What You'll Get
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for $25 worth of beer and food at Oktoberfest (May 28) or Luau (May 29) ($25 value)
- $30 for $55 worth of beer and food at Oktoberfest (May 28) or Luau (May 29) ($55 value)
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Vail at the Sonnenalp Hotel during SonnenPalooza. Join us for two days of fun and festivities to ring in the start of Summer in Vail! Events that are part of SonnenPalooza are free and open to the public, with food and beverages available for purchase. Hosted in a beer-hall style setting at the Sonnenalp Hotel, we will celebrate summer with two unique, themed events. Events each day are appropriate for all ages.
- Saturday, May 28 – Oktoberfest
Don’t miss Vail’s only truly authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration! Live Bavarian music, authentic fare and Hofbrau beers.
- Sunday, May 29 – Luau
Celebrate sun and sand in the heart of the mountains! Join us for our take on a luau, complete with island music, hula performers and a real pig roast.
Stay in style at the Sonnenalp – take 30% regular room rates May 26-30, 2016 and make a weekend out of it!
Hops: Beer’s Bitter Half
Virtually all beers—craft brews in particular—rely on the complex flavors and aromas of hops. Read on for Groupon’s exploration of one of beer’s most vital ingredients.
Different wheat varieties account for beer’s varying colors, from the amber hue of lager to the deep-chocolate dusk of a heavy stout. But not all beer’s key ingredients make their presence visible. In the glass, hops are undetectable to the eye but often inescapable to the palate. One of four principal ingredients in the brewing process—along with grain, yeast, and water—hops produce beer’s distinctive bitterness, balancing the natural sweetness of the grain’s malt sugar while imbuing it with other flavors and aromas. Harvested from the female flowers of a perennial vine called Humulus lupulus, the pellets come in two complementary types—alpha and aroma. The former contributes to beer’s bitterness with its higher acidity levels, whereas the latter results in floral qualities due to its higher percentage of essential oils.
One of the beers most commonly described as “hoppy,” india pale ale, came about thanks to another unique property of hops. An antimicrobial agent, the plant has been rumored to act as a natural preservative, keeping beer from spoiling too quickly. With this in mind, 18th- and 19th-century British brewers began adding extra hops to batches of beer destined for the Indian colonies, resulting in the brew’s characteristically strong bitterness.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 30, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid toward wine or liquor. Must be 21+ to receive beer. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.