These days craft beer is as synonymous with Colorado as fresh powder. Not only are bars and restaurants across the state going local but they’re doing local big, using Colorado-born brews and spirits — and superb quality ones at that.

On Main Street Breckenridge alone, one could taste nearly 100 different taps of top-notch beers. Now, the Base Nine Bar up at Beaver Run Resort is taking this concept a step further, featuring a food-beer pairing menu where flavors and froth complement each other.Base9AhiTunaTower

Palate-pleasing pairings

“As a team, the chefs and the marketing department enjoyed a variety of dishes and decided on the specific pairings via a democratic vote,” says Base Nine’s executive sous chef Eddie Cotham. “The Breckenridge and High Country craft beer scene is starting to live up to Front Range standards and we’re trying to take it to the next level by offering these unique pairings.”

Rehash your epic day on the slopes with friends as you sip on an Agave Wheat from Breck Brewery and refuel with a pork schnitzel on a pretzel bun. Or enjoy a tasty Ahi tuna and avocado tower while chasing it down with a Collette from Great Divide Brewery out of Denver.

The fruity farmhouse-style saison goes down smooth and also packs a punch with a 7.3% abv.

“Coppertop and Base Nine both already had a good beer selection,” said Laura Lodge, a top craft beer consultant and owner of Customized Craft Beer Programs out of Vail. “This was just the opportunity to bring each location to its full potential. When setting up the program with Base Nine, we focused on the pairings. In order to get the full potential of craft beer you need to bring in the food element.”

Fabulous Flights

For those of you simply looking to wet your whistle, this ski-in/ski-out watering hole on Peak 9 is the perfect place to unwind. Along with its specialized menu of starters, sandwiches and entrees, Base Nine is now serving up sample beer-tasting flights as well. Choose your favorite four or order up all eight beers the bar proudly boasts, ranging from a Ska True Blonde from Durango to a Left Hand Milk Stout out of Longmont.

Thirsty for a cold bottled beer? Base Nine has you covered here as well with a handful of heavy hitters such as a Deschutes Mirror Pond or a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA. The bar brews up a twice-a-night happy hour (4-6 and 9-11 p.m.) with deals on well drinks, wine and martinis to boot. Saddle up or hang out and play on Base Nine’s pair of championship-caliber pool tables, which along with darts, are free from open to close.

Over the winter, the bar and restaurant teamed up with a variety of Colorado breweries to offer free beer tastings a few times a month, so stay tuned for what Breck’s best-kept secret has up its sleeve for spring/summer.

Helpful hints: Dine at Spencer’s or Coppertop and receive a coupon for half off a tasting flight. Base Nine is also available for private parties, receptions and beer-tasting dinners.

Photo credit: Top feature photo courtesy of Arthur Balluff and Beaver Run Resort.

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