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Beer from the Backcountry Brewery

Beer from the Backcountry Brewery

The Beer at Backcountry is born out of over 30 combined years of brewing experience. It has been recognized four times by the prestigious Great American Beer Festival. The GABF is widely regarded in the beer world as the most important beer event of the year. A GABF medal is recognized world wide as a symbol of brewing excellence.

To find out where you can buy Backcountry Brewery Beers,
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“Wheeler” Wheat

Wheeler Wheat is a light and refreshing beer to quench your thirst after a hard day of adventure seeking. An American-style wheat beer with just a hint of orange peel and coriander, enjoy it with a slice of fruit if you like, we recommend a slice of orange!

Original Gravity – 11.5° plato Alcohol by volume – 4.6% Bitterness – 18 IBU’s SRM – 3.5

“Ptarmigan” Pilsner

Year 2004 Silver Medal winner G.A.B.F

Ptarmigan Pilsner our GABF Silver Medal Winner is A traditional European Style Pilsner with a light hop aroma, smooth malt flavor and a distinctively clean finish.

Original Gravity – 11.5° plato Alcohol by volume – 4.7% Bitterness – 42 IBU’s SRM – 3.1

“Telemark” I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) – Year 2000 Gold Medal Winner

G.A.B.F**

Telemark India Pale Ale Our GABF Gold Medal Winner has a very characteristic copper color from a blend of lightly kilned malts coupled with distinctive bitterness and flavor from Washington state‘s finest hops. This brew is a true Representation of a British Classic!

Original Gravity – 14° plato Alcohol by volume – 5.6% Bitterness – 60 IBU’s SRM – 10.8

“Switchback” Amber – Year 2003 Silver Medal Colorado State Fair

Switchback Amber is reminiscent of a German Oktoberfest-Style brew with a deep copper color, smooth malty flavor and pleasantly noble hop aroma and bitterness from German hops. Prost!

Original Gravity – 13.5° plato Alcohol by volume – 5.38% Bitterness – 28 IBU’s SRM – 16.0

“Peak One” Robust Porter

Peak One Porter is a complex recipe utilizing 6 Malts, and 2 varieties of hops to create a dark, creamy and most importantly, balanced flavored “Robust Porter”. A local favorite!

Original Gravity – 145 plato Alcohol by volume – 6.00% Bitterness – 35 IBU’s SRM – 70.62

Seasonal Brews On Tap May bock Lager

Malty & sweet with a deceptively high alcohol content of 6.5%. With the background of noble hop spiciness, Maybock german lager is Backcountry brewery’s 2009 silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, Putting our Maybock in an elite category of Beers nation wide. The german spelling is Maibock, a traditional beer in Bavaria that celebrates the coming of spring and planting of the harvest.!

All beers are brewed just down the street at the Backcountry Brewpub and Pizzeria.

** GABF is the Great American Beer Festival. It is the largest beer judging and tasting of its kind in the world.

Beer From the Back Country Brewery

The Beer at Backcountry is born out of over 30 combined years of brewing experience. We have been recognized six times by the prestigious Great American Beer Festival. GABF is widely regarded as the most important beer event of the year; a GABF medal is recognized world-wide as a symbol of brewing excellence. We have also won numerous awards at the Colorado State Fair, an international competition

Want to get our Award Winning Beers, but can’t get to Frisco. Click Here to see locations that have our beer!

1998 GABF** National Competition – Bronze Medal May Bock
2000 GABF** National Competition – Gold Medal Telemark IPA
2004 GABF** National Competition – Silver  Medal Ptarmigan Pilsner
2005 GABF** National Competition – Gold Medal Colorado Trail Ale
2009 GABF** National Competition – Silver Medal May Bock
2011 GABF** National Competition – Silver Medal Saison
2011 Colorado State International Competition – Silver Medal Switchback Amber
Silver Medal Imperial Saison
2012 Colorado State International Competition – India Black Ale; Silver Medal, Amber; Silver Medal, Pale Ale; Silver Medal, Porter; Silver Medal, Pilsner; Bronze Medal, Imperial Saison; Silver Medal
2013 Colorado State International Competition – Amber; Bronze Medal, Pilsner; Bronze Medal
2014 North American Brewers Association – Beard Envy Rye Brown; Silver Medal

Wheat

Formerly known as “Wheeler Wheat,” it is a light and refreshing beer to quench your thirst after a hard day of adventure seeking. An American-style wheat beer with just a hint of orange peel and coriander. Enjoy it with a slice of fruit if you like, just don’t let the brewmaster see you!

