The 20th anniversary Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is back in Breckenridge this week, from Thursday, January 9, to Saturday, January 11. Voted as one of USA Today’s 10Best Beer Festivals, the three-day celebration of craft beers offers events, education opportunities, tastings, parties and more. Many of the events will happen at the Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center at the new Falling Rock Tap House. Some of the festival highlights include brewmasters’ dinners, food and beer pairings, beer and brewing seminars and the very popular Commercial Tasting. At the Commercial Tasting 175 breweries present nearly 600 beers, some of which are only available at the festival.
Don’t miss the fun happening across town in celebration of Big Beers. Find the full schedule of events online. Various event tickets and passes for sale online, or you can avoid e-ticket fees by getting tickets at Basecamp Wine & Spirits, The Liquor Shed and Breckenridge Liquor (aka Skee Vue Liquor.)
Local restaurants and bars participate in the fun too. I've listed a few of the affiliate events around town, and you can find the full list here.
Big Beers Pinky's Out Tap Takeover Party
Kenosha Steakhouse, 301 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, (970) 453-7313
Tap Takeover 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; live music with the Velvet Jackets starting at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, January 10
Protect Our Winters Benefit
Rocky Mountain Underground, 114 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, (970) 771-2121
Benefit party with Avery, Boulevard, Dry Dock and Upslope. Raffles and prizes too. Starting at 6 p.m.
Breakthru Beers Kick-0ff Party
Breckenridge Pour House, 206 N. Main Street, Breckenridge, (970) 423-5101
Beers and live music starting at 8 p.m.
Great Divide and Marble Distilling Beer Cocktail Pairing
The Crown, 215 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, (970) 453-6022
Inventive cocktail creation session with Great Divide and Marble Distilling from 4 to 6 p.m.
Close-Out Party with Dogfish Head and Stone
The Gold Pan Saloon, 620 Village Road, Breckenridge, (970) 453-5499
Closeout the full weekend with drinks by Stone and Dogfish Head and DJ NME1 starting at 8 p.m.
Après Handcrafted Libations, 130 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, (970) 423-6700
After-party with special taps and benefitting SOS Outreach for at-risk youth. The fun starts at 7 p.m.