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Specialty imported beer tasting in Avon

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VAIL CO, Colorado

AVON – Vin48 in Avon showcases specialty imported beers with Tom Jasko of Merchant Du Vin at the restaurant/wine bar’s weekly tasting Wednesday evening.

Specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin was founded in 1978, a time when Americans could not buy the world’s classic beer styles. In fact, unless they had traveled to Europe most Americans had never even heard of pale ale, hefeweizen or Trappist ale. Merchant du Vin founder Charles Finkel realized that the flavors found in the great beers of England, Germany and Belgium were a universal pleasure that should be available to all adults.

Merchant du Vin’s selling proposition is to educate the consumer and arouse curiosity as to the differences among the classic beer styles, and to make these beers available for purchase at stores, restaurants, and bars. Merchant du Vin’s portfolio of beers comes from nations with deep, rich brewing traditions: England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and the Czech Republic.

One of the beers featured at tonight’s tasting will be Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock. In the shadow of the Alps, nestled in the 1,200-year-old village of Aying (pronounced eye-ing), Brauerei Aying produces 12 different styles of beers, more than most of the larger breweries. The Ayinger Brewery has been owned and operated by the same family since 1878 and represents one of the most pleasant and interesting small breweries typical of Europe.

Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock was originally brewed at a monastery in northern Italy, “double bock” was quickly introduced by Bavarian brewers to compete with bock. Doppelbock names end with the suffix “-ator.” Ayinger Celebrator is a rich, dark elixir with cascading layers of malt complexity balanced by elegant hops with notes of toffee, caramel, elegant dark-malt roastiness and pure malt.

Vin48 chef-owner Charles Hayes will pair the beers with appetizers on the restaurant’s patio. The event is part of vin48’s summer tasting series, which takes place every Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on vin48’s patio. Vin48 serves wines from visiting winemakers, importers, breweries and industry insiders and pairs them with Hayes’ cuisine. All of the beers served are available for purchase at discounted prices from Beaver Liquors in Avon.

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