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Big Beers Festival

Jan 10, 2019 to Jan 12, 2019
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, Breckenridge, CO
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Big Beers Special:  Save $10 when you purchase 3 or more tickets to one seminar!

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$600.00

Colorado VIP Pass

Want the ultimate credentials? You have arrived. The Colorado VIP Pass includes:

     • Calibration Dinner (Thurs. pm), featuring Avery/Dogfish Head
     • Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner (Friday pm) featuring 2019 Featured Brewmasters
     • Commercial Tasting + Early Access (Saturday)
     • Reserved Seats/Media Access to all Seminars (Friday & Saturday)
     • Commemorative Glassware (2 Glasses), Hat or T-shirt, plus choice of other wearable item

Please note that all taxes and gratuity are included in this package price. Purchaser will receive customized event pass at the Calibration Dinner registration on Thursday evening that will provide admission for all weekend events. Please also note that Seminar seats will be filled if VIP pass holder is not present at the time of media seating prior to start time. The seats will not be held.

Note that the difference between the Colorado VIP Pass and the Breckenridge VIP Pass is the Friday dining experience. This pass includes the Traditional Brewmasters' Dinner.

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$550.00

Breckenridge VIP Pass

Want the ultimate credentials? You have arrived. The Breckenridge VIP Pass includes:

     • Calibration Dinner (Thurs. pm), featuring Avery/Dogfish Head
     • Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing (Fri. afternoon) featuring Verboten/Blackberry Farm
     • Commercial Tasting (Saturday) plus early access to Commercial Tasting
     • Reserved Seats/Media Access to all Seminars (Friday & Saturday)
      • Commemorative Glassware (2 Glasses), Hat or T-shirt, plus choice of other wearable item

Please note that all taxes and gratuity are included in this package price. Purchaser will receive customized event pass at the Calibration Dinner registration on Thursday evening that will provide admission for all weekend events. Please also note that Seminar seats will be filled if VIP pass holder is not present at the time of media seating prior to start time. The seats will not be held.

Also note that the difference between the Colorado VIP Pass and the Breckenridge VIP Pass is the Friday dining experience. This pass includes the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing.

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$315.00

Big Beers Dinner Package

Enjoy the ultimate Big Beers weekend experience! Two fantastic beer pairing dinners, the main event (Commercial Tasting), and come on by the Welcome Reception on Friday for fun. This ticket includes:

     •  Calibration Dinner, featuring Avery/Dogfish Head
     •  Thursday 7:30–11:00 pm  Location: Imperial Ballroom, Beaver Run Conference Center

     •  Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner, featuring 2019 Featured Brewmasters (tbd)
     •  Friday 7:30–11:00 pm  Location: (tbd) probably Quandary Grille, Breckenridge

     • Commercial Tasting Ticket
     •  Saturday 2:30–6:00pm  Location: Colorado and Breckenridge Ballrooms, Beaver Run Conference Center

Please note that all taxes and gratuity are included in this package price.

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$125.00

Calibration Dinner with Avery & Dogfish Head

Thursday 7:30–11:00pm  Location: Imperial Ballroom, Beaver Run Conference Center

Start Big Beers Weekend off the traditional way, by calibrating your palate for the weekend events to come! The teams from Avery & Dogfish Head have been launching Big Beers annually for many years, and they know how to kick off the party...  Join Adam Avery of Avery Brewing Co. and the winner of the Dogfish Head Sand Castle Competition (Sam or Bryan) for a guided tour with Executive Chef Phil Dilks and his Culinary Team at Beaver Run Resort through 5 courses of delicious pairings. It's the proper way to begin!

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$125.00

The Traditional Brewmasters' Dinner with 2019 Featured Brewmasters

Friday 7:30–11:00 pm  Location: (tbd) probably Quandary Grille, Breckenridge

The cornerstone dining experience of Big Beers Weekend, the Traditional Brewmasters' Dinner celebrates our 2019 Featured Brewmasters (tbd) with a creative pairing menu designed specifically around their beers for this occasion. Join Corporate Chef Dan Hoyle and his culinary team with special guest Adam Dulye,  Executive Chef for the Brewers Association, for this exciting culinary adventure!

