It’s no secret that Colorado is home to some of the best microbreweries in the country, but not everyone knows that in the past several years craft distillers have been popping up around the state offering up small batches of carefully crafted whiskey, rums, vodkas and gin.
According to an article in the Denver Post the number of Colorado’s modern-day moonshiners has doubled in the past few years and two years ago Breckenridge made the decision to capitalize on the boom with the first ever Still on the Hill Craft Spirits Festival.
Now in its third year the festival attracts distillers from around the state during the weekend of October 5th-7th, offering up plenty of samples of their handcrafted concoctions. Yes, there will be lots of sipping throughout the weekend long event but there is more to this festival than just sampling the product.
Folks will have a chance to learn a thing or two about Breckenridge’s booze history during the Historical Saloon Tour on Friday evening hosted by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance. Back when Breck was a rough and tumble mining town, Main Street Saloons played a big role in how the town was shaped. Today, Breckenridge is home to a slew of watering holes and those participating in the 2nd Annual Poker Run, also happening on Friday night, will have a chance to check out signature drinks at participating restaurants and collect a card at each location to try and win prizes at Saturday’s Grand Tasting.
The action on Saturday highlights Breckenridge’s own contributions to craft spirits world during the Breckenridge Distillery Open House at their production facility out on Airport Road. Touted as the World’s Highest Distillery, their bourbon whiskey received one of only three gold medals awarded at the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition. That’s right, it’s one of the top three Bourbons in the world.
From there, it’s on to the Grand Tasting event happening at the Riverwalk Center from 4-7 p.m. This informal, walk around event allows attendees to peruse over ten different distilleries with the opportunity sip on specialty cocktails while you chat with the folks who had a hand in making them. Remember to bring your dancing shoes to the Grand Tasting because the Honey Gritters will be playing toe-taping bluegrass during the event.
Going on throughout the entire weekend, the Sidewalk Sale Days offer up a great opportunity to load up on winter gear at selected merchants at unbeatable prices. Consider it the icing on the (rum)cake.
Get all the details where you can even find some great lodging deals which will help you make a weekend of it. Remember to take the free bus home if you’ve been indulging in the booze juice and we’ll see you October 5-7th!