Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival

Celebrate 20 years of Big Beers in Breckenridge in 2020!

Thu, Jan 9 - Sat, Jan 11

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

620 Village Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Jan 09Jan 11
Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
  • BIG BEERS FESTIVAL PACKAGES
    • Colorado Full Weekend VIP Pass

      $675.00
      +$20.00

      Colorado Full Weekend VIP Pass

      Item Amount
      Colorado Full Weekend VIP Pass $675.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $20.00
      Total $695.00
      Details

      Colorado Full Weekend VIP Pass

      The ultimate way to experience the Big Beers Festival, the Colorado VIP Pass includes the following: Exclusive access to the Brewers Reception, Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner reservation with Troy Casey of Casey Brewing & Blending and Neil Fisher of WeldWerks Brewing Co., VIP access to the Big Beers 20 Year Reunion showcasing 20 years of Featured Brewmasters, Early access to the Commercial Tasting (2pm lobby entrance), VIP Lounge access during the Commercial Tasting (3:00 - 6:30pm), your Commercial Tasting ticket, and your choice of Seminars plus Welcome Reception Admission. To remember your weekend, take home 20th Anniversary commemorative glassware and a custom wearable. Please note that all taxes and gratuity are included in this package price. Purchaser will receive personalized VIP credential at the Brewers Reception or Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner registration on Thursday evening that will provide admission for all weekend events.

    • Social VIP Pass

      $180.00
      +$11.79

      Social VIP Pass

      Item Amount
      Social VIP Pass $180.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $11.79
      Total $191.79
      Details

      Social VIP Pass

      The new Social VIP Pass includes VIP access to the Big Beers 20 Year Reunion, early access to the Commercial Tasting on Saturday (without a long line!), VIP Lounge access during the Commercial Tasting (3:00 - 6:30pm), your Commercial Tasting Ticket, admission to the Welcome Reception on Friday, and commemorative glassware (2 glasses) in addition to the traditional event tasting glass. You will receive your personalized VIP credential at the Welcome Reception registration on Friday afternoon or at the Big Beers 20 Year Reunion on Friday evening that will provide VIP status for all of the above events.  **Please note that the Social VIP Pass does not include educational seminars.

    • Saturday VIP Pass

      $135.00
      +$9.09

      Saturday VIP Pass

      Item Amount
      Saturday VIP Pass $135.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $9.09
      Total $144.09
      Details

      Saturday VIP Pass

      The Saturday VIP Pass provides VIP early access to the Commercial Tasting (Saturday 2:00 pm), VIP Lounge access during the Commercial Tasting (Saturday 3:00 – 6:30 pm), your Commercial Tasting ticket (Saturday), Welcome Reception Admission (Friday afternoon), and commemorative glassware (2 glasses) in addition to traditional event sampler glass. You can pick up your personalized VIP credential at the Welcome Reception registration on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning registration in the Colorado Ballroom foyer that will provide early admission with your ticket on lobby level and access to the VIP Lounge starting at 3pm.   **Please note that the Saturday VIP Pass does not include educational seminars.

    • Technical Seminar Package

      $55.00
      +$4.29

      Technical Seminar Package

      Item Amount
      Technical Seminar Package $55.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $4.29
      Total $59.29
      Details

      Technical Seminar Package

      This package includes 3 seminars:

      Experimental Brewing: Combination Innovation: Yeast, Barrels, Fruit & Blending
      Technical Track I: The Dark Side: Exploring Malt
      Technical Track II: The Evolution of Belgian Styles in the US

      All will be held in the Imperial Ballroom in the Beaver Run Conference Center.

    • Sensory Seminar Package

      $40.00
      +$3.39

      Sensory Seminar Package

      Item Amount
      Sensory Seminar Package $40.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $3.39
      Total $43.39
      Details

      Sensory Seminar Package

      The Sensory Seminar Package includes:

      The CraftBeer.com Beer + Food Experience
      Sensory Track I: A Glimpse Into the Future of Craft Beer
      Sensory Track II: Bubbles or Not? A Sensory Exploration

      The CraftBeer.com seminar is on Friday from 6 - 7pm in the Breckenridge Ballroom:Peak 17, and the Sensory Tracks will be held in Base 9 Bar on the lobby level of Beaver Run Resort.

    • Brewing Belgian Styles Seminar Package

      $35.00
      +$3.09

      Brewing Belgian Styles Seminar Package

      Item Amount
      Brewing Belgian Styles Seminar Package $35.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $3.09
      Total $38.09
      Details

      Brewing Belgian Styles Seminar Package

      The Brewing Belgian Styles Seminar Package includes:

      Random Track I: Brewing Traditional Belgian Styles
      Technical Track II: The Evolution of Belgian Styles in the US

      The Random Track I session will be held in the Summit Gallery: Peaks 11 & 12, and Technical Track II will be held in the Imperial Ballroom.

    • Brewing Innovation Seminar Package

      $45.00
      +$3.69

      Brewing Innovation Seminar Package

      Item Amount
      Brewing Innovation Seminar Package $45.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $3.69
      Total $48.69
      Details

      Brewing Innovation Seminar Package

      Your Brewing Innovation Package includes:

      Experimental Brewing: Combination Innovation: Yeast, Barrels, Fruit & Blending
      Brewmasters Track I: The Dark Side: Exploring Malt
      Random Track II: Brewing Equipment Innovation

      Experimental Brewing will be in the Imperial Ballroom, Brewmasters Track I will be held in the Summit Gallery:Peaks 9 & 10, and Random Track II will be held in Summit Gallery:Peaks 11 & 12.

