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2019 Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines External Events Roundup

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Throughout the years, the 2019 Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines festival has grown to extend beyond the walls of the Commercial Tasting event, much like what happens each year with GABF. Now the town of Breckenridge plays host to an assortment of tap takeovers, beer dinners, pairings and even concerts the week of Big Beers so we decided to help round-up everything happening outside of the festival itself. Be sure to also check out the 2019 Big Beers Pour List, which we shared earlier last week.

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Pre-Big Beers Primitive Evening
Where: Primitive Beer, 2025 Ionosphere St, Longmont, Colorado 80504
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 9, from 5-9pm
Cost: None
Details: Primitive Beer, Colorado’s first brewery focused solely on Koelschip inoculated barrel fermented beer will be open on a special night for those in town for Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines. Come tour the facility, enjoy beers, and grab a boxed beer to-go from founders Brandon and Lisa Boldt before heading up to Summit County.

SCUBA (Summit County United Brewers Alliance) Local Big Beers Kick-off Party
Where: Kenosha Steakhouse (upstairs), 301 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 from 9:00pm – midnight
Cost: No cover
Details: 20 local SCUBA beers to be on tap with music by the local band El Passo Lasso from 9-midnight.


Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Special Big Beers Tap Food Pairings + Fiction Meet & Greet
Where: Breckenridge Tap House, 105 N Main Street, Breckenridge CO
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10th, 2019. Pairings for lunch/dinner. Fiction Feature 4:00pm.
Cost: No cover
Details: Special Big Beers taps paired with some of the best food in the mountains! A variety of combinations that will tantalize your senses! Also at 4:00pm a meet & greet with Brewers from Fiction.


Outer Range & Friends Tap Takeover
Where: Après Handcrafted Libations, 130 S Main St, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10th, 5-9pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Enjoy special tappings from the following Colorado breweries Outer Range Brewing Co., Wiley Roots Brewing Company, Cerebral Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Brewery, WeldWerks Brewing, Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Cellar West Artisan Ales, Amalgam Brewing


Falling Rock Tap House at Big Beers
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10th, 6pm – Midnight
Where: Beaver Run Resort 3rd Floor by Hot Tubs
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Falling Rock has a curated list of craft cans available, acoustic guitar music each evening, and free tastings. Thursday night features River North Brewery and Boulevard Brewing.


4 Noses Tap Takeover and Collaboration Release
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10th, 6pm
Where: Gold Pan Saloon
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join Broomfield’s 4 Noses Brewing for a tap takeover at The Gold Pan Saloon as well as an exclusive release of Something French, a mixed culture Brett Ale barrel fermented with roussane grapes.


Epic vs Green Flash Beer Dinner
Where: Blue Stag Saloon, 323 S Main St, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10th, 6:30pm
Cost: $45 in advance, presale ends Jan 9th. $55 at the door.
Details: The Blue Stag Saloon is kicking off Big Beers with an amazing 5-course beer dinner created by Chef Ryan Caswell. Chef has created a unique menu then both Epic and Green Flash Breweries pick one beer to pair each course. And YOU get to choose who wins each round. Limited seating available, please call 970-453-2221 to reserve your spot today!


Calibration Dinner
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10th, 7:30pm
Where: Imperial Ballroom at Beaver Run Resort
Cost: No cover. $125 – Tickets Still Available Here
Details: Adam Avery will once again be joined by either Sam Calagione or Bryan Selders of Dogfish Head for a 5-course beer paired dinner led by Master of Ceremonies Jamie Bogner, Cofounder & Editorial Director of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine. 2019 Menu Available Here.


Brewers Trivia
Where: Rita’s, 301 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 8:00pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details:Who’s ready to test their craft beer knowledge? Telluride Brewing Co. & Ska Brewing will be hosting and are the top two contenders for this round of Brewers Trivia! The action starts around 8pm and there will be #BarTab prizes up for grabs! First, Second and Third place to be awarded.


