It still may feel like summer, but it’s time to start thinking about Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines. It ranks among the top 2-3 beer festivals in our opinion and now that the festival relocated to Breckenridge, travel and lodging is much easier than it has been in Vail. Check our our coverage from past years here.
Here’s the press release announcing all the juicy details about the eighteenth iteration of Big Beers.
Breckenridge, CO – Excited for ski season? The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is gearing up for its eighteenth anniversary weekend, January 4 – 6 at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, and tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 6 at 10am MST. Held in high regard by brewers and passionate fans, the festival garnered a top 10 spot in the 2017 USA Today 10Best Beer Festivals reader’s poll. To purchase tickets, go to www.BigBeersFestival.com.
Veterans of the Big Beers Festival know they must be quick to score Calibration Dinner seats for the custom double beer pairing menu created around Avery and Dogfish Head beers, and to be entertained with stories shared by the brewers and owners themselves. For Big Beers 2018, Adam Avery, Founder of Avery Brewing in Boulder, will be sharing the stage with Bryan Selders of Dogfish Head, former head brewer and now ‘Brewing Ambassador’ for their new Rehoboth Beach brewpub.
The Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing event on Friday afternoon and the Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner on Friday night also sell out in minutes – if not seconds. Jeremy Tofte of Melvin Brewing Co. and James Howat of Black Project Brewing Co. will be rocking out the Small Plates Pairing this year, and the 2018 Big Beers Featured Brewmasters will be headlining the Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner.
Held in Vail for 16 years, the Big Beers Festival relocated to Breckenridge in 2017 to an enthusiastic town with an exciting Rocky Mountain craft beer scene. “Beaver Run Resort and the Breckenridge Tourism Office played a key role in our relocation,” said Laura Lodge, event coordinator. “And the number of local business who are excited to support our event and participate throughout the weekend has been amazing.”
The variety of craft beer themed events held throughout Big Beers weekend is impressive. From the Cigar Pairing Experience to beers paired with Yoga poses, and from the Homebrew Competition to the Commercial Tasting, a total of 13 Educational Seminars, 4 food pairing dining experiences, and a myriad of other events appeal to a diverse group of attendees. Novice to homebrewer or passionate aficionado, there is something for everyone. The kaleidoscope of industry celebrities trekking out to the winter wonderland of Colorado is just the icing on the cake.
The Big Beers Educational Foundation is a Colorado not for profit 501(c)(6) organization, created for the purpose of providing education for and about the craft beer industry. The Big Beers Festival also works with and includes local non-profits throughout its weekend programming efforts to benefit the Summit County and Breckenridge area. For more information about the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival, go to www.BigBeersFestival.com.
The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is the perfect combination for a Winter Wonderland getaway: A world-class beer festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains! Meet renowned brewmasters and brewery owners, taste hundreds of big, Belgian style, and experimental beers, explore beer & food pairings, and learn from an impressive array of brewmasters and industry experts over an action-packed three day weekend. As a novice, an aficionado, or an advanced homebrewer, you can enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to discuss beer with the amazing people who make it happen. Visit www.bigbeersfestival.com to learn more about this little festival in the mountains that the beer industry holds in such high esteem.
Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center is located at the base of peak 9 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Beaver Run is a full service, year round resort featuring slope-side condominium style lodging, multiple on-site bars and restaurants as well the largest conference center in Breckenridge, Colorado. Visit http://www.beaverrun.com/ for more information.
The Breckenridge Tourism Office is the destination marketing organization for the Town of Breckenridge. Visit GoBreck.com for activity and event information or connect @GoBreck on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest photos and updates.