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$75.00

Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing with Verboten & Blackberry Farm

Friday 3:00–4:30pm  Location: Aurum, Breckenridge

One of our newer events, the Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing is being hosted this year by the new kid on the block. Aurum Breckenridge opened this summer, expanding upon their original location in Steamboat, with a veteran restaurant management crew and a culinary team of impressive repute. Join us on Friday afternoon at Aurum Breckenridge for a custom menu built around the beers to be showcased. The two brewers who will be featured this year alongside their beers are Josh Grenz of Verboten Brewing & Barrel Project and Travis Hixon of Blackberry Farm Brewery.

The brewers and chefs will provide fun and educational narration throughout the four course experience,  led by John Holl, Senior Editor of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine.

Please note that tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price. Table seating will be assigned for the  event. Please make seating requests and provide dietary information when purchasing your tickets or email Laura@BigBeersFestival.com.

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$75.00

The Commercial Tasting

Saturday 2:30–6:00 pm  Location: Colorado & Breckenridge Ballrooms, Beaver Run Conference Center

The big granddaddy of it all, the Commercial Tasting is the anchor and highlight of Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Weekend. Sample over 500 big (over 7% abv), Belgian in style, and experimental beers throughout the afternoon.  As you sample, visit with the brewery owners, brewmasters, and importers, learning more about their craft and inspsiration. Some were created especially for Big Beers!

Taste beers from over 135 breweries and importers in your commemorative tasting glass, hydrate from convenient water stations, and use your complimentary food coupon to stay grounded during this high altitude event.

At 3:30pm in the Colorado Ballroom Foyer, the 2019 Big Beers, Belgians & Strong Ales Homebrew Competition Awards will be presented to formally honor the best of the fantastic homebrew entries that were submitted.

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$60.00

Technical Seminar Package

The Technical Seminar Package is your deep dive into technical brewing!  Your experience will include the following in-depth seminar sessions featuring industry experts and brewers specializing in these areas:

     •  Experimental Brewing:Experimental Brewing: “High Gravity and High Elevation: The Impacts of Water Chemistry on Aroma, Flavor, Texture and Style”
     •  Saturday 9:00–11:00 am  Location: Imperial Ballroom, Beaver Run Conference Center

     •  Technical Track I:“Yeast Health and Viability in High Gravity and Sour Beers”, led by John Giarratano, Inland Island Yeast Co.
     •  Saturday 11:30–12:20 pm  Location: Imperial Ballroom, Beaver Run Conference Center

     •  Technical Track II:“The Multiple Personalities of Brett”,led by Jensen Cummings, Creator, Brewed Food, Denver, CO
     •  Saturday 12:45–1:35 pm  Location: Imperial Ballroom, Beaver Run Conference Center

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$45.00

Sensory Workshop Package

Interested in connecting more with your palate and senses? Perhaps learning more about how you taste and what happens when pairing beer with food?  This is the ticket. 

Your sensory experience will include the following sessions on your journey:

     •  The CraftBeer.com Beer + Food Experience led by Julia Herz, Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director, and Executive Chef Adam Dulye, also with the Brewers Association & CraftBeer.com
     •  Friday 6:00–7:00 pm  Location: Breckenridge Ballroom Peak 17

     •  Random Track I: "Sometimes You Just Want a Beer" led by Dr. Nicole Garneau, DraughtLab, LLC
     •  Saturday 11:30–12:20 pm  Location: Summit Gallery, Peaks 11- 12, Beaver Run Conference Center

     •  Sensory Track II: "DIY Beer Pairing Dinners" led by Justin Wright, Certified Cicerone and Menu Consultant
     •  Saturday 12:45–1:35 pm  Location: Base 9 Bar, Beaver Run Resort

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$30.00

Brewing Inspiration Seminar Package

Stuck in a brewing rut? Need someone to push you out into the unknown and get those creative juices flowing? We bring the unusual of the brewing world right to your door.

