Big Beers: A Winter Beer Vacation

Two beer dinners, a homebrew competition, a commercial tasting, and several packed seminars: The 13th year of the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival was an absolute revelation in the eyes of this beer novice. Undoubtedly, novice or not, Big Beers was the principle mountain beer event to attend this winter. With some of the […]

The Big Beards of Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

Matt Brynildson – Firestone Walker One of my favorite aspects of any beer festival is the beards.  I love the beards.  While everyone was busy drinking amazing beer, I was drinking amazing beer and stalking some bearded prey.  With that, I give you the Big Beards of the Vail Big Beer Festival.  Also, I wrote […]

Shots: Big Beers Reception, Homebrew Competition, and Beer Pairing

Day one of the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival kicked off in true drinking fashion with appearances by the likes of Odell’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, Alaskan Imperial Red, and Buffalo Bitter Belgian Ale during the welcome reception with a food pairing designed by Exec Chef Todd Bemis and his culinary team at the […]

Top 10 Tweets from Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines

Wow. Another epic #BigBeers in the books. The Wagon has a hard time turning down a good beer festival, and not to mention one that is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Vail, Colo. Even more, we got to taste bevvies that we’ve never seen before and had quality conversations with […]

Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival

This weekend marks the 13th Annual Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival. With Vail, Colorado as its backdrop, this winter festival of fun activities will host 67 representing breweries and four importers from around the world, including 17 first-time attendees, keeping the selections ever-fresh. The uniquely, intimate settings of Big Beers presents attendees with the […]

How Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines kicked all of our asses

I like ‘em big, hairy, hot, bold, and boozy–my beers, at least.  (One could hypothesize a correlation between my taste in men and beer—no comment.)  Since dipping my toe–and subsequent rabbit-hole-plunging–into the craft beer world, I’ve always lusted after a ticket to Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines.  Thanks to the lovely folks at Denver off […]

How the Big Beers Festival Kicked My Ass

 As ashamed as I am to admit it, this was my first visit to Vail despite being a Colorado native.  This picturesque mountain town offered the perfect getaway after a hectic work week.   We arrived on Friday night with plenty of time to spare before the Cigar Pairing event at 10pm, so we took in the […]

Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines

The annual Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival is upon us! This weekend, beer geeks invade the Cascade Hotel in Vail for some big bold bodacious beautiful brews. B. The festival has a lot of events, with judging, cigar pairing, and more. Most of the events are already sold out, but the commercial tasting portion […]