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Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

January 5 - 7, 2016

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, Vail, CO

Join us for the 17th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival Weekend! Come up to Vail to experience the event that beer connoisseurs are raving about. Homebrewers, Professional Brewers and Industry Gurus alike speak highly with regard to the unique format, the unusual international collection of beers, the organization and the overall quality of the event.

For those of you who are Big Beers Festival veterans, this 16th Anniversary celebration promises to live up to your previous experiences and take it one step further. Look forward to more goodies from the culinary team at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, calibrate and enjoy special features by our 2016 Featured Brewmasters, and sample over 300 amazing creations by breweries from around the globe.

It’s the perfect combination for a Winter Wonderland getaway: A world-class beer festival at a world-class ski resort! There are discounted ski/snowboard rentals available, discounted lodging, and other arrangements made for Big Beers Festival attendees.

The Commercial Tasting on Saturday afternoon has been dubbed “one of the best collections of beer ever seen in one place.” This international slice of beer is extremely diverse; Belgians, lambics and sours highlight the lighter end of the spectrum, while the Barleywines and Strong Ales dominate the other, with specialty beers from some of the most creative commercial brewers in the world.

The Educational Format of the Tasting portion of the festival is something unique dreamed up during the initial Big Beers Festivals by the festival’s founder, Bill Lodge, then of High Point Brewing, and has been well received by our guests. We suggest that each guest limit themselves to one sample of each beer for the first two hours of the event, as tracked by the extensive event program dedicated to educating the guest. This system encourages the guest to learn about the various breweries and beers available from around the world, and also slows consumption of the rather high octane brews available. For the record, we define 7.0% as the alcohol by volume minimum to qualify as a “big beer”.