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Outside Events Guide to 2018 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines

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This weekend’s Big Beers festival is one of Colorado’s most awe-inspiring beer events, featuring more than 500 amazing and sought-after beers. If you’re not able to attend the big show in Breckenridge, there are plenty of mountain events related to the fest. From special releases to rare tappings, we’ve compiled a list of happenings for you to start 2018 with a bang.

Here’s our comprehensive list of Big Beers weekend events:

Thursday, January 4

11am – Golden Sour + Peaches bottle release, @ Westbound & Down Brewing (Idaho Springs)

Westbound & Down’s first bottle release is sure to be a great one. The beer is aged 8 months in 100% American oak California red wine barrels using Powder Keg Brewing’s house culture, before being aged an additional 2 months with five and a half pounds of Colorado’s prized Palisade peaches per gallon. Price: No entry fee. $25 per bottle. Limit 2. 120 total bottles available.

4pm – WeldWerks, Amalgam, and Wiley Roots Tasting/Release @ Basecamp Wine & Spirits (Frisco)

Weldwerks will be bringing up DDH Juicy Bits, Branded Flannel, and Blueberry Pie Berliner and here to answer questions and pour samples from 4-7pm! We also have their Alpha Bits, Coffee Coconut Stout, and their unfiltered hefe!
Amalgam will be bringing up Ascension, Composition #1, DH Compostition #1, Freeform Solera Golden Sour (Danube) from 4-5:30pm
Wiley Roots will debuting Galaxy Funk Yo Couch in cans! We also have their Botanic Basket, Four Legged Funk, Tropical Vacay, Optimus Rubius, and Mosaic Funk Yo Couch! 5:30-7PM

4pm – Horse & Dragon Tap Takeover @ Breckenridge Tap House – 105 N Main St (Breckenridge)

Join Horse & Dragon for a tap takeover at Breckenridge Tap House. A portion of the proceeds from sales of H&D beers to The Summit Foundation, which works to support our mountain communities in many ways.

6pm – Colorado’s 1st Annual Duvel 100 @ Ein Prosit – 313 Main Street (Frisco, CO)

To celebrate Duvel being rated a perfect 100, we will all get together and drink 100 Duvels in 1 night. Join us at 6 PM where we will properly certify you in how to pour a perfect Duvel. At 7 PM we will attempt to drink 100 Duvels. No Cover Charge

6pm – Après 4th Anniversary Birthday Bash @ Après Handcrafted Libations – 130 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

In honor of Après Handcrafted Libations’ 4th anniversary, they will be tapping 2 very special collaboration brews: their very own collaboration with Little Machine Beer, an American Barleywine and aged in rum barrels for 1 year, and a very special collaboration brew from Baker’s Brewery and Sanitas Brewing, a Viking Barleywine, with juniper and heather and fermented with Kveik Norwegian yeast. Get these limited releases while you can and enjoy some fun pairing with Mountain Top Cookie Shop cookies, too!

7pm – Destihl, Paradox, Ballast Point, Surly and Upland Brewing Tap Takeover @ Rocky Mountain Underground – 114 South Main Street (Breckenridge) 

Tap takeover featuring Destihl, Paradox, Ballast Point, Surly and Upland with live music at 7pm by Sneezy

7pm – Big Beers Dinner with Ballast Point and Epic, @ Blue Stag Saloon- 323 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

At this dining duel, each of the 4 courses features a beer from both Ballast Point and Epic Brewery and diners choose their favorite beer each round. Price: $48 in advance, $60 at the door

7pm – Mockery Tap Takeover @ Northside Pizza – 315 N Main St (Breckenridge)

Specialty tapped beers, pint glass giveaway with every Mockery purchase, swag raffle, and much more!

7pm – Attack of the Barrel-Aged Beer Tap Takeover @ Rocky Mountain Underground – 114 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Come grab a flight of barrel aged beers from Ballast Point, Destihl, Surly, Paradox and Upland and talk barrel aging with the brewers and owners! Enjoy Paradox – Future Knowledge, Pina Cielo, Destihl – Dosvidana, Surly – Darkness, BA Pentagram, Ballast Point – BA Victory at Sea, Sour Wench and goodies from Upland, too

8pm – Ugly Sweater & Twister Big Beers Kickoff Party @ Kenosha Steakhouse- 301 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Breakthru Beverage is teaming up with Kenosha Steakhouse for a tap takeover that includes Avery, Boulevard, Denver Beer Co, Dogfish Head, Dry Dock, Great Divide, Melvin, New Holland, Odd13, Odell, Outer Range, Ska, Stone, and Upslope. The party will feature 2 versions of Hopbominable, a DIPA collab between Odd13 and Outer Range.

