13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival Announces 67 Participating Breweries, Importers

The Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival, held in Vail January 10th–13th, has released the much-anticipated list of attending breweries. This year’s initial line-up from around the world lists 67 representing breweries and four importers, including seventeen first-time attendees, keeping the selections ever-fresh. The festival is unique because attendees get to speak with the actual brewers or top brewery representatives in a very intimate environment during the course of the three day event.

The announcement of offerings from event organizers includes:

AC Golden Brewing Co. (Colorado)
Alaskan Brewing Co. (Alaska)

Allagash Brewing Co. (Maine)
Altitude Chophouse (Wyoming)

Anchor Brewing Co. (California)

Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co. (Belgium)

Artisanal Imports (International Selection)

Aspen Brewing Co. (Colorado)
Avery Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Backcountry Brewery (Colorado)
Belukus Imports (International Selection)

Bell’s Brewing Co. (Michigan)
Big Choice Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Bonfire Brewing Co. (Vail, Colorado)

Bootstrap Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Boston Beer Co. (Massachusetts)

Boulder Beer Co. (Colorado)

Boulevard Brewing Co. (Missouri)

Breckenridge Brewery (Colorado)
Bristol Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Butcherknife Brewing Co. (Colorado)

C2 Imports (International selection)

Coronado Brewing Co. (California)

Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Colorado)
Denver Beer Co. (Colorado)

Deschutes Brewing Co. (Oregon)

Dillon Dam Brewing Co. (Colorado)
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Delaware)

Dry Dock Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Elevation Beer Co. (Colorado)

Epic Brewing Co. (Utah)

Fate Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (California)

Flying Dog Brewery (California)

Funkwerks Brewing Co. (Colorado)
Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Goose Island (Illinois)

Grand Teton Brewing Co. (Wyoming)
Gravity Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Great Divide Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse (Colorado)

Lagunitas Brewing Co. (California)

Lakewood Brewing Co. (Texas)
Left Hand Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Lost Abbey Brewing Co. (California)

Loveland Aleworks (Colorado)

Merchant du Vin (International Selection)

Moylan’s Brewing Co. (California)

New Belgium Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Odell Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Oskar Blues Brewery (Colorado)

Papago Brewing Co. (Arizona)

Pug Ryan’s Brewery (Colorado)

Renegade Brewing Co. (Colorado)

River North Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Roadhouse Brewing Co. (Wyoming)

Rockyard Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Shmaltz Brewing Co. (California and New York)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (California)

Ska Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Stone Brewing Co. (California)

Strange Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Surly Brewing Co (Minnesota)

Tenth & Blake Co. (Colorado and Illinois)

Three Barrel Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Tommyknocker Brewery (Colorado)

Uinta Brewing Co. (Utah)

Upslope Brewing Co (Colorado)

Widmer Brewing Co. (Oregon)

Wit’s End Brewing Co. (Colorado)

Programming for the three day educational and extremely fun Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival includes returning favorites, and usually sold out/standing-room only programs such as the opening Calibration Dinner, the Traditional Brewmaster’s Dinner, the experimental brewing seminar: “Brewers Gone Wild,” and CraftBeer.com’s Beer & Food Pairing Taste-off. Both dinners are five-course white tablecloth ‘double’ beer pairing dinners with commentary from the brewmasters and chefs. Many more programs are listed on the event website; special guests and seminars will be updated on the event website, http://www.bigbeersfestival.com as details are finalized.

Designed to welcome the beer connoisseur, the innovative homebrewer, and the novice taster, participants will find events appropriate for all levels of interest. Throughout the course of the entire festival, breweries from around the world participate, offering literally hundreds of choices of elite brews. For more information, contact Kirsten Texler, Key Link PR, at kirsten@keylinkinc.net and visit the event website at www.bigbeersfest.com.

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