No Denver holiday season would be complete without heading west to take in the winter wonderland at our doorstep-the high Colorado Rockies.The storybook small town of Frisco lured us with their yearly Wassail Days event on a Main Street complete with log cabins, pine-bough wrapped light posts and easy-going charm. While in town, we found the perfect spot for today’s cheery brew to celebrate the season, Backcountry Brewery.
Bartendress Kelly cheerfully welcomed us with her big smile and happily shared the story of Backcountry. Turns out 2016 is the 20th anniversary of Frisco’s first craft brewery, and to celebrate this and their 1,500th batch, they brewed their popular Breakfast Stout, a malty brew spiked with coffee from local roaster, Rocky Mountain Roasters. We also sampled their Dopplebock which they describe as “semi-sweet with hints of of caramel and chocolate with very little to ‘no’ hop flavor.” I’d described it as delicious and quite easy drinking given a strong 7.8% ABV, with a fun and foamy cappuccino-like head.
For our quest, Kelly suggested the Belgium Quad, a seasonal “saintly brew to fight the cold” described on the menu as “inspired by Trappist Monks. Brewed with blackberries and aged on brandy staves. Intensely flavored,” with an ABV 11.2% so it is served in a snifter; ideal for relaxed sippin’ next to the fire, or looking out the windows at the festive holiday lights on Main, or Lake Dillon during the day.
Happy Hour Specials: $3 pints 3-6 pm daily except Sunday when HH runs all day! Note that the strong brews in snifters have a surcharge: HH prices for the Quad we sipped was $3 + $2.25 surcharge; Doppelbock, $3 + $1.25.
Backcountry offers many other brews and is also a full service casual restaurant serving pizzas and other hearty fare. A parking lot in back makes this an easy spot to access and enjoy. Escape the big city for a laid back stroll down Main Street, or maybe a slide down Frisco’s giant tubing hill, then warm up after with a tasty Backcountry brew!
Thanks to Kelly for having a giggle with us and the tipsy elves, helping us celebrate the seasons – cheers!
Other nearby Summit County breweries to explore include:
Breckenridge Brewery in (yup, you guessed it!) Breckenridge, the original brewery in its home town, just up valley from Frisco.