
Wasatch Brewery
WeldWerks Brewing
Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle
White Pony Microbirrificio
Wicked Weed Brewing
Wynkoop Brewing Co.

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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I-70 Traveling Promotion Tasting

Big Beers I-70/ Mountain Corridor Promotion
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: Buy One, Get One Free Pint


The Bakers' BreweryThe Bakers' Brewery
531 Silverthorne Lane
Silverthorne, CO  80498
Promotion: 10% off of food AND a free sampler flight of four with any purchase of food. Mention you are traveling to Big Beers in Vail.


Vail Brewing CoVail Brewing Company
41290 B-2 & B-3 US HWY 6
Vail, CO, 81657
Promotion: $1 off your first beer with your ticket from Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival


Dillon Dam BreweryDillon Dam Brewery
100 Little Dam St. I-70 Exit 205
Dillon, CO  80435
Promotion: Free Pint of Dam Beer with Food Purchase of $7.95 or More



Glenwood CanyonGlenwood Canyon Brewing Co.

The Hotel Denver
402 Seventh Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

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