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You Have to Attend These Three Big Beers Seminars

Oh how we love heading up to Vail for their yearly beer festival. Add in a bunch of high ABV beer and all the best people from the industry, and you can quickly see how fun of a weekend it is. The best part is quite easily the seminars, where attendees can learn in depth from brewers and industry veterans. If you’re heading up to the high country this weekend, make sure to hit up these seminars.

 American Style Sour Beer: Attendees learn about how Americans have created their own style of sours from Ben Knutson, AC Golden Brewing Co.

American Style Sour Beer: Attendees learn about how Americans have created their own style of sours from Ben Knutson, AC Golden Brewing Co.
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Experimental Brewing Seminar

Topic: Koelschips
Saturday 9:30–11:30 am  Rocky Mountain Ballroom

Panelists:
Jason Perkins, Allagash Brewing Co.
Jason Yester, Trinity Brewing Co.
Chase Healey, Prairie Artisan Ales
Jeffrey Stuffings, Jester King Brewery

Moderator:
David Edgar

What they say: Our earliest seminar on Saturday morning is the Experimental Brewing Seminar, running from 9:30am – 11:30am. The result of a brainstorming session geared toward including innovative brewers who are mapping out the future of craft brewing, but may not be geared toward packaging or nationwide marketing, the Big Beers Festival is pleased to once again host  “Brewing Outside the Box: Brewers Gone Wild!”  The following Brewmasters will be presenting on the 2016 topic: Koelschips.

Our take: The early-Saturday morning seminars are always the best. Save the partying for Saturday night and rest up Friday to be ready to go Saturday morning.

Beer & Food with the Beervangelist: Enjoying Michigan cheese and chocolate pairings with Fred Bueltmann from New Holland Brewing Co. Photo by David Foxhoven

Beer & Food with the Beervangelist: Enjoying Michigan cheese and chocolate pairings with Fred Bueltmann from New Holland Brewing Co.
Photo by David Foxhoven

Technical Seminar: “Check The Blend: Tasting a Blend of The Cut from Start to Finish”

Troy Casey, Founder/Owner
Casey Brewing & Blending, Glenwood Springs, CO
Saturday 12:00–12:50 pm  Creekside Meeting Room

What they say: Troy Casey of Casey Brewing and Blending will lead you on a journey through his blending process. Participants will taste the different base barrels that created the blend, the carbonated final blend and the resulting fruit beer that was made from it.

Our take: Troy Casey’s “The Cut” has been blowing up the beer trading market lately, and tasting how the beer matures from start to finish will be intriguing to say the least.

Palate Trips and an Insider Tasting: Emily Hutto and fellow attendees taking notes and tasting with Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association, and Adam Dulye, Exec Chef at The Monk's Kettle and The Abbot's Cellar in San Francisco. Herz and Dulye introduced their new Craft Beer + Food Course to the group. Photo by David Foxhoven

Palate Trips and an Insider Tasting: Emily Hutto and fellow attendees taking notes and tasting with Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association, and Adam Dulye, Exec Chef at The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar in San Francisco. Herz and Dulye introduced their new Craft Beer + Food Course to the group.
Photo by David Foxhoven

Craftbeer.com Beer and Food Experience

Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director
Chef Adam Dulye, Executive Chef f
or the Brewers Association, Boulder, CO
Friday 6:00–7:00 pm  Rocky Mountain Ballroom

What they say: Foodies and beer geeks unite while we help tune your inner pairing guide during this unique and cutting edge demonstration. Get ready to enjoy craft beers from small and independent U.S. brewers along with a strategic pairing plate of locally sourced ingredients representing the basic tastes of sweet, salt, sour, bitter and umami while we take your palate and mind on a ride.

Our take: Can you argue with a seminar that gives you food and beer at the same time? Prepare for Friday night and Saturday’s seminars by getting a good base in thanks to Julia and Chef Adam.


 

Oh, and it’s not a seminar, but the grand tasting is pretty awesome. Need to know why? Check out this list of breweries in attendance.

