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2023 Vail Craft Beer Classic

Liken your weekend to a pint glass – fill it up! There are several events at the Vail Craft Beer Classic to fill your weekend to the brim.
 
All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show a valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, including infants or children, and you must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

Stay Tuned for the 2023 Schedule of Events 

Friday Extended Tasting

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoors | Beer Sampling | Spirits & Cider

Friday, June 17th  – 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Ford Sculpture Garden Park

522 S Frontage Rd, E, Vail CO. 81657

New to the Classic in 2022! Enjoy unique craft beer pours that are not available at the Saturday tastings. With live music and delicious food trucks, this limited access event is the perfect kickoff to your beer-filled weekend.

Grand Tastings

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoors | Beer Sampling | Spirits & Cider

June 16 & 17

Colorado’s top breweries and beer enthusiasts come together at the Vail Craft Beer Classic for the most adventurous tasting event of the summer. Take in the scenic, mountain views of Vail while you immerse yourself in hop-culture. From stouts and lagers to pale ales and ciders, taste between hundreds of the best craft brews the state has to offer at the tastings. Live music and food trucks available.

Beer Dinners & Paired Lunches

More Info: Age 21+ | Beer Pairing | Full Meal | Brewers | Sommeliers

A celebration of local food and brews! The Vail Craft Beer Classic is proud to kickoff a weekend of great craft beer and food with a series of beer dinners and paired lunches at local establishments in Vail.

Full schedule and tickets available in May.

Adventures & Seminars

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoor Adventures | Brewers | Sommeliers | Lifestyle & Classroom Style

Adventures and seminars play into a variety of interests. You could hike or go fishing with a brewer, learn how to cook with different beers, or learn the brewing process.

Full schedule and tickets available in May.

Double Trouble - All Day Access

More Info: Age 21+ | Both day’s sessions

Exclusive access to attend both Friday or both Saturday sessions for the Toast of Vail. This allows for a leisurely sampling of as many beers and seltzers as you’d like during the entire afternoon. 

Reserve your table or picnic area between sessions. 

Musicians Presented by MAPS Music

2022 MUSIC LINEUP

Jubilingo

Blues | Rock | Funk

Performing at the Friday Night Extended Tasting

Brother's Keeper with Bill McKay

Heart & Soul | Rock & Roll

Performing Saturday both sessions

Fill Your Weekend

Rocky Mountain Burger Battle

The Rocky's Best Burger Competition

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoor | Burger Tasting & Competition 

Rocky Mountain Burger Battle boasts the most impressive burger tasting in the Colorado mountains. The champion is crowned in this all inclusive beefy bonanza featuring an exclusive, curated bracket of restaurants, and their hand-crafted masterpieces. It all goes down June 25th in Vail Village, presenting burgers from across the Western Slope.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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Beer Lovers Package

Sip at the Summit & Toast of Vail

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoor/Indoor | Beer | Package includes Sip at the Summit & Toast of Vail

Get the most out of your Vail experience with the tickets to the largest tastings of the weekend. This combo package includes one ticket to Friday’s Sip at the Summit at Mid Vail and one ticket to the Saturday Toast of Vail. This special package is a limited offer.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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Gears & Beers Lunch

Cruise Vail Pass with a Brewer

More Info: Age 21+ | Beer from New Belgium | Lunch | Road Bike | Shuttle to Vail Pass

Hop on for this unique event that combines two of Vail’s best world-class activities, biking and dining! This truly unforgettable road ride will start at the top of Vail pass and end at a paired lunch with New Belgium Brewing. Experts from the brewery will be entertaining their two passions, beer and the great outdoors. Following the ride, shed the dirt and indulge in a delicious lunch and beer tasting.

Mother Nature Disclaimer: Ride may be weather dependent if trails and/or conditions are unsafe for our riders. Lunch pairing portion of the event will happen rain or shine.

Shuttle to the top of the pass included in ride. Bikes and helmets provided at additional cost.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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VIP Beer & Burger Lover Package

Rocky Mountain Burger Battle & VIP Toast of Vail

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoor/Indoor | Beer | Burgers | Package includes Rocky Mountain Burger Battle & VIP Toast of Vail ticket

Be there for the inaugural Rocky Mountain Burger Battle this June 20 for the ultimate burger showdown! Taste and vote for your favorite burger from an impressive, curated bracket of independently owned restaurants from across the Rocky Mountains. Return to Vail Village Saturday for the Toast of Vail, the largest sampling of the Vail Craft Beer Classic. This special package is a limited offer including one ticket to both events.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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Beer & Burger Weekender Package

Rocky Mountain Burger Battle, Sip at the Summit, & Toast of Vail

More Info: Age 21+ | Outdoor/Indoor | Beer | Burgers | Package includes Rocky Mountain Burger Battle, Sip at the Summit & VIP Toast of Vail ticket

