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Brewery Spotlight: Backcountry Brewery, Frisco, CO

A few months back, we did a little bit of “Beer Trippin'” up into the High Country and visited some great, great breweries along the I-70 corridor.  Along the way, we stopped at Backcountry Brewery in Frisco, CO.  Click HERE for the original post.

I had been itching to get back to Backcountry ever since and finally had the chance a few weeks ago. Before heading up, I got in touch with Backcountry’s Head Brewer, Alan Simons, who was kind enough to give us a behind the scenes tour, share some cellared treasures and let us look into Backcountry’s upcoming expansion.

When we arrived at the brewery, Alan was wrapping up from a long day of brewing.  We grabbed a table at the bar and hunkered down for what I still think is the Best Happy Hour in the Breckenridge area.  No doubt.  1/2 price appetizers and $2.50 beers.  Repeat $2.50 beers!  And just check out the view!

Alan had just finished brewing a batch of his delicious Breakfast Stout, which should be ready just in time for the Great American Beer Festival.  Once Alan wrapped up the glamorous job of washing and polishing the brewhouse, he took us down to the lower level to walk through the brewhouse and check out his office.

Backcountry has really maximized their small space with floor to ceiling stainless steel.

Serving vessels, kegs and party pigs line the cooler walls.

There’s even a little space for some barrel-aging experimentation.  We might even see some more barrels with the new space on the way!

The upcoming expansion will give Backcountry more room to play.  It will also allow them to extend their range of distribution.  Each circle on the floor represents space for a new fermentation tank.

I hope we see bombers of these bad boys in the Denver area sooner than later.

After the brewhouse tour, Alan pulled up a chair with us at the bar and shared some treats from the cellar.

On the left is a barrel-aged American Barleywine.  This was a beautiful beer that was rich and complex.  On the right is a Sour Saison.  Both were awesome.  Really awesome.  We also tried the Weizenbock, Black IPA, IPA, Imperial Saison and Porter.

Alan’s certainly working hard to ensure Backcountry brings high quality, well crafted beers to little ol’ Frisco, CO.  With a large tourist crowd coming through the brewery all year-long, he’s doing a great job of satisfying both novice beer drinkers, while still creating complex, upper-end beers that are sure to please the hard-core beer geeks.

I look forward to watching Backcountry’s upcoming growth and expansion.  Take a trip up and see for yourself.  In addition to a bar overlooking Dillon Reservoir, there’s also a full dining room and a lounge area, complete with big, comfy couches and a fireplace.

The Breakfast Stout alone is worthy of a drive up for a snifter.  Winter’s right around the corner and those roasted coffee notes are sure to pair well with those chilly nights.  Their Happy Hour is second to none and the knowledgable staff is happy to give you a personal recommendation or offer a beer pairing with your food.

Seriously, what are you waiting for?  Backcountry Brewery is located at: 720 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443.  970-668-2337.



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