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Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival
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2016 Brewmasters (Click any image below for high resolution)

Avery
Adam Avery
Avery Brewing
Geoff Larson
Geoff Larson
Alaskan Brewery
Omar Ansari
Omar Ansari
Surly Brewing Co.

Testimonials

  • "I think that this is one of the most fine festivals for beer on the planet earth." Julia Herz (after attending 12 of the last 15 events), Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director/CraftBeer.com

  • @BigBeersFest are tremendous hosts! Passionate people & delicious beers. This #Vail getaway should be on everyone's #Beerfest bucket list.
    - Fred Bueltmann (Beervangelist), New Holland Brewing Co.

  • Easily the best beer festival on the planet! @BigBeersFest pic.twitter.com/dy5AxYKHFm
    -Mike McKim, Cuvee Coffee

  • "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


  • Blogspot Review and Photos - "I highly recommend this festival. There are seminars, beer dinners, a homebrew contest and a grand tasting session of over 200 different beers!"
    Michael Demers

  • "A lot of festivals have extraordinary beers. This festival has nothing but extraordinary beers."
    - Gary Glass, Director of the American Homebrewers Association

  • "(Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines) has become my favorite fest of the year. True camaraderie paired with a high level of brewing knowledge in a relaxed setting." 
    - J. Todd Usury, Brewery Director for Breckenridge Breweries, Denver, CO

  • "(We) have made some friends that we see each year at this event and we look forward to it each year. For us, this festival combines snowboarding, fantastic beer, a beautiful setting, and great friends...it doesn't get much better!"
    - Darrell Maudlin, Homebrewer, Houston, TX

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2015 Festival

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Cigar Pairing
Cigar Pairing Experience: Clay Carlton of Palma Cigars hand-rolls cigars for attendees.


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Commercial Tasting
Commercial Tasting: Showcasing a portion of the European beers available to sample from Artisanal Imports.
Photo by David Foxhoven

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Yoga of Brewing
The Yoga of Brewing: Stephanie Long leads her class through yoga poses inspired by beers created by Altitude Chophouse & Brewery.

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Commercial Tasting Veterans
Commercial Tasting: Big Beers Festival veterans, Lauren O'Shea and Adam Hague.
Photo by David Foxhoven


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Seminar: Sour Beer
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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Seminar: Palate Trips
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.

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2015 Featured Brewmasters
2015 Featured Brewmasters: Ron Kloth, Papago Brewing Co., and Jef Versele, Brouwerij Van Steenberge.


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2015 Calibration Dinner Hosts
Calibration Dinner Hosts: Adam Avery, Avery Brewing Co., and Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

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Village Brewmasters' Dinner Hosts
Village Brewmasters' Dinner at Terra Bistro: Jennifer Glanville of Boston Beer Co., and Dave Cole of Epic Brewing Co.


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

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Pouring Stouts
Experimental Brewing: Stouts Beyond Tradition - Pouring Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout for attendees to sample. One of eleven stouts presented by John Mallett [Bell's Brewery], Cory King [Perennial Artisan Ales], Brian Dunn [Great Divide Brewing Co.] and Jeremy Gobien [Copper Kettle Brewing Co.]


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2015 Calibration Dinner Food Course
Calibration Dinner, featuring Adam Avery and Sam Calagione: Pan seared duck breast, sweet potato dumpling, lingonberry sauce
lotus chip, and micro greens paired with Avery Pump[KY]n and Dogfish Head Kvasir.

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2014 Festival


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Winter Seasonals Panel
Julia Herz of CraftBeer.com and the Brewers Association with her panel members for "Winter Seasonals from the Brewers Who Brew Them", including L to R Scott Vaccaro from Captain Lawrence, Omar Ansari from Surly Brewing Co., Jeffrey Green of Very Nice Brewing Co. and Cory Forster of Dillon Dam Brewery.

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Sushi Course
Mountain Sushi course for the Calibration Dinner in Atwater on Gore Creek: 7x Beef, Colorado Bass, Yellowfin Tuna, Tangerine Ponzu, Yuzu Gelee, and Wasabi Cream. It was paired with Dogfish Head Positive Contact and Avery Thensaurum.
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Click for 300 dpi or to view largerBarrel Aged Beers Seminar
Nick Ison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. at a Blending Barrel Aged Beers Seminar with Scott Vaccaro from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. and Cam O'Connor from Deschutes Brewing Co.