Breakthru Beverage Kick-Off Party
Where: Kenosha Steakhouse, 301 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 at 9:00pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Breakthru Beverage kick off party. Music by Tropical Waffle with featured beers from Avery, Left Hand, Upslope, Odell, Stone, Odd 13, Great Divide, Merchant Du Vin, River North, Dogfish Head, Melvin, New Holland, Dry Dock, Steamworks, Ska & Boulevard.


Friday, January 11th, 2019

Burger and Beer with 4 Noses & Ratio Beerworks
Where: Flipside 320 S Main St, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019, All day
Cost: $10 for Burger & Select Beers
Details: Join 4 Noses Brewing & Ratio Beerworks for a $10 burger and beer special all day at Flipside in Breckenridge.


805 Poker Run
Where: Brooklyn’s Tavern, Kenosha Steakhouse, The Breckenridge Tap House, Copper Top Bar & Cafe, Base Nine, Blue Stag Saloon
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019, All day, Drawing at Brooklyn’s Tavern at 8:30pm
Cost: Free to Participate
Details: Buy an 805 at any of the above participating locations and get a playing card for your chance to win an 805 snowboard. Winning hand shown at 8:30pm at Brooklyn’s Tavern wins the snowboard.


Westbound & Down Big Beers Weekend Tappings
Where: Westbound & Down, 1617 Miner St, Idaho Springs, Colorado 80452
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019, – Sunday, January 13, 11am-10pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Stop into Westbound & Down Brewing Company on your way to or from Breckenridge! They will be tapping the following:

  • ABSENCE – bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout
  • Vanilla ABSENCE – bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
  • Coconut ABSENCE – bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with Toasted Coconut
  • 3rd Anniversary Cuvee – A blend of port barrel-aged General McArthur’s Scotch ale and bourbon barrel-aged English Barleywine

As a preview to their bottle release event at The Cultural Center on Friday January 18th, they will have a very limited amount of ABSENCE available to-go.


Broken Compass Welcome Event
Where: Broken Compass Brewery, 68 Continental Ct Unit B-12, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019, All day
Cost: 30% industry discount for folks in the brewing industry
Details: Enjoy barrel aged variants on our regular beers as well as some fun one-offs. Taste and compare variants to the standard for a fun sensory adventure.


Elite Brands Tap-Take-Over “Big Beers 2019”
Where: Kenosha Steakhouse, 301 S Main St, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 11:30am – 10pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Elite Brands presents a tap takeover at Kenosha Steakhouse featuring their portfolio of breweries: 21st Amendment Brewery 4 Noses Brewing Company Alpine Beer Company The Brooklyn Brewery Destihl Brewery Elevation Beer Company Epic Brewing Company Funkwerks Grand Teton Brewing Company Green Flash Brewing Co. Ommegang Paradox Beer Company Surly Brewing Company Telluride Brewing Co. Upland Brewing Company


Falling Rock Tap House at Big Beers
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 1pm-Midnight
Where: Beaver Run Resort 3rd Floor by Hot Tubs
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Falling Rock has a curated list of craft cans available, acoustic guitar music each evening, and free tastings. Friday features Outer Range, Sierra Nevada, Fremont and New Image Brewing.


Bruz Beers Special “Big Beers” Belgians Workshop
Where: Après Handcrafted Libations, 130 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time:  Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Cost: $30. Register at http://www.bruzbeers.com/workshops.
Details: The World of Belgian Beers: An overview and guided tasting of the 15 major categories of Belgian beers. During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to taste more than a dozen Belgian beer styles as you learn the history and characteristics of each


Two Roads Brewery Q&A featuring Under the Wire and Biere de Garde
WhereBreckenridge Tap House, 105 N Main Street, Breckenridge CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 3:00pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: An education and discussion on Under the Wire and Biere de Garde with Lizzy Edwards (Shpitalnik) from Two Roads Brewing Co.


Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 3pm-4:30pm
Where: Aurum Food & Wine
Cost: $75 – Tickets Still Available
Details: The two Brewmasters/Owner teams featured for this dinner are Travis Hixon of Blackberry Farm Brewery and Josh Grenz of Verboten Brewing Co. John Holl, Senior Editor of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine, will be your Master of Ceremonies.


Bourbon County Stout Tapping
Where: Base Nine (Beaver Run Resort), 620 Village Rd #2, Breckenridge, CO 80424
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 3:00-6:00pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: The Goose Island crew is up in Breckenridge for Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival January 10th-12th. They found a few kegs hiding in their cooler and decided they were some pretty “big beers” that should be shared with the people of Breckenridge. Come by and say hi to their Brewmaster Jared Jankoski, who will be there crushing some rare BCS liquid.

  • 2014 Bourbon County Stout Vanilla Rye
  • 2015 Bourbon County Stout Rare
  • Double Barrel Bourbon County Stout
  • Bourbon County Stout Templeton Rye

Special Big Beers Tap Food Pairings + CSA Brewer Meet & Greet
Where: Breckenridge Tap House, 105 N Main Street, Breckenridge CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019. Pairings for lunch/dinner. Fiction Feature at 4:00pm.
Cost: No cover. Beers and food à la carte.
Details: Enjoy Big Beer taps paired with some of the best food in the mountains! A variety of combinations that will tantalize your senses!  Also at 4:oopm, a meet & greet with Brewers from Fiction, Crooked Stave, Fremont, La Cumbre, Two Roads, and Alesong.


Big Beers & Food Pairing + WeldWerks Release
WhereBasecamp Wine and Spirits, 223 Lusher Ct. #1, Frisco, CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Cost: Free!
Details: Enjoy the following complimentary beer & food pairings with your Basecamp beer team: Roadhouse Brewing Avarice and Greed paired with smoked sausages; Jessup Farms Good Bugs Collab. Hurry Up and Wait with a cheese plate spread; Horse and Dragon Sad Panda and Slug with handmade chocolates from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Unity Vibration Bourbon and Peach Wild Kombucha Sour Ale with sourdough bread + kimchi dip. And – double bonus – jump on a WeldWerks release at the same time!


Beer Mixology – Featuring 4 Noses Brewing
WhereAprès Handcrafted Libations, 130 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 5:00pm
Cost: No cover. À la carte purchases.
Details: Special tap takeover featuring three 4 Noses beers; one will be a special variant only available at Après! During the event we will be featuring 3 new beer mixology cocktails using spirits from 3 Colorado distilleries: Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, Montanya, and Bear Creek Distillery. We will also be featuring corresponding shot and beer specials as well as flights. Take home an educational print out talking about the art of mixing beer and spirits, including the basics of each featured partner as well as recipes for beer mixology at home.


Hazy Beer 101 – 401 with Fiction Beer Co.
Where: Breckenridge Tap House, 105 N Main Street, Breckenridge CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 5:00pm
Cost: No cover. Beverages à la carte.
Details: Join the Brew Team from Fiction Beer Co. for an educational discussion of the Hazy style of Beer, the brewing process and unique characteristics.


Leave the Life Below Tap Takeover
Where: RMU Breck, 114 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 6:00pm
Cost: No cover. Beverages à la carte.
Details: Enjoy a tap takeover at RMU Breck featuring Outer Range, Side Project Brewing, Mikerphone Brewing, and Casey Brewing & Blending pouring the following.

