Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival 2016

We are so excited for this event and you should be too, get ready for the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival October 21-23, 2015. This is such fun festival filled with a weekend of tasting, tours, restaurant deals and more. The event has grown and there even more amazing activities to participate in and explore. Here is the 411:

2016 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Schedule



The Women of Distilling Workshop

Join Moderator Amanda Faison, food editor of 5280 Magazine, and her panel to see what these talented and creative women are doing in the distilling industry- 4-5 pm at Napper Tandys (upstairs in the Salt Creek Steakhouse). Panelists include: Karen Hotchkiss (Owner of Montanya Distillery), Kyla Ostler (Brand Ambassador for Montanya), Amy Eckstein (Owner of Deerhammer Distillery), Billie Keithly (Liquid Chef of Breckenridge Distillery), Tara Curry (Sales for 291 Distillery) and  Katie Jandera (Marketing for RNDC).  No charge.

Shot Glass Decorating

Create your own personalized shot glasses! 6-8 pm at the Ceramic Studio, 125 S. Ridge Street in the Breckenridge Arts District. You are invited to personalize your own pre-made shot glass using our colorful glazes. Your creation will be fired that night and ready for pick up on Saturday, October 22nd during open studio hours from 5-8 pm. $5, includes all materials, first to come, first to get creative! Questions- call 970-453-3364 or visit

Tombstone Tour at Twilight

Tour Breckenridge’s historic Cemetery. $15 Adults, $10 Kids ages 4-12. Kids 3 and under free. Tour begins at 5 pm. Reservations: 970-453-9767  x 2

Preston Ghost Town & Gold Mine Tour

10 am, $30 for adults, $10 for kids ages 4-12, free for kids ages 3 & under (lunch included). Make reservations by Thursday evening- weather dependent.

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Behind Swinging Doors Historic Saloon Tour

This walking tour highlights the historic brewing, distilling and saloon features of Breckenridge’s mining heritage, hosted by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, departs the Breckenridge Welcome Center in the Blue River Plaza at 5 pm. Must be 21 or older. $15  Reservations: 970-453-9767 x 2

Seventh Annual Poker Run & Bar Mix-Off

5 pm – close. Featuring the saloons, restaurants, and taverns of Breckenridge, contestants will depart on self-guided tours of the various establishments. Contestants will draw playing cards at their stops and then present their best 5-card hand the following day at the Poker Showdown to be held at the Still on the Hill Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 22nd, Riverwalk Center, 4–7 pm (turn your card in by 6:15pm to the ticket desk). Bar Mix-off– Sampling of Breck bartenders’ creativity, featuring a cocktail throwdown among local mixologists, utilizing craft spirits as their base. No need to sign up for either of these elements. Participating restaurants/bars: Apres Handcrafted Libations, Breckenridge Distillery Tasting Room, Briar Rose Chophouse, Burke and Riley’s Irish Pub,  The Canteen, CB. & Potts Restaurant and Tavern, Downstairs at Eric’s, The Dredge, Empire Burger, Fatty’s Pizzeria, Giampietro, Gold Pan Saloon, Hearthstone, Jake’s, Kenosha/Rita’s, Mi Casa, Michael’s Italian Restaurant, Modis, Ollie’s Pub, Park & Main, Relish, Salt Creek Steakhouse,  Spencer’s in Beaver Run and Twist.




French Gulch Snowshoe Hike

10 am, $20 for adults, $15 for kids ages 4-12. Make reservations by Friday evening- weather dependent.

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Breckenridge Historic Walking Tour

11 am & 1:30 pm Breckenridge Welcome Center

Discover the treasures of Breckenridge’s National Historic District. $10 per person.

Spirited Cooking at Colorado Mtn. College

12- 2 pm. Join chefs Ian Buchanan and Doug Schwartz for a hands-on cooking class featuring spirits. How to make a beverage edible? Enjoy the lesson and three-course lunch. Hosted in the teaching kitchen at Colorado Mountain College on Airport Road. Head on over to the Distillery Open House afterwards- the shuttle can take you or it is walking distance. $50 per person. Preregistration required. Limited seats available.

Cooking class sign up 


Breckenridge Distillery Open House

1-3 pm at their expanded Airport Road Distillery. Take the Yellow route of the Breckenridge Free Ride bus system or take Summit Express from the Riverwalk Center. Leave your car behind – don’t drink and drive!  Cars can stay in the Riverwalk Center parking lot over night.


Still on the Hill Grand Tasting

Riverwalk Center, 4-7 pm. The premier craft spirits tasting in Colorado- it is just a blast!  36 of the finest distillers share their talents. Fun times, artisan snacks and the finest spirits! Acoustic music by the Honey Gitters. People’s choice voting for distillers. You must be 21 years old to enter. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Breckenridge Restaurant Association Scholarship Fund.



Breckenridge Haunted Tour

7:30 pm. Join us to discover the haunted sites of historic Breckenridge. $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 4-12.

Free for kids ages 3 & under. 970-453-9767 x 2

Gold Pan Saloon After Party

9 pm – 2 am  no charge Let the party continue!  Featuring awesome, galactic bluegrass by the Honey Gitters. Gold Pan Saloon, 103 N. Main St.




Hangover Brunch

Various restaurants around town will be featuring craft-spirit cocktails and brunch menus with many football viewing options. Relax and soak up the vibe around town. Participating bars/restaurants: Breckenridge Brewery, Burke & Riley’s, Downstairs at Eric’s, Fatty’s, Gold Pan, Jake’s, La Francaise, Mi Casa, Modis, Motherloaded, Ollie’s Pub, Salt Creek Steakhouse.

Breckenridge Historic Walking Tour

Discover the treasures of Breckenridge’s National Historic District. Welcome Center, 11 am and 1:30 pm. $10 per person.

The Art of Tasting Spirits Workshop

Learn how to distinguish flavors and enliven your palate to the wondrous subtleties present in today’s spirits. Learn from this panel of experts. 11am- noon at Mi Casa. No charge



Barney Ford Victorian Home

Corner of Main St. & Washington Ave. 11 am- 3 pm. Free!

Edwin Carter Discovery Center

Corner of Ridge St. & Washington Ave. 11 am- 3pm. Free!
Summit Ski Exhibit

Breckenridge Dining Passport

When you’re hungry, be sure to pick up a Breckenridge Dining Passport and take advantage of promotions being offered by our restaurant community! Available at the Welcome Center and Participating Restaurants. $10
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