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Martha of Pretty Things Ale 2014
Martha Paquette from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project pouring Jack D'Or "Saison Americain" at the 2014 Welcome Reception

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2014 Calibration Dinner
Vail Cascade Executive Chef Todd Bemis visits with Leslie & Steve Kaczeus of Bootstrap Brewing Co. during the Calibration Dinner.


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Cigar Pairing
Jeffrey Green from Very Nice Brewing
Co. at the Cigar Pairing Experience.

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Welcome Reception
Information on these wonderful
people coming!


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Homebrew Competition Judging
Emily Hutto, Journalist & Author of
Colorado's Top Brewers, judging at
the Homebrew Competition.

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2013 Festival


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Experimental Brewing Seminar
Experimental Brewing Seminar Panel: David Edgar (Moderator), Ray Daniels (Cicerone Program Director/Author), Geoff Larson (Alaskan Brewing Co./Author) & Ro Guenzel (Left Hand Brewing Co.)

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Wookey Jack Sample
Elizabeth from Firestone Walker pouring a sample of Wookey Jack for an attendee at the Commercial Tasting.

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Click for 300 dpi or to view largerBrewmasters' Dinner
Attendees enjoying the Traditional Brewmasters' Dinner, hosted by Matt Brynildson from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Kevin DeLange of Dry Dock Brewing Co.

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Dessert
The dessert course featured at the Brewmasters' Dinner.

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Staff & contestants after the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Pairing Taste-off: (L to R) Andy Sparhawk with the Brewers Association, Nathan Venner of Altitude Chophouse & Brewery, Shawn DeWitt of Coronado Brewing Co. (2x winner), Geoff Larson of Alaskan Brewing Co., Scott Witsoe of Wit's End Brewing Co. and Julia Herz (CraftBeer.com & Brewers Association) host/moderator.

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Left to Right: Natalie Fletcher,
Denver, CO, Ann Smith, Lakewood,
CO and Joy Cottrill, Phoenix, AZ.


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2012 Festival



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Sam Calagione's Seminar
Sam Calagione's seminar "The Marriage of Good Beer & Good Music" with concert ambiance, eg lower lights and more informal seating.
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Craft Beer & Cigars
Experimenting with craft beer & cigars at the inaugural Cigar & Beer Pairing Seminar outdoors by the Vail Cascade's fire features.
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Click for 300 dpi or to view largerPouring Beers
Volunteers pouring one of the beers for "The Evolution of a Barrel" experimental brewing seminar attendees.
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Jill Redding
Jill Redding, Editor of The New Brewer and Zymurgy for the Brewers Association, judging for the Big Beers, Belgians & Strong Ales Homebrew Competition.
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Scott Witsoe
Scott Witsoe, Owner of Wit's End Brewing Co., serving samples of his beers to Peter Bouckaert & his wife. Peter is the Brewmaster for New Belgium Brewing Co.
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Beer Lovers
(L to R) Nathan Fleming, Mary Fleming and
Stephanie Long from Laramie, WY. Sonja Hanson, Denver, CO and Jared Long   Laramie, WY. Jared (right) won 4 medals in the 2012 Big Beers Homebrew Competition!
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2011 Festival


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The perfect beer pour
The perfect pour
(of Firestone Walker's "Parabola") in 2011

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Sam Calagione
Sam Calagione passing out snacks during the 2011 'Regional Brewing Traditions Around the World' seminar.
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Click for 300 dpi or to view largerJudging
Mark Sample of Left Hand Brewing Co. judging the 2011 home brewing competition
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Seminar Crowd
2011 Seminar
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Crowd having fun at Beer Festival
2011 Commercial Tasting Crowd
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Crowd having fun at Beer Festival
"Bobo" of Manneken-Brussel Imports, Inc. pouring Schneider Aventinus and Chimay products at the 2011 Commercial Tasting
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2010 Festival

Click for 300 dpi or to view larger2010 brewers
Lodewijk Swinkels, Brewmaster for LaTrappe at Bierbrouwerij Koningshoeven.
James & Tina Pachorek, Owners of the Cheeky Monk Beer Cafe in Denver & Winter Park, CO.
Rob Tod, Founder/Brewmaster at Allagash Brewing Co, in Portland, Maine.

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andy sparhawk
Andy Sparhawk, Brewers Association
judging at the 2010 Big Beers Homebrew Competition
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tasting crowd
Crowd shot at the 2010 Commercial Tasting Event.

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john mallet
John Mallet, Production Manager for Bell's Brewing Co., Kalamazoo, MI pouring for a guest at the 2010 Commercial Tasting.
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