Casey Brewing and Blending:

  • Apricot Casey Family Preserves,
  • Peach and Nectarine Casey Family Preserves
  • Raspberry Blackberry Cherry Funky Bender Preserves

Side Project Brewing:

  • Jammy Blend #2
  • Saison du Ble Blend #8

Mikerphone Brewing:

  • Barrel-Aged A Surprise Left (barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout)
  • Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit (Imperial Breakfast Stout with Coffee, Maple Syrup and Vanilla)
  • Flagpole Citra – Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Vanilla and Citra

Outer Range:

  • Cold Places, Warm Faces Imperial Stout made with Black Velvet Cake & Coffee
  • Echoes IPA
  • Pillow Stacks Double IPA
  • Madeleine Grissette

Low Gravity Beers; Lots to Know!
Where: The Gold Pan Saloon, 620 Village Road, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 6:00pm – ??
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join the brewers from Odell, Avery, Odd 13, Boulevard and Ska to discuss low gravity beers! Start with a hand out beer menu, Including the beers, that includes an in depth explanation of how initial gravity dictates final ABV and more.


Good Bugs Beer Release 
WhereAprès Handcrafted Libations, 130 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Friday January 11th, 2019 at 7:00pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Sample limited release Good Bugs collaboration beers and learn about unique fermentation processes and yeast cultures from brewers and industry experts. Take home an educational print out created by Jensen Cummings covering the unique fermentation methods and yeasts used in the Good Bugs collaboration beers. He and the brewers from Wiley Roots, OMF, Avery, Paradox, and Jessup Farm will be on hand during the event to help educate and inform guests. Freshcraft will be providing snack items as well.


Traditional Brewmaster’s Dinner
Where:  Quandary Grille
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 7pm
Cost: $125 – Tickets Still Available
Details: The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner highlighting our 2019 Featured Brewmasters, Dave Thibodeau of Ska Brewing, and Lasse Ericsson of Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri in Sweden. Your Master of Ceremonies will be Julia Herz of the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com. Join us for a second evening of double beer pairing fun with chefs Dan Hoyle and Adam Dulye!


The Art of Blending with Alesong
Where: Breckenridge Tap House, 105 N Main Street, Breckenridge CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 8:30pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join Matt Van Wyk with Alesong Brewing & Blending for an educational presentation and discussion on the art of blending, including methods, types & styles.


Late Night Frisco Funk Collective with Upslope, Stone & Left Hand
Where: The Blue Stag Saloon, 323 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 9:00pm – ??
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join the teams from Upslope, Stone and Left Hand for a tap takeover with music by the Frisco Funk Collective.


Dogfish Head & Randall-ing 
WhereAprès Handcrafted Libations, 130 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 9:00pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join the team from Dogfish Head for a tap takeover and Randall demonstration, including mix and mingle time with brewers and brand representatives. Take home an educational print out about what a Randall is and how it works as well as suggestions for how to infuse beers at home.


BSG Craft Brewing & Ratio Beerworks Presents: Blink 90210, A Free ’90s Cover Show at The Historic Brown
Where: The Historic Brown, 206 N. Ridge St., Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Friday, January 11th, 2019 at 10:00pm
Cost: No cover, no tickets required
Details: Ratio Beerworks & BSG Craftbrewing have teamed up to kick off ULLR Fest and the 2019 Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines weekend with a FREE ’90s cover band show at Breckenridge, Colorado’s Historic Brown. Come out and party down to a night of ’90s pop, and pop-punk covers from Blink 90210 and enjoy a tap takeover from Denver’s Ratio Beerworks. Show starts at 10:00pm ages 21+ are welcome.


Saturday, January 12th, 2019

3x Can Release Day
Where: Outer Range Brewing, 182 Lusher Ct., Unit #2, Frisco, Colorado 80443
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12th, Noon-11pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Outer Range is releasing 3 different beers in cans during Big Beers Fest weekend on Sat, 1/12 at noon in the ORB taproom. Here are the beers:

  • Shaded – Black IPA – Citra, Amarillo, 6.8%.
    40 cases available.
    $16/4pk
    Limit: 1 case/person
  • Echoes – IPA – Cashmere, Citra, Mosaic, 6.5%
    120 cases available.
    $16/4pk
    Limit: 1 case/person
  • Stuck in Powder – IPA – collab with Interboro NYC.
    Centennial, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Belma, 6.6%
    80 cases available.
    $16/4pk
    Limit: 1 case/person