Price: No entry fee. Beer and food available for purchase.

8pm – Brewer’s Trivia @ Rita’s – 301 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Telluride and Ska are ready to take on everyone in a Trivia focusing on Beer! Enjoy Face Down Bourbon Brown, Russel Kelly, Whacked Out Wheat, and RedFish while you get your game going.

Friday, January 5

11:30am – Learn to Brew with Après and CO-Brew @ Après Handcrafted Libations, 130 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Come to Après and learn about the brewing process! They have teamed up with CO-Brew (out of Denver, CO) to bring you a live brewing experience. CO-Brew’s brewing experts will be onsite brewing a Belgian Golden Strong Ale! You will learn about: The Brew Process, The Equipment Used to Brew, The Grain Types Utilized (more specifically this recipes grain types!), The Hops Utilized, The Yeast Utilized, & The Fermentation Process. Soak up all of the info while sipping on a glass of the beer you are learning about! Additionally, Après’s expert bartenders will also be onsite to walk you through: The Details of the Belgian Golden Strong Ale Style and Differences in Similar Beer Styles You May See at Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines.

Noon – Wilderpeople Collaboration Can Release @ Outer Range Brewing – 182 Lusher Ct., Unit #2 (Frisco)

Outer Range has teamed up with their homies from Wiley Roots in Greeley, to brew another Colorado collab. In standard Wiley Roots fashion, they decided to celebrate Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywine Festival by going against the grain and releasing a Session IPA during the festival. 4.9%. Ekuanot hops. Can release starts at Noon when Outer Range opens their doors. Wiley’s owner/head brewer, Kyle Carbaugh will be here hanging out. 45 cases will be available for sale in the ORB Taproom. Wiley Roots will be releasing cans as well at a later date.

Format: 16oz 4pks – Price: $16/4pk – Limit: 1 case limit per person (per day)


4pm – Brewed Food: Good Bugs Bottle Release @ Basecamp Wine and Spirits – 223 Lusher Ct. #1 (Frisco)

Pick up a bottle of collabs with Casey Brewing & Blending, Alesong Brewing & Blending, Green Bench Brewing, Crooked Stave, Mad Fritz, and Blackberry Farm. Food fermentations and beer tastes will be available.

Price: No entry fee. Beer and food purchased individually.

5pm – First Friday in Silverthorne hosted by The Bakers’ Brewery with Sanitas & Angry James @ The Bakers‘ Brewery, 531 Silverthorne Lane, (Silverthorne)

The Bakers’ Brewery is teaming up with the Town of Silverthorne, Sanitas and their soon-to-be-open friends at Angry James for a fun evening of music and camaraderie. Complimentary snacks from 5 – 7pm + guest taps from Sanitas.

6pm – Big Beers Pre-Game @ Gold Pan Saloon – 620 Village Road (Breckenridge)

Get in the spirit on Big Beers’ eve with beer from Boulevard, Dogfish Head, Our Mutual Friend, Sierra Nevada, Three Taverns, TRVE, and Upland. Price: No entry fee. Full bar to purchase beverages.

6pm – Elite Brands Tap Takeover @ Kenosha Steakhouse – 301 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Elite Brands is running the joint to help you prepare for Big Beers with offerings from 4 Noses, Ballast Point, Surly, Port / The Lost Abbey, Upland, Green Flash, Modern Times, Telluride Brewing, Paradox, Epic Brewing, Destihl, Elevation, and Fate.

Price: No entry fee. Full bar to purchase beverages.

6pm – The Get Down Fandango – @ Kenosha Steakhouse – 301 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Amalgam Brewing has teamed up with Black Project Spontaneous & Wild AlesCerebral Brewing and WeldWerks Brewing Company to tap some special kegs on Friday night! Come on by the Kenosha Steakhouse and get down with all four.

7pm – Outer Range, Cellarmaker, Casey Brewing and Blending and Rare Barrel Tap Takeover @ Rocky Mountain Underground Tavern – 114 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

The Founders of all four breweries will be in attendance and live music at 8pm by the Sweet Lillies, an all-girls bluegrass band.

7:30pm – Brewed Food: Good Bugs Special Beer Release @ Apres Handcrafted Libations -130 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Try this series of beer featuring Alesong, Blackberry Farm, Casey, Crooked Stave, Green Bench, and Mad Fritz and speak with the brewers, Fermentation Experts, and Jensen Cummings about the unique fermentation processes and the yeast cultures used in these brews before Big Beers.

Price No entry fee. Beer and food purchased individually.