Original Gravity: 11.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 4.6% / Bitterness: 18 IBU’s / SRM: 3.5

Pilsner

2004 Silver Medal Winner G.A.B.F.**

Formerly “Ptarmigan Pilsner,” it is a GABF Silver Medal Winner. A traditional European Style Pilsner with a light hop aroma, smooth malt flavor and a distinctively clean finish.

Original Gravity: 11.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 4.7% / Bitterness: 42 IBU’s / SRM: 3.1

Pale Ale

2000 Gold Medal Winner G.A.B.F.**

Formerly known as Telemark IPA. Our GABF Gold Medal Winner has a very characteristic copper color from a blend of lightly kilned malts coupled with distinctive bitterness and flavor from Washington state‘s finest hops. This brew is a true Representation of a British Classic! We’ve changed the classification from an IPA to a Pale Ale because of the evolving hop profiles. When this recipe was origianlly created in 1996, it was an IPA, but now fits better in the Pale Ale category. The name has changed, but it is still the same great beer.

Original Gravity: 14° plato / Alcohol by volume: 5.6% / Bitterness: 60 IBU’s / SRM: 10.8

Amber

2011-12 Silver Medal Colorado State Fair, 2013 Bronze Medal Colorado State Fair

Formerly known as “Switchback Amber,” it is reminiscent of a German Oktoberfest-Style brew with a deep copper color, smooth malty flavor and pleasantly noble hop aroma and bitterness from German hops. Prost!

Original Gravity: 13.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 5.38% / Bitterness: 28 IBU’s / SRM: 16

Porter

2012 Silver Medal Colorado State Fair

Formerly known as “Peak One Porter,” it is a complex recipe utilizing 6 Malts, and 2 varieties of hops to create a dark, creamy and most importantly, balanced flavored “Robust Porter”. A local favorite!

Original Gravity: 14.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 6% / Bitterness: 35 IBU’s / SRM: 71

Seasonal Brews On Tap

Berliner Weisse

Berliner Weisses are light, slightly sour German style wheat ales. When Napoleon’s troops occupied Germany, they called them “Champagne of The North,” but some Germans call them the workers’ sparkling wine. This beer is the perfect refresher for a warm summer day.

We used 50% wheat and 50% barley to make this beer. The sourness comes from a partial fermentation with lactobacillus bacteria. We then finish fermentation with our house ale yeast. You can expect a lemony aroma and tartness from this beer and a touch of wheatiness in the background. It truly is sparkling lemonade. It is unfiltered, so it will be slightly cloudy.

Alcohol by volume: 3.9% / Bitterness: 7 IBU’s / SRM: 4

Dopplebock

This is a strong German Lager; deep amber to light brown in color with ruby highlights. Our Dopplebock is a malt-forward beer that is smooth and deceptively strong. Expect bready and nutty flavors with a hint of raisins in the background. The sweetness is nicely balanced by German Noble hops that provide a touch of spice.

Alcohol by volume: 7.5 % / SRM: 30 / Bitterness: 35 IBUs

Dubbel

Dubbel’s are rich malty beers that are traditionally brewed by Monks to provide revenue for their Monasteries. Today, these breweries are called Trappist breweries and there are only 7 in the world that are allowed to label their beer as such.

We used the beers from these Monasteries as inspiration for our Dubbel. In fact, we borrowed a yeast strain from one of them. You can expect notes of cherry, raisin, and plum (from the malted barley) and those flavors are nicely balanced by a unique spiciness from the yeast.

