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Sixteenth Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival
Vail, Colorado • January 7-9, 2016

THANK YOU ALL for another spectacular year and event!
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2016 Festival Program
2016 Program Cover

Platinum and Signature Sponsors

White LabsVaily Daily
Simba Run

All About Beer Magazine
Craft Beer
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
BSG CraftBrewingBeer & Brewing MagazineYCH HopsThe BarrelMueller & Associates, CPA
Lion Square Lodge
Holiday Inn

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Slifer, Smith and Frampton

Host: Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
Imagine a World Class Winter Wonderland of fun activities in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado…and then top off your trip with a World Class International Beer Festival, complete with Brewmasters’ Dinners and Seminars by some of the world’s most innovative Brewers…

Could it be the ultimate beer vacation?
Your bucket list "beercation"?

Weekend Schedule

I-70 Traveling Promotion Tasting (not confirmed for 2016)

“The Big Beers Fest in Vail is always one of my favorite events of the year. It sells out quick and it rules. ”
- Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

“It’s one of the best festivals in the country. The sheer diversity and availability of such exotic beer styles all in one location really gives the consumer a great opportunity. Plus it’s got a nice educational component that Bill Lodge has dreamed up, which encourages people to try different styles and not just stick to one thing.”
- John Carlson, Colorado Brewers Guild Executive Director

Join us for the 16th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival Weekend! Come up to Vail to experience the event that beer connoisseurs are raving about. Homebrewers, Professional Brewers and Industry Gurus alike speak highly with regard to the unique format, the unusual international collection of beers, the organization and the overall quality of the event.

For those of you who are Big Beers Festival veterans, this 16th Anniversary celebration promises to live up to your previous experiences and take it one step further. Look forward to more goodies from the culinary team at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, calibrate and enjoy special features by our 2016 Featured Brewmasters, and sample over 300 amazing creations by breweries from around the globe.

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Beer“So here’s the prescription: Take a couple of hundred beers, most 7% alcohol or greater with hardly a dud in the lot, add not one but two beer dinners, mix in a handful of seminars and tastings, and season with some of the best craft brewers in the land.

Put it all in an idyllic mountain setting and offer some of the lowest hotel prices and shortest tow lines Vail will see all season, and you have the fest in a fairly compelling nutshell."
Stephen Beaumont, “Big Beers & Bigger Mountains”, Ale Street News

"Honestly, I don’t want to tell you anything about the Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywine Festival, but I must. I’d prefer not to list breweries who were in attendance, the beer celebrities who were milling around the grounds, and I especially would rather not divulge the amazing bounty of beers that was poured. Why? Because I’m selfish and I just attended one of the best damn beer fests that I’ve yet to come across and I don't want you overpopulating it in the future. If you ever find yourself ready to graduate to the truly obsessive level of beer tasting, this is certainly the event to be in the know about."
-Tristan Chan, Porch Drinking

"The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is one killer beer festival. It is perhaps the most comprehensive, educational, and fun-filled festival I've ever been to and the most exciting four hours of beer tasting I've ever done!"
-Eric Steen, Focus on the Beer

“I think this festival is a really important festival for Colorado…There are very few festivals where you can have the diversity of beers that Bill puts together.”
- Adam Avery, Avery Brewing Company

vail valley charitable fundThe 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, email or contact Michelle Maloney, 970-524-1480.

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