Fill your weekend with beer, burgers and more beer! Thursday night, be there for the inaugural Rocky Mountain Burger Battle and the ultimate burger showdown! Friday night ride the gondola to the top of the mountain for a BBQ dinner and beer tasting you’ll never forget. Wind down on Saturday for the Toast of Vail and large sampling of beers from Colorado and beyond. This is the ultimate Vail dining package and not to be missed! This special deal is a limited offer including one ticket to both events.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

Adventures & Seminars

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Ales & Anglers

Fly Fishing Excursion With A Brewer

More Info: Age 21+ | Beer | Picnic Lunch | Outdoors

Fish alongside Chad Yakobson, owner of Crooked Stave Brewing and his team of brewers on the Eagle River. They’re avid fisherman and you can pick their brain on everything from wild fermentation to wild trout at this angler’s paradise. Whether you’re casting for the very first time or matching the hatch in early morning solitude, this unique seminar brings you the best in fly fishing, scenery, and of course, beer.

Guides, gear, and fishing licenses will be provided by Minturn Anglers. Please allow ample time for this excursion – approx. 8AM-1PM. This guided event is limited to the first 10 people who register.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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WTF! Whiskey, Tannin, Frothy

Comparative Pairing with Whiskey, Wine and Craft Beer

More Info: Age 21+ | Paired Lunch | Vail Brewing Company | Wine | Jameson Whiskey | Master Sommelier Sean Razee

Food and wine pairings have been the rage for years. But why does wine get to have all the fun? In this luncheon, the experts dive deeper with you into food pairings like you’ve never experienced before. Sensational small plates matched perfectly with different wines, whiskeys, and beers, giving you a full appreciation of food pairings. This seminar will expand your senses, increase your knowledge, and impress your palate.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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Beer Appétit: Cooking vs. Pairing

Create Your Own Beer Dinner

More Info: Age 21+ | Beer | Small Plates | Horse & Dragon Brewing Company 

Beer and food have the power to transform each other—enhancing your experience and enjoyment of both. We’ll explore the metamorphosis of beer and food together whether they have been expertly paired, or added into the cooking process. This crash course will provide you with the confidence to create your own pairings and add beer to recipes at home. We’ll cover the “sure things,” the “don’t go there’s” and everything in between with Horse & Dragon Brewery and our Cicerone and Chef partners. 

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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Tales from the Taproom Brew Day

Wins, Fails & We-Probably-Shouldn't-Admit-This... Homebrew Class

More Info: Age 21+ | Homebrew Day | Informal Panel | Q&A

Learn practical ways to improve your homebrew from experienced brewers and owners. Ask your most burning questions during a homebrew day with our panel of experts from CO Brew and White Labs! This is your chance to ask the questions they don’t tell you on the tour. Limited to a small group to make it an intimate brew day where you can learn and engage with the masters.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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Hair Of The Dog Hike

Recovery Hike & Lunchinar

More Info: Age 21+ | Beer from Bonfire Brewing| Lunch | Hike

Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails for gorgeous views of the Gore Range, wildflowers, and maybe even some furry critters. Guided by local ambassadors, you’ll hike alongside brewers, owners and other beer enthusiasts. Following the hike, enjoy a paired lunch from Vail Chophouse and beers from those you just hiked with – a picture perfect Colorado experience!

Mother Nature Disclaimer: Hike may be weather dependent if trails and/or conditions are unsafe for our hikers. Lunch pairing portion of the event will happen rain or shine. This hike is geared for the beginner/intermediate level; please allow up to 3 hours for the hike and lunch. Limited space, as we want you to enjoy the hike without a crowd.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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Beer Appétit: Cooking vs. Pairing

Create Your Own Beer Dinner and Other Unique Pairings

More Info: Age 21+ | Beer from Horse & Dragon Brewing Company | Small Plates

Beer and food have the power to transform each other—enhancing your experience and enjoyment of both. We’ll explore the metamorphosis of beer and food together whether they have been expertly paired, or added into the cooking process. This crash course will provide you with the confidence to create your own pairings and add beer to recipes at home. We’ll cover the “sure things,” the “don’t go there’s” and everything in between with Horse & Dragon and our Cicerone and Chef partners.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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Chasing Trends Tasting

Newest Beer Styles, Pairings and Collaborations

More Info: Age 21+ | 3+ Breweries | Panel | Q&A

What does it take to stand out in a crowded market of breweries and new beer styles? We’ll talk to 3 breweries about their latest and most creative concepts to stay on top. Try Hemp beers, Brut IPAs, Norwegian Farmhouse, and open fermented brews. It doesn’t stop at the styles, try unusual pairings like beer and bugs – ya, it’s a thing. This is not your traditional tasting and you’ll get to try a dozen of our most unique brews at this beerinar.

All events, prices, personalities, performances, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice. No refunds or exchanges. No one under 21 will be admitted, must show valid photo ID. The Classic urges all adults to consume alcoholic products responsibly.

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