 We like to think the Monks would be proud. Proost, Sante, Prost! Alcohol by volume: 7.3% / Bitterness: 22 IBU’s / SRM: 22

Breakfast Stout

Breakfast Stout is a milk stout (we put lactose in the boil) in which we put locally roasted Guatemalan and Costa Rican coffees. The coffee is roasted at Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters on Main Street.The beer is full bodies and has a milky and caramel sweetness followed by a mild roast from roasted barley and the coffee.

Original Gravity: 13.7° plato / Alcohol by volume: 4.4% / Bitterness: 30 IBU’s / SRM: 10

Double I.P.A.

We use generous late-addition hops along with a carefully crafted malt bill to create this Double IPA that is nicely balanced. Expect big notes of Citrus, Mango, Peach, and Grapefruit; all these flavors and aromas come from the hops. This beer is unfiltered, so it will be a little cloudy at first. It should clear up with time.

Alcohol by volume: 8.5% / Bitterness: 85 IBU’s

** GABF is the Great American Beer Festival. It is the largest beer judging and tasting of its kind in the world.

Bars & Restaurants serving Backcountry Beer

Avon
Ritz Carlton
Black Hawk
Monarch Casino – Amber
Blackhawk Station – Porter
Mardi Gras / Golden Gate Casino – Amber

Boulder
Backcountry Pizza – rotating

Breckenridge
Angel’s Hollow – Amber
Blue River Bistro – Amber
Downstairs at Eric’s – Pale Ale
Double Tree Hotel / Kitchen 9600-  Pale Ale & Porter
The Maggie – Wheat
Northside Pizza – Amber or Specialty
Ollies Pub and Grub – Amber
Park Ave Pub – Amber
The Living Room/One Ski Hill Place – Amber, Pale Ale
The Warming Hut – Porter (bottles)

Buena Vista
Lariat Bar & Grill – Pale Ale

Colorado Springs
El Rincon -Rotating
Front Range Barbeque – DIPA, Breakfast Stout
Green Man Taps – rotating
Urban Steam Coffee Bar
Conifer
Colorado’s Best Beers – Pale Ale
Brook’s Place Tavern – Porter (bottles)
JJ Madwell – Amber
Castle Rock
Crowbar – Rotating
Maddie’s Biergarten – Rotating
Tricocci’s – Porter (bottles)
Copper Mountain

JJ’s – Amber
Alpinista – Amber, Pale Ale, and Porter or Specialty

Denver Area
Angel’s Share Wine Pub (Littleton) – Porter (bottles)
Amato’s Ale House (Highland)
Bear Valley Wine and Liquor (Littleton)
Bocadillo – Pale Ale (bottles)
Brother’s Bar & Grill (Lone Tree) – rotating
Cedar Creek Pub
Christie’s of Genesee – Amber
Clavin’s Bar & Grill (Parker) – Wheat
Colorado Plus Brew Pub (Wheat Ridge)
Clock Tower Grill – Pale Ale
Colt & Gray – Pilsner
Corner Office – rotating
Crave Real Burgers – Amber (bottles)
Euclid Hall – LODO – rotating
Falling Rock Tap House – LODO – rotating
The Federal Bar and Grill
Freshcraft – LODO rotating
Harman’s – Porter (bottles)
High Plains Taphouse Littleton – rotating
Hops & Pie – DIPA, Breakfast Stout, Berliner Weisse, Imperial Saison
Hotel Teatro – Pale Ale
Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant – Pale Ale
Grand Hyatt – Amber bottles
The Fort – Pilsner (bottles)
Lowry Beer Garden – rotating
The Manor House – Pale Ale (bottles)
Norad Dance Bar – Amber, Pilsner, Porter (bottles)
North (Cherry Creek) – Amber (bottles)
Reiver’s Bar & Grill – Pilsner (bottles)
Root 25 (Hyatt DTC) – Pilsner
Sarto’s (Denver) – rotating
Springhill Suites
Stapleton Tap House – rotating
Star Bar – rotating
Staybridge Suites Stapleton
Sub Culture Capitol Hill
Tellers Applewood
Tequilla Joes Mexican Kitchen – Pale Ale
Table Mountain Inn – Pale Ale (bottles)
Table Top (Park Hill)
Trillium – Amber or Specialty
Wind Crest – Amber (bottles)
World Of Beer Cherry Creek – rotating
World of Beer Belmar – rotating
Oblio’s Cap Hill Tavern Capitol Hill – rotating
Old Chicago Colorado Blvd – rotating
Old Chicago Lakewood
Old Chicago Lakewood Union Blvd
Old Santa Fe Mexican Grill – Pale Ale
Thump Coffee Capitol Hill Roastery – Porter

