Brewer and Brewery Entries
If you are interested in pouring your brew(s) for the Commercial Tasting, please contact Bill or Laura Lodge.
We welcome new breweries & importers and extend an invitation to you as brewers and owners to participate in this specialty gathering and the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines weekend festivities. The guidelines that we have set forth for the beers that are offered during the Commercial Tasting specify that each beer must either be of a Belgian style or have an abv level of 7.0% or above. If you have any stylistic questions or a beer that is more of an experimental nature than following specific style guidelines, please ask. We are extremely interested in innovative techniques and styles, as this entire event was created to educate the general public.
You need not have an arsenal of Big Beers to participate in our event. Several breweries bring a single beer for our Commercial Tasting and thoroughly enjoy the proceedings.
Our brewery registration deadline for the 2013 Festival is October 1, 2012.
As a Commercial Brewer, we would also be interested in your assistance with our Big Beers Homebrew Competition judging, which takes place Friday afternoon. Our judges convene at 1:30 pm and the event begins at 2:00 pm sharp. Please contact Laura if you are interested in participating.
In addition, the 2013 Festival again features our Experimental Brewing Seminar featuring some of America’s most innovative brewers, that you may be interested in attending on Saturday morning. In addition, Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Kevin DeLange of Dry Dock Brewing Co. will be presenting seminars. See the Seminars page for further information.
Please note that there will be a $50 registration fee for all breweries participating in the 2013 event. This registration fee covers event insurance, workers compensation insurance for event volunteers, and higher security expenses that have increased event expenses dramatically and substantially curtailed our ability to maintain/grow our event and support the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. We appreciate your continued support of the Big Beers Festival, and ask that you please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
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