Calibration Dinner Kicks Off Big Beers Festival in Vail Tonight

Calibration Dinner Kicks Off Big Beers Festival in Vail Tonight

The Big Beers, Belgians and Barley Wines Festival will kick off a weekend of beer and brewing in Vail today. The fifteenth annual edition includes thirteen workshops and seminars, as well as brewmasters' dinners and a welcome reception (for participating brewers only) that will feature craft-beer and food pairings.

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Vail Cascade Resort & Spa will host this three-day, beer-centric event. And on this first night, Sam Calagione and Adam Avery, of Dogfish Head and Avery Brewing, will be hosting a double beer-pairing dinner with the Vail Cascade culinary team. The Calibration Dinner is $108 and begins at 7:30 p.m. at Atwater on Gore Creek.

Tickets for the dinner and for any of the events this weekend, which vary in price by event, but start at only $10, can be purchased at bigbeersfestival.com.

To whet your appetite, here are a few words from Avery:

My love of beer began as an infant. My aunt would put a few drops of the precious liquid on my pacifier to ease the pain of teething. My passion grew through the years as my parents had a "European attitude" towards alcoholic beverages. As I grew into adulthood, I found it difficult to find brands that challenged me. My tastebuds required more flavor than breweries at that time were creating.

I was forced to homebrew. All kinds of strange concoctions poured from my kitchen. The cases stacked up.....my friends and I couldn't quaff as fast as I brewed. The creations, I was told, were great. "Start a brewery!" they said. So with the aid of Dad and his friend, Steve Wagner, I turned my hobby into a profession.Twenty years later, my singular goal is to challenge your tastebuds, taking brewing to another level of flavor, quality, and consistency. I am......a beer junkie!

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.



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