Edwards
Woody’s Bar & Grill – Pilsner & Porter (bottles)
Gashouse – Porter (bottles)

Estes Park
Wapiti Pub – Rotating Tap; Pale Ale, Pils, and Porter (bottles)
Village Pizza – Pale Ale & Wheat (bottles)
Rock Inn – Rotating
Poppy’s Pizza – rotating
Smokin Daves BBQ and Taphouse

Evergreen
Brook Forest Inn – Pale Ale
Little Bear – Pale Ale, Porter
Muddy Buck – Pale Ale (bottles)
One World Café – Pale Ale
The WoodCellar – Pale Ale
Stagecoach Sports Grill – Porter

Frisco
Backcountry Brewery – All styles brewed fresh at the source!
Blue Spruce Inn – All Styles

Georgetown
Euro Grill – Pilsner
Lucha – Pale Ale (bottles)
Mother’s Saloon – Pale Ale (bottles)

Greeley
Mad Cow
Glenwood Springs
The Pullman
Smoke Modern BBQ

Golden
Barrels & Bottles Brewery – rotating

Fort Collins
Black Bottle Brewery – Rotating
Black Market Tavern – Pale Ale (bottles)
Celestinos – Pale Ale (bottles)
Matador Mexican Grill – Pale Ale (bottles)
Mayor of Old Town – Rotating
Tap and Handle – Breakfast Stout
Uncles Pizzeria

Idaho Springs

Smokin’ Yards BBQ – Pale Ale
Flipper McGill’s – Pale (bottles)
Picci’s Pizza – Amber (bottles)
The Tributary at 244 – Pale Ale

Keystone

The Goat Soup & Whiskey – Amber
Pizza on the Plaza – Pale Ale and Pilsner
Pizza on the Run – Pale Ale & seasonal

Larkspur
Crooked Willow Farms – Pale Ale (bottles)
Spur of the Moment – Amber

Bear Dance Golf Course – Pale Ale (bottles)
Perry Park Country Club – Pale Ale

Louisville
Lulu’s BBQ – rotating

Loveland
Old Chicago
Wapiti Colorado Pub
Lyons
Smokin Daves BBQ and Taphouse

Nederland
Pioneer Inn – Pale Ale (bottles)
Whistler’s Cafe – Pale Ale (bottles)

Parker
Plum Creek Golf Club – Pale Ale
TD’s Lounge – Amber
Elev 5900 – Wheat, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Amber

Silverthorne
Old Chicago’s – Rotating

Woodland Park
Ute Pass Brewing
Vail

Route 6 Cafe – Pale Ale
Vail Ale House – Rotating

Backcountry 6-packs and / or 4-pack specialties available at the following locations**

Aspen
Local Spirits

Avon
Beaver Liquors

Boulder Area
B-Town Wine and Spirits (Boulder)
Down Under Wine and Spirits (Louisville)
Hazels Beverage World (Boulder)
Liquor Mart (Boulder)
Red’s Liquor (Boulder)
Superior Liquor (Superior)

Breckenridge
City Liquors
Summit Liquors

Castle Pines
True Liquor

Castle Rock
Bubbles
Plum Creek Liquors
7-Star Liquors
Spruce Mountain Liquors

Colorado Springs
Austin Bluffs Plaza Liquors
Cheers Wine and Liquor
Crown Wine and Liquor
Diamond Liquor
Eagle Wine & Spirits
Downtown Fine Spirits and Wine
Hope Spirits
J and K Liquors
Mountain Shadows Liquor
Paradise Spirits Woodland Park
Powers Liquor Mart
Research Wine & Liquor
Sovereignty Wines
Veterans Liquor
Weber St. Liquor

