Not going to lie…I’m a little hesitant to even write this post. I’ve mulled it over since I returned from my awesome trip to Breckenridge and attending the Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines festival. I’ve mapped out the pros and cons of writing this post. Do I really want to let the cat out of the bag? Well, here goes nothing.
My dad is huge into craft beer, which most of you know. He lives in Denver and has been telling me for a few years now that the Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines festival is the best festival he’s ever been to. This festival is a little different than the beer festivals you’re used to. This festival is actually geared towards brewers. Throughout the weekend they hold amazing educational sessions for brewers to attend. So what does that mean? It means they all bring the best of the best beer to the festival to impress all their brewery friends. Beer you’ve never heard of. Have you ever tried the Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Smoked Porter from Blue Moon? I have! And it’s amazing! Not only did Casey bring out all the goodies with Leaner, Jammy, Supreme Clientele for tasting, but Troy, his wife, and their new baby were walking around during the festival which was fun to see. Sam Adams was pouring Utopias along with their Triple Bock from 1995. A beer from 1995 was being poured! This is just a small sample of the amazing beers offered at this festival.
So why the hesitation in letting the cat out of the bag?? There were no lines. Zero lines. I literally could walk straight up to get a pour of Utopias and only wait the amount of time it took them to fill up my tasting glass. Not many people know about this festival, which is a huge bonus. We’ve all attended festivals that have had far too many people and it ends up taking away from the fun of the event. This festival was honestly perfect in my opinion. Great location, great beer, and the right amount of beer drinkers for everyone to have a good time. I’ll definitely be coming back next year!