The Brewing inspiration Package includes one ticket each to the following seminars:

     •  Sensory Track I: "Foraging for Beer" led by John Holl, Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine 
     •  Saturday 11:30–12:20 pm  Location: Base 9 Bar, Beaver Run Resort

     •  Random Track II: "Ancient Nordic Beer Styles" led by Josh Cody, Colorado Farm Brewery
     •  Saturday 12:45–1:35 pm  Location: Summit Gallery, Peaks 11 & 12, Beaver Run Resort Conference Center

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$15.00

Topic: “Craftbeer.com Beer and Food Experience”
Julia Herz, Brewers Association Craft Beer Program Director
Chef Adam Dulye, Brewers Association/CraftBeer.com Executive Chef

Friday 6:00–7:00 pm  Location: Breckenridge Ballroom Peak 17

Foodies and beer geeks unite while we help tune your inner pairing guide during this unique and cutting edge demonstration. Get ready to enjoy craft beers from small and independent U.S. brewers along with a strategic pairing plate of locally sourced ingredients representing the basic tastes of sweet, salt, sour, bitter and umami while we take your palate and mind on a ride.

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$20.00

Experimental Brewing: “High Gravity and High Elevation: The Impacts of Water Chemistry on Aroma, Flavor, Texture and Style”

Saturday 9:00–11:00 am  Location: Imperial Ballroom, Beaver Run Conference Center

Demystifying Water Profiles:The Power of Minerality and Flavor Expression in Brewing 

Water: the most obvious and overlooked brewing ingredient. Join Nile Zacherle of Mad Fritz Brewing Co., Nick Ison & Matt Ruzich of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Chad Yakobson of Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project as they unveil the results of their experimental water project with 4 distinct beer styles. Check out the break down of their research on what different water treatments do to these styles including technical lab and sensory analysis. Will Cayler, also hailing from Sierra Nevada, will moderate as well as offer his technical insight on how much difference water can really make!

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$15.00

Brewmasters Seminar Track I: "Glucoamylase: From Brute to Brut"

2019 Featured Brewmaster: Steve Breezeley, Ska Brewing Co.
Track I: Saturday 11:30–12:20 pm Location: Summit Gallery, Peaks 9 & 10, Beaver Run Conference Center

This presentation will discuss the evolution in the use of glucoamylase from the making of “light” beers by the big brewers, to ultra-high gravity beers with % abv’s nearing 20%, all the way to today’s popular Brut IPA style.

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$15.00

Brewmasters’ Seminar II: “Extreme...ly Simple Beers”
Lasse Ericsson, Founder/Former Head Brewer, Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri
Andrew Colley, Head Brewer, Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri

Track II: Saturday 12:45–1:35 pm Location: Summit Gallery, Peaks 9 & 10, Beaver Run Conference Center

True to style and True to ourselves. Our journey of crafting balance and quality in our beers over the latest craze or explosive flavor. Perceptions of craft beers have changed while many of our recipes have stayed the same. How we can stand out from the crowd with simple beers.

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$20.00

Technical Track I: “Yeast Health and Viability in High Gravity and Sour Beers”
John Giarratano, Inland Island Yeast Co. & Brewery Panel

Saturday 11:30–12:20 pm  Location: Imperial Ballroom, Beaver Run Conference Center

With the booming market for high gravity and sour beers, breweries all over the country are putting time and money into their sour and barrel aged programs.  This shift in resources is often done with little to no foreknowledge or control over how the final product with turn out. Many theories exist regarding best practices when it comes to fermentation in high gravity and sour beers, but very little data backed evidence has been presented to the brewing community.

Through a combination of experimentation, brewer’s notes and years of fermentation data, this presentation dives into the most important factor in fermenting beer of any kind…YEAST.  More specifically, how yeast health is affected by high gravity and low pH fermentations as well as best practices for bottle conditioning.

