Vail Big Beers Festival

What: Beer Festival

When: Friday - January 11, 2013 @ 08:30AM to Friday - January 11, 2013 @ 08:30PM

Where: Vail Cascade Resort And Spa, Vail, Colorado
Join us for the 13th 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 13th Anniversary celebration promises to live up to your previous experiences and take it one step further. Look forward to more goodies from Executive Chef Todd Bemis and his culinary team at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, calibrate with Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Avery Brewing Co., enjoy special features by Dry Dock Brewing Co. and Firestone Walker Brewing Co., and sample over 200 amazing creations by breweries from around the globe

Friday morning (8:30 am– noon) is the opportunity to bone up on your knowledge of everything about beer & brewing. The Cicerone team (perhaps Ray Daniels, creator of the program, himself) will be here to lead this morning workshop! And thanks to All About Beer Magazine, our signature sponsor for this event, the $99 fee per person will be waived. Take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity in Vail! For more information, see the Brewing Seminars page.

Friday afternoon (12:00) is our Welcome Reception in which the following breweries will be highlighted: Alaskan Brewing Co. and others TBD. Each brewery will be showcasing a beer of their choice with a food pairing designed by Exec Chef Todd Bemis and his culinary team at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa. In addition to tasting, the Welcome Reception also offers the opportunity to hobnob with some of the most innovative brewers in the world. Guests attending multiple weekend events, Volunteers, Judges, Brewers and Brewery Representatives are welcome to drop in.

Friday afternoon (1:30 pm) is the American Homebrewers Association-sanctioned Belgians, Barleywines and Strong Ales Homebrew Competition. This event is a judging by a select judging panel for entries registered in advance. For more information about the competition, see the Homebrew Competition page. Spectators and interested parties are welcome to attend, although participation is by prior arrangement only.

Friday afternoon (2:30 pm) is your opportunity to become a Certified Cicerone! The Cicerone Team will be administering the Certified Cicerone Exam to interested parties who have passed the online Certified Beer Server exam. For more information, see the Brewing Seminars page.

Friday evening (6:30 pm)’s Beer & Food Pairing Taste-Off. Julia Herz of the Brewers Association will be moderating this innovative & wildly popular event. This year's contenders will be defending champion Rick Chapman of Coronado Brewing Co., Scott Witsoe of Wit's End Brewing Co., Geoff Larson of Alaskan Brewing Co., and Nathan Venner of the Altitude Chophouse & Brewery.

See the Brewing Seminars page for further information.

Friday evening (8:00 pm) is the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner. We are quite pleased to announce Kevin DeLange, Founder/Owner of Dry Dock Brewing Co. will be our Featured Colorado Brewmaster, and Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster for Firestone Walker Brewing Co. will be our International Featured Brewmaster. Join us for a second evening of double beer pairing fun! See the Brewmasters’ Dinner page for further information.

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