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“Eat, Drink, Pick” – Beer Maker’s Pairing with New Belgium Brewing and Chef Chris Rybak
August 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Feast your eyes on an amazing lineup of Colorado-themed food, beer and music to kick-off the 21st Anniversary of Keystone’s Bluegrass and Beer Festival! New Belgium Brewing and Chef Chris Rybak pair to deliver a unique twist on a classic beer maker’s event. Eat, drink and pick your way through six small plate stations, each matched with a New Belgium sample. Foodies and beer lovers; your palate will thank you while your feet will be tapping to the best in Colorado Bluegrass with Summit County’s own Shaky Hand String Band. Between the strings, the New Belgium Beer Makers and Chef Rybak will share more about the menu design, flavor profiles and education on the brewery and the showcased brews.
Tickets are $55 in advance, and $65 day of.
Limited Seating Available – This Beer Maker’s Pairing is a social affair! Two-step to each station’s creation and pick your favorites.
Menu – Chef and Brewmaker’s Picks!
- Charcuterie Platter (Selection of air dried meats and cheese)
Fat Tire Amber Ale 5.2% ABV 22 IBUs
- Rice Noodle and Shrimp Salad
Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour Ale 4.5% ABV 3 IBUs
- Braised Goat Tacos, Cotija Cheese, Guacamole and Corn Salsa
Fat Tire Special Release Belgian White 5.2% ABV
- Tandoori Style Chicken Tikka
Voodoo Ranger IPA 7% ABV 50 IBUs
- Beer Braise Pork Belly
1554 Black Lager 5.6% ABV 21 IBUs
- Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Icing
Citradelic Tangerine IPA 6% ABV 50 IBUs
Chef Chris Rybak
Chris is a Culinary Arts graduate and a Certified Executive Chef. He came to Colorado on vacation during the winter of 1986 and basically, has never left. In 1986 he started as a Sous Chef at Keystone and was the Chef who opened the Conference Center and the Alpenglow Stube. In 2000, Chris was honored as “Chef of the Year” from the Colorado Chef’s Association and has stayed involved in the Culinary Arts Industry over time. After many roles at Keystone, Chris moved to Utah for one season as the F&B Director at Park City Mountain Resort. Chris missed his two daughters and home here in Summit County and moved back in May of 2007 to do restaurant consulting all over Colorado always missing his roles in the ski industry. After a brief phone call from our COO Alan Henceroth, Chris came to A-Basin in November of 2008 and has loved his position ever since. Some of Chris’s passions are; cooking for friends and family, good wine, Telemark skiing, bike riding, the staff at A-Basin, anytime spent with his two daughters and every opportunity to raft a river.
Shaky Hand String Band
Shaky Hand String Band is located deep in the Rocky Mountains. Influences of the high country, the band expresses itself from the beautiful surroundings in which their music is inspired. The band brings a variety of musical backgrounds together to create an intimate and exciting sound that will have listeners singing their songs for many days to come. Playing mainly original music, Shaky Hand String Band has become an outlet to express their imaginations with no barriers or restrictions. Their passions for eachother and their music creates a memorable experience that you surely won’t want to miss.
The band formed with a focus on original music, with aspirations to share their sound while touring the globe. The members consist of Patrick O’Halloran (Banjo/Vocals), Jess Moidel (Violin/Vocals), Todd Webster (Mandolin/Vocals), Nick Beato (Bass/Vocals). Each member brings their own special strength to the band in the form of writing, harmonies, melodies, improvisation and rhythm that all make the Shaky Hand sound. With backgrounds in bluegrass, classical, jazz and choir the band carries a broad seasonal sound that falls within the bluegrass world, but reaches into the hearts of polka, gypsy, folk and jazz lovers a like.
The Shaky Hand String Band plans on spending Spring and the Summer of 2017 touring throughout the United States from coast to coast. Look for Shaky Hand String Band this year as shows are announced and big developments continue to arise.
New Belgium Brewing
- Boy on bike. (Ok, make that a young man of 32.)
As our aspiring young homebrewer rides his mountain bike with “fat tires” through European villages famous for beer, New Belgium Brewing Company was but a glimmer in his eye. Or basement. For Jeff Lebesch would return to Fort Collins with an imagination full of recipes and a handful of ingredients ready to embark on a whole new journey.
And then there was beer.
Jeff’s first two basement-brewed creations? A brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a remarkably well-balanced amber he named Fat Tire. To say the rest was history would be to overlook his wife’s involvement. Kim Jordan was New Belgium’s first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer, and financial planner, as well as the company’s longtime CEO.
In 2015, Jordan passed the torch to New Belgium’s current CEO Christine Perich.
Electrical engineer meets social worker; ideals flourish
The other side of the New Belgium story might not seem as romantic as bicycling through Europe; but it gives testament to our dedication, hard work and continuous push for invention. It goes like this:
Jeff’s Belgian inspired brews garnered enough praise from friends and neighbors that Jeff and Kim took their basement brewery commercial in 1991. Kim, social worker by day and mother to two always, began the marketing process by knocking on their neighbor’s door. Artist Anne Fitch was that neighbor, whose watercolors came to help craft the New Belgium brand for 24 years, including the original Fat Tire label. Our new Fat Tire cruiser is still handcrafted by a painter, Leah Giberson, but this time it’s photorealism instead of a watercolor.
Bringing on Peter Bouckaert, a Belgian Brewmaster previously working at Rodenbach, in 1996 helped influence our love of sour beers. Moving forward, Peter would take the brewing reins as Jeff began pursuing other interests. In 2009, Jeff moved on completely and we have continued to flourish with Kim, Peter, and a team of dedicated employee-owners at the helm.
Time: Doors Open and Tasting Begins at 7:30pm – 9:30pm, Bluegrass Music until 10:00pm
Costs: $55 per person in advance, $65 per person day of event
Must be at least 21 years of age to participate.