Beer Man

Beer Calendar: Bacon, Barrel-Aged Beers, Nitro Fest and Three New Breweries

Ski resorts haven't always made craft beer a priority, but that has changed a lot over the past two years. The latest pairing between local brews and winter sports is at the Base 9 bar inside Breckenridge's Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, which is introducing a new craft-beer program this season. Bar managers hired craft consultant Laura Lodge, who also created the annual Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival in Vail, to help them design a beer menu that works with the food menu. Different Colorado breweries will be served at the bar, and one will be featured each week with a tasting in Beaver Run's lobby and other specials. Currently on tap: Ska True Blonde, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Great Divide Collette, New Belgium Fat Tire, Avery IPA, Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's IPA, Odell Cutthroat Porter and Left Hand Milk Stout.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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