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Big brews for big appetites

Wren Wertin
It's finally here - the Big Beer, Belgians and Barleywines Festival. Brewers and their representatives will be pouring 75 artisan brews for all the world to taste. Russian Imperial stouts, berry-flavored meads and strong beers resembling cognac are but a few of the goodies to look forward to. The tasting begins at The Tap Room and Sanctuary at the top of Bridge Street at 2 p.m., and runs until 6 p.m.

The official word in the beer world is the Vail festival is in a class of its own, and only the famed San Francisco festival even begins to compete. In addition to the open tasting, there will be two seminars as well. The first will give an overall understanding of Belgian beers – and there’s much to understand. The second will be a beer-and-cheese pairing class. (Forget the vino and go for the bubbley with roquefort, goat cheese and more.)

Tickets are $20, which includes a tasting glass and open access. It’s meant to be educational, so only one-ounce pours for the first two hours – which is good, as big beers by definition pack an alcoholic punch. For more information call High Point Brewing at 524-1092. The festival makes a donation to the Vail Charitable Fund.|Special to the Daily|

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