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Vail’s Sweet Basil celebrates beer

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail's Sweet Basil hosts its Love Our Locals series on Monday. The class will focus on six popular styles of beer.

VAIL, Colorado –The third most consumed beverage in the world is beer – behind water and tea. If an icy cold one is on your top five list, then Sweet Basil is where you need to be Monday night for an event that is all about Homer Simpson’s favorite subject … beer.

On Monday, Sweet Basil will hold its fifth event in the weekly cooking and entertaining series, Love Our Locals. The interactive tasting will take attendees on a tour of the six most popular beer styles.

“We’ll start off with the rich history of beer,” said bar manager Rob Stoops, who will be leading the event on Monday. “Then we’ll go through the different classifications of beer, tasting those styles and finally pairing them with food.”

Stoops will go over lager, ale, wheat, dark lager porter and stout.

Beer tastings, pairings and seminars have become increasingly more popular these days. Festivals have sprouted up all across the country paying homage to all things lager and ale. This week in Philadelphia, over 1,000 beers will be highlighted in the 3rd annual Philly Beer Week. The nation’s oldest and largest beer tasting and competition, however, is actually right here in Colorado. In September, Denver will host the 29th Great American Beer Festival, which is three days of over 450 breweries and more than 2,000 beers. The 2010 event expects to draw 50,000 people from all over the world paying $55-$165 per ticket, which begs the question – why beer?

“It’s easy to drink, very refreshing and tastes great,” said local resident Kristin Fusco, who has already reserved her seat for Monday night. “I personally like the taste of beer over wine. There’s nothing like a beer to go with anything off the grill. I’m looking forward to learning more about my favorite beverage.”

Stoops says his goal for Monday night is to educate people and open them up to the different styles of beer.

“There are so many choices out there now, it can be overwhelming,” he said. “I want people walk away from Monday night with a better understanding of beer and what they personally like.”

The beer class will be held at Sweet Basil Monday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 and includes an evening of education, beer and nibbles. There are limited tickets available and reservations are required.

For more information about Sweet Basil, or to make reservations visit or call 970-476-0125.

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