Vail Craft Beer Classic Brings the Brews

Photo courtesy Vail Craft Beer Classic

Photo courtesy Vail Craft Beer Classic

Crooked Stave and FATE come together for the beer dinner on Thursday

By Kim Fuller

Any excuse to get yourself to Vail is a good one, especially when there’s a brewers’ dinner to attend. This Father’s Day weekend, head to the mountains for the second annual Vail Craft Beer Classic, but be sure to get there Thursday, June 14, for the four-course Brewers Dinner with Crooked Stave Artisans and FATE Brewing Company at the Vail Ale House. 

“We are excited to be part of the Vail Craft Beer Classic because they have elevated the beer festival experience,” shares Rosanna Romero of Crooked Stave Artisans. “With so many events over the course of three days, this festival is perfect for everyone from the novice beer drinker to the experienced craft beer connoisseur.” 

Crooked Stave will be pouring Sour Rosé, Two Tickets to Paradise and Do You Even Zest?! 

The Sour Rosé is a Wild Ale, 100 percent primary fermented in large oak foeders with raspberries and blueberries from Washington. “This is a great introductory sour that pairs well with food and is perfect for all drinking occasions,” Romero said. 

Two Tickets to Paradise is a collaboration Crooked Stave did with Maui Brewing Company. It is a light, tropical saison aged in oak with fresh lime and hibiscus. 

Photo courtesy Vail Craft Beer Classic

Photo courtesy Vail Craft Beer Classic

“It’s perfect for drinking out on your patio while watching the sunset in the summertime,” says Romero. “Do You Even Zest!? is our limited release Citrus Double IPA that is loaded with an immense amount of hops and freshly zested citrus. This unfiltered, hazy double IPA is packed with tropical, juicy, and citrus flavors!”

FATE Brewing Company will be pouring the Midas. As FATES’s fourth anniversary ale, Midas is a chardonnay barrel-aged hybrid quad IPA. FATE will also showcase the Moirai, and IPA, and their Laimas Coffee Kölsch, gold medal-winning ale infused with single origin Ethiopian cold press coffee. It’s light in color and big in flavor.

Here is the menu Vail Ale House chef John Ousted will be serving: 

•  Appetizers: Bacon, fig, goat cheese filo-wrapped squares.

•  First course: Beet salad.

•  Main course: Pork chop with mango jalapeño sauce, served with fried onions, cheddar mashed potato and chili lime corn.

•  Dessert: Chocolate mousse triangles with white chocolate-covered pretzels.

The Brewers Dinner kicks of the festival and is $65 per person. 

The Vail Craft Beer Classic runs from Thursday, June 14, through Sunday, June 17. The four-day festival features paired dinners, educational seminars, brewer-led activities like mountain biking, hiking and fly fishing, and some of the state’s highest elevation beer tasting. 

The celebration’s array of events are priced from $35 to $195, and tickets can be purchased online or in-person (for select events) at West Vail Liquors, located at 2151 N. Frontage Rd. W in Vail.

For more information and a full event lineup, head to