285 Corridor (Conifer, Pine, Bailey)
Biggie Liquors (Aspen Park)
Delwood Square Liquor (Bailey)
Meg’s Elk Creek Spirits (Pine)

DENVER & FRONT RANGE
3-S Liquor (Arvada)
44th Corner Liquors (Sunnyside)
Advance Liquors (Littleton)
AJ Liquor (Aurora)
Alameda Liquor Mart (Lowry)
Applejack (Lakewood)
Atlas Wine and Spirits (Lakewood)
Argonaut Liquors (Capitol Hill)
Bacchus Wine & Spirits (Littleton)
Bennett Marketplace Liquors (Littleton)
Bogey’s Beer and Wine (Globeville)
Bonnie Brae Wine & Liquor Mart (Wash Park)
Boss Liquors (Thorton)
Boozers Wine and Spirits (Aurora)
Camelot Liquors (Centennial)
Capshaw Liquors (Aurora)
Capitol Heights Pharmacy (Capitol Hill)
Chambers Wine and Liquor (Aurora)
Chatfield Wine and Spirits (Littleton)
City Wine (Glendale)
Colorado Keg House (Broomfield)
Continental Discount Liquors (Lakewood)
Cornerstar Wine & Liquor (Aurora)
Daveco Liquors (Firestone)
Davidsons Liquor (Highlands Ranch)
Denver Liquor Galaxy (Hampden East)
DTC Wine & Spirits (Englewood)
Dry Creek Liquor (Centennial)
DS Liquors (Wheatridge)
E 470 Liquors (Aurora)
Eagle’s Nest Liquor (Aurora)
Fairfax Wine and Spirits (Park Hill)
Edna Wine and Liquor (Lakewood)
Florida Ave Liquor (Lakewood)
Forrest Liquors (Aurora)
Foothills Liquor (Lakewood)
Franktown Liquors (Franktown)
G&E Liquor (Aurora)
Golden Town Liquor (Golden)
Grapes & Grains (University Hills)
Grapes Wine and Spirits (Centennial)
Grapevine Wine & Liquors (Central Denver)
Great Vines Liquor (Aurora)
Green Mountain Liquors (Green Mountain)
Green Mountain Village Liquors (Lakewood)
Hampden Crossing Liquor (Aurora)
Hampden Liquor Warehouse (Englewood)
Happy Hound Wine and Liquor (Littleton)
Heritage Hills Wine & Spirits
High 5 Liquor (Broomfield)
Highland Vinyards (Littleton)
Highlands WineSeller (Littleton)
Highlands Wine and Liquor (Highland)
High Point Liquor (Aurora)
Hilltop Liquor (Parker)
Hugo’s Beer & Spirits (Capitol Hill)
Incredible Wine and Spirits (Greenwood Village)
J J Liquors (Edgewater)
JPad Liquor (Cherry Creek)
Josh Liquor (Lakewood)
La Wine and Spirits (Northglenn)
Lakewood Liquors (Lakewood)
Little’s Fine Wine, Beers & Spirits (Englewood)
Liquor Barn (Englewood)
Logan Liquors (Central Denver)
Long’s Liquors (Centennial)
Lukas Liquors (Lone Tree)
Mayfair Liquors (Denver)
Mile High Wine Cellars (Arvada)
Mile High Wine & Spirits (Belmar)
Murphy Creek Liquor (Aurora)
Mondo Vino (Highland)
Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits (Downtown)
Old Town Liquors (Englewood)
Park Ave Wine & Spirits (Coors Field Area)
Parker Payless (Parker)
Philnor Liquor Store (Lakewood)
Pioneer Hills Liquor (Aurora)
Quebec Discount Liquors (Northfield)
Quincy Plaza Liquors (Morrison)
Ralston Square Liquor (Arvada)
Roxborough Marketplace Liquors (Littleton)
Saddle Rock Wine and Spirits (Aurora)
Santa Fe Liquors (Littleton)
Sai Liquors (Littleton)
Sheridan Wine and Spirits (Central Denver)
Singing Hills Liquor (Parker)
Small Batch Liquors (Berkeley)
Standley Lake Marketplace Liquor (Broomfield)
Spirit Plus Liquor (Lakewood)
Stroh Ranch Liquor (Parker)
Super Liquor Mart (Littleton)
Tejon St Liquors (Sunnyside)
Toast! Wine & Spirits (Sloan Lake)
Tom’s Gateway Liquors (Aurora)
Total Beverage (Thorton & Westminster)
Total Wine and Liquor (Littleton)
Trading Post Liquors (Lakewood)
Vern’s Liquor (Wheat Ridge)
Vineland Liquor (Arvada)
Willow Creek Wine & Spirits (Centennial)
Willow Run Liquors (Westminster)
Zenith Liquors (Parker)
USA Discount Liquor (Central Denver)
Vic’s Liquors (Stapleton)
Vino Vino (Cherry Hills)
West Quincy Wine and Spirits
Wildcat Wine and Spirits (Highlands Ranch)
Willow Creek Wine and Spirits (Centennial)