8pm – Ratio Comedy on the Road featuring Adam Cayton-Holland and Ian Douglas Terry @ Base 9 Bar at Beaver Run – 620 Village Road (Breckenridge)

Fresh off his Comedy Central Stand-Up Special debut, Denver comedian Adam Cayton-Holland, of truTV’s Those Who Can’t, is teaming up with Ratio’s in-house comic, Ian Douglas Terry for a special night of stand-up. Catch this all-star comedy lineup while enjoying beers from Ratio Beerworks.

Price: No entry fee. Full bar to purchase beverages.

8pm – Great Divide, Left Hand, and Stone Breweries with the Frisco Funk Collective @ Blue Stag Saloon – 323 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

3 kegs from each brewery will be tapped starting around 6 pm and pouring till they kick, including Left Hand Barrel Aged Nitro Dubbel, Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and Great Divide Boysenberry Gose. The Frisco Funk Collective will be starting around 10 pm and going till 1:15 am

8pm- Avery Tap Takeover + Ollie’s Food Pairing @ Ollie’s Pub & Grub, 401 South Main Street, (Breckenridge)

Join Team Avery for a tasty evening at Ollie’s, complete with tap takeover and culinary adventure.

8pm – Dogfish Head ‘Randall’ Takeover with Bryan Selders @  The Crown, 215 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Bryan Selders and Dog Fish Head Coworkers will be on hand to answer questions and nerd out on all things “Randall”, showcasing World Wide Stout, Olde School Barleywine, 90 Minute IPA Randalled thru “Crown Pub Coffee.”

Saturday, January 6

6pm – Final Big Beers Tap Takeover @ Blue Stag Saloon – 323 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

To kick off the night, Renegade is taking over at Blue Stag Saloon with 4 special releases, including Depravity Imperial Peanut Butter Cup Milk Stout and Drunken Pirate Rum Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Porter. At 8, Blue Stag will switch things up with tappings of Left Hand Barrel Aged Nitro Dubbel, Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and Great Divide Boysenberry Gose. At 10, the Frisco Funk Collective will get your booty moving for the rest of the evening.

Price: No entry fee. Full bar to purchase beverages.

7pm Big Beers After Party Benefiting SOS OutreachApres Handcrafted Libations -130 South Main Street- (Breckenridge)

This great event for an even greater cause will feature special tappings from Trve Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Brewery, Three Taverns Craft Brewery, and Ratio Beerworks with 100% of the proceeds from those beers going to SOS Outreach,a youth development non-profit that uses year-round outdoor sports to engage underserved students in long-term mentor based relationships.

Price: No entry fee. Full bar to purchase beverages.

8pm –  Stone & Left Hand Tap Takeover @ Flipside (Breckenridge)

Stone and Left Hand come together to share some super limited release beers from their archives at this Big Beers after party.

Price: No entry fee. Full bar to purchase beverages.

8pm – Epic, Elevation and 4 Noses Tap Takeover @ Rocky Mountain Underground – 114 South Main Street (Breckenridge)

Epic Brewing, 4 Noses, and Elevation host an 80’s ski party after party with DJ Phatm4tt. Don’t forget your onesie! Beers available will include Epic – SOB Nitro, Common Interest, Brainless on Cherries, Sour Apple Saison, Elevation – Pineapple acide, Bacchanale, DIPA, First cast, and 4 Noses – Bout Damn Time, Perfect Drift, Bareback Raspberry Blonde and Ryeciprocol.

8pm – Beer Pairing Dinner with Great Divide Brewing @ Modis – 113 South Main Street  (Breckenridge)

Join Modis Breckenridge for a beer pairing dinner with Great Divide Brewing Company.

9pm –  Big Beers After Party featuring Bud Bronson and the Good Timers @ Coppertop Bar at Beaver Run – 620 Village Road (Breckenridge)

Cap off Big Beers weekend with Ratio Beerworks and Ska Brewing featuring a mind-melting, dance-your-face-off, party rock performance from Bud Bronson & The Good Timers.

Price: No entry fee. Full bar to purchase beers from Ratio & Ska, Plus 20% off Lyft rides to the venue with promo code: RATIOBASH

10pm – Dogfish Head Karaoke Takeover: Make Your Own Music @ The Gold Pan Saloon, 620 Village Road (Breckenridge)

Come hang with the Dogfish Head team and close down Big Beers weekend with some rockin’ karaoke! SWAG and coworkers on hand to answer questions, make music, and rock the mic! Bohemian Rhapsody, anyone?!? Enjoy 2016 World Wide Stout, Carobock, Olde School Barleywine, SeaQuench Ale, 120 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, Flesh & Blood IPA, and Puddin’ Wine.

Sunday, January 7

9am -Recover Brunch with River North Brewery @ The Gold Pan Saloon, 103 North Main Street, (Breckenridge)

Join the River North crew for a beer pairing brunch as you wind up Big Beers weekend!

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