*Note- List of attending breweries is subject to change up through the day of the Commercial Tasting*

7 Hermits Brewing Co.
AC Golden Brewing Co.
Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co.
Allagash Brewing Co.
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
Aspen Brewing Co.
Atom Brewing Co.
Atwater Brewery
Avery Brewing Co.
Baere Brewing Co.
The Baker’s Brewery
Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Barrel of Monks
Barrels & Bottles Brewery
Bell’s Brewery
Black Bottle Brewery
Black Shirt Brewing Co.
Bonfire Brewing Co.
Boston Beer Co.
Boulder Beer Co.
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Breckenridge Brewery
The Bruery
Cannonball Creek Brewing Co.
Carver Brewing Co.
Casey Brewing & Blending
Caution Brewing Co.
Copper Kettle Brewing Co.
Coronado Brewing Co.
Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Denver Beer Company
Deschutes Brewing Co.
Destihl Brewing Co.
Dillon Dam Brewery
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Eddyline Brewing Co.
Elevation Beer Co.
Elysian Brewing Co.
Epic Brewing Co.
Fate Brewing Co.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Flying Dog Brewery
Former Future Brewing Co./ Black Project
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Funkwerks
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co.
Goose Island Beer Co.
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Gravity Brewing Co.
Great Divide Brewing Co.
Green Flash Brewing Co.
Grimm Brothers Brewing Co.
Hogshead Brewery
Horse & Dragon Brewing Co.
Jackie O’s Brewery
Jagged Mountain Brewing Co.
Jester King Brewing Co.
Joyride Brewing Co.
Kannah Creek Brewing Co.
Karbach Brewing Co.
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Liquid Mechanics
Lone Tree Brewing Co.
Lost Abbey Brewing Co.
Lost Highway Brewing Co.
Loveland Aleworks
Mockery Brewing Co.
Nebraska Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
New Holland Brewing Co.
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Odd 13 Brewing Co.
Odell Brewing Co.
Odyssey Beerwerks
Oskar Blues Brewery
Perennial Artisan Ales
Prairie Artisan Ales
Redstone Meadery
Renegade Brewing Co.
River North Brewing Co.
Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Ska Brewing Co.
Squatters Brewing Co. (with Wasatch)
Stone Brewing Co.
Strange Craft Beer Co.
Surly Brewing Co.
Telluride Brewing Co.
Three Barrel Brewing Co.
Tivoli Brewing Co.
Tommyknocker Brewery
Trinity Brewing Co.
Troegs Brewing Co.
Upslope Brewing Co.
Vail Brewing Co.
Verboten Brewing Co.
Very Nice Brewing Co.
Victory Brewing Co.
Wasatch Brewery (with Squatters)
WeldWerks
Wicked Weed Brewing Co.
Wild Woods Brewery
Wynkoop Brewing Co.

Artisanal Imports
Brasserie Omer VanderGhinste
Brouwerij Bosteels
Adbij Koningshoeven
Brasserie St. Feuillien
BOM Brewery
Wals/Belo
NOVO Brazil

Belukus Marketing
Timmermans Framboise
Timmermans Oude Gueuze
Timmermans Kriek
Timmermans Pumpkin

C2 Imports
Brunehaut Brewery – St, Martin Triple
White Pony Brewery – 3 beers

Global Beer Network
Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Gulden Draak
Brouwerij Van Steenberge – Piraat
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouk – Petrus Aged Pale
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouk – Petrus Aged Red
Brouwerij de Brabandere – Barista Chocolate Quad

Latis Imports
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Rodenbach Session
Boon Kriek
Boon Framboise
Boon Gueuze

Manneken Brussel Imports
Chimay
Merchant du Vin
Orval
Rochefort 8 & 10
Westmalle Dubbel & Tripel
Lindemans Cuvee Renee & Framboise
Du Bocq 1858 & Blanch de Namur
Sam Smith Chocolate Stout & Stingo
Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock

Ommegang/Duvel
Ommegang Three Philosophers
Duvel & Duvel Triple-Hop
La Chouffe & Houblon Chouffe
Liefmans Goudenband & Kriek-Brut

Wetten
Delirium Tremens
Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw
Straffe Hendrik Tripel
Oud Beersel Framboise
De Troch Fraise
Samichlaus Classic

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