Vail Craft Beer Classic

Vail Craft Beer Classic
Photo courtesy: Vail Craft Beer Classic

Think of the Vail Craft Beer Classic as a traditional beer festival with a mountain twist. This inaugural event takes place from June 16-18, 2017, and features an abundance of adventure and beer pairings like Hike & Hops, Bikes & Barley and more. There are also educational seminars for those who want to focus solely on learning about beer, and a tasting event for those who love to sample and find their next favorite brew. In others words, if you are looking for things to do in Vail this weekend – look no further!

According to a recent Vail Beaver Creek Magazine article, here’s what you need to know:

“Over 300 beers will be on tap from brewers around the western United States, with a particular focus on Colorado, in addition to a few international breweries. The fun begins Friday evening with a beer and BBQ feast atop Vail Mountain at Eagle’s Nest (June 16, 6-9 p.m.; $70), reprised by another tasting in Solaris Square and various Vail Village venues on Saturday (Dubbed “A Toast of Vail,” nach; June 17, 3-6 p.m.; $55). But there’s more to the fest than beer. On Saturday and Sunday that weekend, you’ll have your pick of beer-centric activities, from a flyfishing seminar on the Eagle River hosted by Elevation Beer Company (“Pretty Fly for a Pint Guy,” June 17, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; $195) and a guided mountain bike ride on Vail Mountain hosted by Odell Brewing Co. (“Bikes & Barley,” June 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; $55) to a guided hike on Vail Mountain followed by a beer pairing lunch at Vail Chophouse hosted by Horse & Dragon Brewing (“Hike & Hops,” June 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; $50) and yoga at Ford Park paired with a beer tasting at Vail Brewing Company (“Nama’stay for a Beer,” June 18, 10-11:30 a.m.; $30). Not-so-active beer aficionados also can geek out on seminars, from the joys of barrel aging (June 17, 4 p.m.; free with Toast of Vail admission) to a discussion of the merits of beer aged in wine barrels (June 17, 5 p.m.; free with Toast of Vail admission). Looking for a Father’s Day gift that will be better appreciated than another bottle of Old Spice or a cliche “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee mug? The Craft Beer Classic has you covered there, too, with a special Father’s Day “Beerunch” at the Swiss Chalet (June 18, 10 a.m.; $44).”

Our Lodge at Lionshead guests (and staff…let’s be honest) are excited to check out this awesome new event. If you can’t make it this season, put in on your bucket list for 2018!

Vail Craft Beer Classic Lodging Special

Still searching for Vail Colorado hotels? Lodge at Lionshead has condo rentals available this weekend, including a Platinum Studio, Platinum 1 Bedrooms, and Gold 2 Bedroom condos. Come on your own, or bring your friends! Two-night minimum stay is required. You can check out rates and availability right here on our website.