The brewers, starting second from left, Cory King from Perennial, John Mallett from Bell’s, Jeremy Gobien from Copper Kettle, and Brian Dunn from Great Divide.

Vail Big Beers: Experimental Brewing Seminar

One of the best things about the Vail Big Beers weekend is the multitude of educational seminars that are available. We wrestled ourselves out of bed and barely made the shuttle from the Evergreen Lodge (thanks Laura for putting us up!) to the Vail Cascade Resort. We grabbed a front row seat and got ready for the onslaught of imperial stouts that were just waiting to whet our appetite. Enjoy a recording of the seminar and a few of our photos!

Here’s our (almost) full recording of the seminar starting off with John Mallett’s description of Bell’s Cherry Stout:


It was great to see a bunch of local homebrewers at the festival; we sat next to Mike Bordick of the Brew Brothers of Pikes Peak during this seminar.


So many amazing stouts…



Cory King talks about Perennial Artisan Ale’s collaboration with local coffee roaster Sump for their Barrel Aged Sump imperial stout.


Ever wonder what peppers are in Copper Kettle’s Mexican Chocolate Stout?

We hope you enjoy the listen! It was definitely a great seminar, with some amazing lessons on what goes into making an incredible experimental stout.


  • Mike B

    That’s a good picture of my hand! Those were some great beers! Thanks Ryan!