Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival

The Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival, held annually in the Colorado Rocky Mountain ski town of Breckenridge, will celebrate its Nineteenth Anniversary Weekend January 10 – 12, 2019. A full weekend of activities featuring outstanding brewers and exceptional beers. The Big Beers Festival has earned numerous accolades including a top ten finish in the USA Today 10 Best Beer Festivals contest for two years running. 

All the way from Telluride, Telluride Brewing brings the areas best flavors.

Delicious double-beer pairing dining events showcasing masterful culinary talent are often the hottest tickets, selling out in seconds every year. Held at various locations throughout Breckenridge, including Beaver Run Resort as event home base for the weekend, these unique experiences offer insight from both Brewmasters and Chefs with regard to flavor creation and combinations. Featuring longstanding Big Beers veterans Avery and Dogfish Head breweries as well as relative newbies like Blackberry Farm, these dinners are not to be missed. 

“Our goal is to offer something for everyone, from the professional brewer and advanced home brewer to the attendee who is exploring beer for the first time,” says Executive Director, Laura Lodge.

Educational Seminars are offered throughout the weekend, showcasing the talent of both brewers and industry experts on a wide variety of topics. “Our goal is to offer something for everyone, from the professional brewer and advanced homebrewer to the attendee who is exploring beer for the first time,” says Executive Director, Laura Lodge. The 2019 schedule makes this clear, offering a sensory exploration with Dr. Nicole Garneau of DraughtLabs, LLC that will teach you “how to taste like a scientist, savor like an artist, and kick back without judgement” alongside “Yeast Health and Viability in High Gravity and Sour Beers” offered by John Giarratano of Inland Island Yeast Co. and his panel of brewers. 

Having a Cigar crafted in front of your very eyes makes you realize it is an art form.

By far the largest event, the Commercial Tasting, anchors Big Beers Weekend on Saturday afternoon. Spread over two floors of the Beaver Run Conference Center, participants and attendees have the opportunity to sample over 500 big (7% abv or more), Belgian in style, and experimental beers throughout the afternoon. Poured primarily by the brewery owners and brewmasters themselves, these beers are distinguished by their quality, rarity, and/or innovation, causing aficionados from around the country to seek out this tiny festival in the mountains of Colorado. 

Tickets will be sold on the Big Beers website, alongside additional information about the 2019 schedule of events, location, lodging, discounted lift tickets and more.

www.BigBeersFestival.com

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