Falling Rock Tap House at Big Beers
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12th, 6pm-Midnight
Where: Beaver Run Resort 3rd Floor by Hot Tubs
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Falling Rock has a curated list of craft cans available, acoustic guitar music each evening, and free tastings


Special Big Beers Tap Food Pairings + CSA Brewer Meet & Greet
WhereBreckenridge Tap House, 105 N Main Street, Breckenridge CO
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12th, 2019. Pairings lunch/dinner. Meet and greet from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, and 9:00pm – 11:00pm.
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Stop by for afternoon and evening meet & greets with brewers from Fiction, Crooked Stave, Fremont, La Cumbre, Two Roads, Alesong. Enjoy terrific food pairings with some of the special Big Beers on tap.


Après SOS Outreach Fundraiser
Where: Après Handcrafted Libations, 130 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: January 12th, 2019 from 7:00pm – ??
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte. All proceeds from the donated kegs go to SOS Outreach.
Details: After party and tap takeover benefiting SOS Outreach! CSA will have six beers on tap that night. Proceeds from the Crooked Stave, Skull Mechanix, and Two Roads kegs will be donated to SOS Outreach. Three other specialty CSA Breweries will also be on tap.


Dry Dock Brewing Tap Takeover
Where: Northside Pizza, 315 N Main St Breckenridge, Colorado 80424
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12th, 2019. 7pm
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join Denver’s Dry Dock Brewing for a tap takeover featuring Apricot Blonde, Vanilla Porter, Grapefruit Double IPA and Barrel Aged Double Apricot


After Party with New Holland & Boulevard
Where: The Blue Stag Saloon, 323 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12th, 2019 from 8:00pm – ??
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join the teams from New Holland and Boulevard for a tap take over with music by The O’Conner Brothers band.


80s Ski Party After Party
Where: Rocky Mountain Underground, 114 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12th, 2019 from 8:00pm – ??
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join the teams from Epic, 4 Noses & Elevation for a rockin’ 80s ski party following the Commercial Tasting!


After Party with Stone, Dogfish Head and DJ NME1
Where: The Gold Pan Saloon, 620 Village Road, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12th, 2019 from 9:00pm – ??
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join the teams from Stone and Dogfish Head for a tap takeover + after party with music by DJ NME1.


The Nuns of Brixton with Ska
Where: Beaver Run Coppertop Bar, 620 Village Road, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Saturday, January 12th, 2019 from 9:00pm – ??
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Join the Ska Brewing Company team for a show with the Nuns of Brixton!


Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Special Big Beers Tap Food Pairings + Weekend Wrap up
Where: Breckenridge Tap House, 105 N Main Street, Breckenridge CO
Date and Time: Sunday, January 13th, 2019. Lunch/dinner.
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Enjoy delicious food pairings with select Big Beers features on tap as well as specials and leftover swag from our featured brewers!


Epic Brewing Big Beers Hangover Brunch
Where: Gold Pan Saloon
Date and Time: Sunday, January 13th, 2019. 9am-11:30am
Cost: No cover. Beers à la carte.
Details: Enjoy a hangover brunch with Epic Brewing featuring Los Locos Micheladas, RiNo APA Brewmosas, and Son of a Baptist Imperial Coffee Stout.


Colorado Craft Hangover Brunch – Benefiting High County Conservation Center 
WhereAprès Handcrafted Libations, 130 South Main Street, Breckenridge, CO
Date and Time: Sunday January 13th, 2019 from 11:00am -1:00pm
Cost: No cover. Features à la carte.
Details: Colorado Craft Distributing tap takeover featuring some of the best craft focused brands in the state. Featuring specialty Bloody Mary’s handcrafted using Treeline Bloody Mary mixes & delicious donuts. 10% of the sales from our featured menu will be donated to the High County Conservation Center.

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