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$20.00

Technical Track II: “The Multiple Personalities of Brett”
Jensen Cummings, Creator, Brewed Food, Denver, CO

Saturday 12:45–1:35 pm  Location: Imperial Ballroom, Beaver Run Conference Center

Brewed Food’s Chef & Certified Cicerone Jensen Cummings and Inland Island Yeast bring another series of Good Bugs collaboration brews to Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines once again. The Good Bugs team will present “The Multiple Personalities of Brett”.

Brett is an odd fella, with many faces and expressions. You may know of his horse blanket affinity, however there are so many more sides and potential to explore. From vegetal to cracked pepper to tropical fruit to minerality to floral, Brett will surprise and delight! Brettanomyces forward beers (and brewers) from Jessup Farm Barrel House (Jeff Albarella), Our Mutual Friend (Jan Chodkowski), Paradox Beer Co. (Jeffrey Airman), Wiley Roots (Kyle Carbaugh) and Avery Brewing Co. (Andy Parker) highlight this talk and tasting.

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$15.00

Sensory Track I: “Foraging For Beer”
John Holl, Senior Editor, Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine

Saturday 11:30–12:20 pm  Location: Base 9 Bar, Beaver Run Resort

Not all ingredients come pre-packaged. Across the country brewers take to the fields, their farms, orchards, the shore, and even backyards to find ingredients to add to their beer.

From berries to mushrooms, wild-foraged hops, and common yard flowers, brewers are adding exciting aromas and flavors from ingredients that are found all around us. Join John Holl and a diverse group of brewers who will talk about how to find ingredients and properly incorporate them into recipes.

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$15.00

Sensory Track II: “DIY Beer Pairing Dinners”
Justin Wright, Certified Cicerone®/ Menu Consultant

Saturday 12:45–1:35 pm  Location: Base 9 Bar, Beaver Run Resort

Have you ever wanted to create your own multi-course beer pairing dinner at home to impress friends and family?  Or know what flavors pair well with your food so you can create something magical on your own?  If so, this course is for you!

Join Justin Wright as we venture into the world of beer and food pairings that you can do at home.  You’ll go home with better knowledge of the 5 flavors we can taste and how to maximize your DIY beer and food pairings. There will be several example beer and food pairings provided.

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$15.00

Random Track I: “Sensory Exploration: Sometimes You Just Want a Beer”
Dr. Nicole Garneau, DraughtLab, LLC

Saturday 11:30–12:20 pm  Location: Summit Gallery, Peaks 11- 12, Beaver Run Conference Center

Learning to taste and dissect the good, the bad and the greatest of beers is a rite of passage for brewers and beer connoisseurs alike. But sometimes you just want a beer. Join Dr. Nicole Garneau in this humor-filled talk where we’ll cover the tasting techniques for any situations. You’ll walk away knowing how to taste like a scientist, savor like an artist, and kick back without judgement.

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$15.00

Random Track II: “Ancient Nordic Beer Styles”
Josh Cody, Owner/Head Brewer, Colorado Farm Brewery

Saturday 12:45–1:35 pm  Location: Summit Gallery, Peaks 11- 12, Beaver Run Conference Center

Scandinavia is rich with some of the worlds oldest brewing traditions.  This panel will discuss the traditional processes and brewing data learned on site for Sahti in Finland, Stjørdasøl in Norway and Faddersøl in Denmark. Authentic examples of these unique styles will be presented for tasting via collaboration brews with panelists. 

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Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
620 Village Road
Breckenridge, CO, 80424

Jan 10, 2019 to Jan 12, 2019
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The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is 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. Almost all of the Nineteenth Anniversary weekend will be held at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, with some single events (and all affiliate events) held in other locations.

 

In addition to the scheduled events, join us at the new Falling Rock Tap House at Big Beers! Located on Level 3 next to the Beaver Run hot tub area, Falling Rock has a curated list of craft cans available, acoustic guitar music each evening from 8 – 11pm, and free tastings on Friday afternoon. Hours are Thursday 6 – midnightFriday 1pm – midnight, and Saturday 6pm – midnight. Swing by for a beer, meet your friends, or hang out and see who else randomly shows up in true Big Beers fashion!