Dillon
Dillon Ridge Liquors
The Bottleshop
Loveland Pass Liquors

Edwards
Edwards Liquors
Riverwalk Wine & Spirits

Elizabeth
Outback Liquors
MK Liquors (Kiowa)

Evergreen
Coconuts
Evergreen Discount Liquor
Evergreen Mountain Liquor
Kittredge Liquors
Ponderosa Liquor

Estes Park
Rambo’s Longhorn Liquor

Frisco
Antlers Discount Liquor
Frisco Liquors

Georgetown
Georgetown Wine

Glenwood Springs
Rhino Liquors
Roaring Fork Liquors
Big Sid’s Bottles

Idaho Springs
Clear Creek Discount Liquors

Nederland
Dam Liquor Store

North I-25 (Loveland/Fort Collins etc.)
287 Discount Liquor (Fort Collins)
3 Rock Liquors (Firestone)
Cinder & Cruise Liquors (Windsor)
Coral Bay Wine and Spirits (Greeley)
Corkscrew Wine & Liquor (Loveland)
Gateway Liquor Store (Loveland)
Daveco (North Thornton)
J n G Liquor (Greeley)
Jax Liquor (Loveland)
Lemay Liquors (Ft Collins)
Liquor Max Warehouse (Loveland)
Lucky’s Market (Longmont)
Old Town Liquor (Greeley)
Poudre Liquor (Ft Collins)
PJs Wine and Spirits (Longmont)
Supermarket Liquors (Fort Collins)
Three Rivers Wine and Spirits (Longmont)
Warehouse Liquor West (Loveland)
Wilbur’s Liquor (Ft Collins)
World Beverage (Loveland)
Monument
Monument Cork and Bottle
Morrison
Morrison Liquor

Silverthorne
Local’s Liquors
Plain Janes

Vail and West I-70
Alpine Wine & Spirits (Vail)
Big Sid’s Bottles (Glenwood Springs)
Catherine Store (Carbondale)
Grappa Fine Wine and Spirits (Vail)
Lionshead Liquors (Vail)
Sweet Waters Liquor Store (Eagle)

Winter Park/Fraser
Bottle Pass Liquor
Winter Park Wine

Woodland Park
Paradise Spirits

** This list is based on sales data. You may need to call to confirm our product is still available at these locations.

The Backcountry Brewery

Great Brews, Great Food & Great Views!

Tucked between Summit County’s most majestic mountain peaks and beautiful Lake Dillon, in the rustic mountain town of Frisco, Colorado, is the Backcountry Brewery.

Backcountry Brewery in Frisco, Colorado

A dramatic structure of log, stucco and stone, the Backcountry Brewery has become a centerpiece of Frisco’s charming Main Street. Offering a full menu and second story views, a trip to Backcountry is a must when visiting the High Country.

Become a MUG Club MEMBER!

Receive great discounts on food, beer, and backcountry retail all year long visit our Mug Club page or ask a Brewery staff member for details.