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Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Fest tickets on sale Wednesday, Sept. 2

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Geoff Larson, president and co-founder of Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co. in Juneau, Alaska.
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If you go …

What: Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival.

When: Thursday, Jan. 7, through Saturday, Jan. 9.

Where: Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, 1300 Westhaven Drive, Vail.

Cost: Festival packages range from $130 to $500, depending upon included events and lodging; single-event tickets range from $65 for the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing to $108 for the brewmasters’ dinners; and reserved seminar seats are $10 per seminar.

More information: For tickets are the complete 16th anniversary weekend schedule, visit www.bigbeersfestival.com.

Tickets for the iconic Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival go on sale today at 10 a.m. The festival weekend is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 7, through Saturday, Jan. 9, and will once again be held at the Vail Cascade Resort in Vail.

The featured brewmasters, dinner hosts and seminar presenters for the festival came together earlier this year than they have in some years past.

“Sometimes, it’s difficult to organize the different elements of the weekend in time for September ticket sales,” said Laura Lodge, festival coordinator. “This year, everyone was able to commit early enough to have a complete schedule ready for attendees to review before Wednesday.”

This includes this year’s featured brewmasters, who will be Geoff Larson, president and co-founder of Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co. in Juneau, Alaska; and Omar Ansari, founder and president of Surly Brewing Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Larson will be kicking off Alaskan Brewing’s 30th anniversary at the Big Beers Festival.

Big Beers will once again open on Thursday evening, Jan. 7, with the Calibration Dinner, hosted by Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Milton, Delaware. A much-loved tradition held in Atwater on Gore Creek, dinner attendees will be treated to a five course, double-beer pairing dinner accompanied by the running commentary from the principals of both breweries. This year, Adam Avery and his team will be sharing the stage with Tim Hawn, brewmaster for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, who will be visiting Big Beers for the first time.

New this year, Terra Bistro will be hosting the Big Beers Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event on Friday afternoon, Jan. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in Vail Village. Like the pairing dinners, the Small Plates Pairings will be double beer pairings created by executive chef Shawn Miller and his team, with beers from Perennial Artisan Ales of St. Louis, Missouri, and Nebraska Brewing Co., of Papillion, Nebraska. Both Cory King, head brewer for Perennial Artisan Ales, and Paul and Kim Kavulak, owners of Nebraska Brewing Co., will be speaking throughout the event.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund has partnered with the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival for 16 years and will again be the beneficiary of the net proceeds from the event. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are both available for the Big Beers Festival. For more information, visit http://www.bigbeersfestival.com or contact Lodge at bigbeersfestival@hotmail.com.


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