  • SINGLE EVENT TICKETS
    • Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner

      $135.00
      +$9.09

      Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner

      Item Amount
      Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner $135.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $9.09
      Total $144.09
      Details

      Traditional Brewmasters’ Dinner

      The 2020 Traditional Brewmasters' Dinner will be hosted by our 2020 Featured Brewmasters, Neil Fisher of WeldWerks Brewing Co., and Troy Casey of Casey Brewing & Blending. This dining experience features a custom menu created solely for the Big Beers Festival for the specific beers selected by Fisher and Casey, and is a double beer pairing dining experience. It will be held on Thursday night, January 9 at 7:30 pm in the Imperial Ballroom at Beaver Run Resort. Please note that tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price. Table seating will be assigned for the evening of the dinner. Please make seating requests and provide dietary information when purchasing your tickets or email Laura.

    • Small Plates and Craft Beer Pairing

      $75.00
      +$5.49

      Small Plates and Craft Beer Pairing

      Item Amount
      Small Plates and Craft Beer Pairing $75.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $5.49
      Total $80.49
      Details

      Small Plates and Craft Beer Pairing

      The 2020 Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing will be hosted by Matt Lincecum, Founder/ Owner of Fremont Brewing Co. and Phil Markowski, Master Brewer/Co-Founder of Two Roads Brewing Co. This event features a custom menu created solely for the Big Beers Festival around the specific beers selected by the brewmasters. Your culinary team will showcase the culinary talent of Chef Michael Irwin of the Sauce Team, Executive Chef at Sauce on the Creek, and Guest Chef Adam Dulye, Executive Chef for the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com. This four course, double beer pairing dining experience will begin Friday afternoon, January 10 at 3:00 pm at Sauce on the Maggie in The Village at Breckenridge near Main Street Station. Please note that tax and gratuity are included in the ticket price. Table seating will be assigned. Please make seating requests and provide dietary information when purchasing your tickets or email Laura.

    • 20 Year Big Beers Reunion

      $45.00
      +$3.69

      20 Year Big Beers Reunion

      Item Amount
      20 Year Big Beers Reunion $45.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $3.69
      Total $48.69
      Details

      20 Year Big Beers Reunion

      We're celebrating with a 20 Year Big Beers Reunion! This late night extravaganza will be hosted by Featured Brewmasters from the first 20 years of Big Beers. Our Featured Alumni will be pouring unique, unusual and collaborative beers alongside a fun selection of after dinner snacks & desserts. This story-telling, Big Beers historical photo opp with delicious beers and desserts will be held on Friday evening, January 10 from 8:30 – 10:30 pm in the Imperial Ballroom at Beaver Run Resort. Please note that ticket price is inclusive of taxes and gratuities. The 20 Year Reunion will be reception style with a variety of foods to fit all dietary needs.

    • 20 Year Big Beers Reunion (Alumni Discount)

      $40.00
      +$3.39

      20 Year Big Beers Reunion (Alumni Discount)

      Item Amount
      20 Year Big Beers Reunion (Alumni Discount) $40.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $3.39
      Total $43.39
      Details

      20 Year Big Beers Reunion (Alumni Discount)

      This ticket is for everyone who helped to make it all happen! All brewers and volunteers who participated 2001-2019 are eligible for this discounted ticket to the 20 Year Big Beers Reunion! Hosted by Featured Brewmasters from the first 20 years of Big Beers, this celebration features unusual, unique, and collaborative beers from the Featured Brewmaster alumni alongside a fun selection of after-dinner snacks and desserts. All of this happens slopeside on Friday evening, January 10 from 8:30 – 10:30 pm in the Imperial Ballroom at Beaver Run Resort. Please note that ticket price is inclusive of taxes and gratuities. The 20 Year Reunion will be reception style with a variety of foods to fit all dietary needs.

    • Commercial Tasting

      $75.00
      +$5.49

      Commercial Tasting

      Item Amount
      Commercial Tasting $75.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $5.49
      Total $80.49
      Details

      Commercial Tasting

      The highlight of Big Beers Weekend, every year, the Commercial Tasting on Saturday afternoon gives attendees the chance to taste over 500 specialty beers meeting “Big [7% abv +], Belgian in style, or Experimental in nature” event requirements presented by more than 150 brewers and importers. In addition to event access, your ticket includes a food coupon to use at the food stations located inside of the Commercial Tasting area and a commemorative 2020 Big Beers tasting glass.

      **Please note that Seminars are no longer included in the Commercial Tasting ticket, and can be purchased separately.

  • SEMINAR SEATS
    • CraftBeer.com: Beer and Food Experience

      $15.00
      +$1.89

      CraftBeer.com: Beer and Food Experience

      Item Amount
      CraftBeer.com: Beer and Food Experience $15.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $1.89
      Total $16.89
      Details

      CraftBeer.com: Beer and Food Experience

      Bitter, sweet, salty, sour. All of these are sensations foodies and beer geeks can relate to. What happens when you start talking about sound or sight. What defines flavor? Does taste define flavor or does flavor define taste? Get ready to enjoy craft beers from small and independent breweries along with a strategic pairing designed to heighten your awareness of everything that goes into why you taste what you taste in a beer or a pairing. Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director, & Executive Chef Adam Dulye from the Brewers Association and CraftBeer.com will take your palate for a ride!

    • Experimental Brewing: Combination Innovation

      $20.00
      +$2.19

      Experimental Brewing: Combination Innovation

      Item Amount
      Experimental Brewing: Combination Innovation $20.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $2.19
      Total $22.19
      Details

      Experimental Brewing: Combination Innovation

      Our earliest seminar on Saturday morning is the Experimental Brewing Seminar, running from 9:00 am–11:00 am. The result of a brainstorming session geared toward including innovative brewers who are mapping out the future of craft brewing, but may not be geared toward packaging or nationwide marketing, the Big Beers Festival is pleased to host “Combination Innovation: Yeast, Barrels, Fruit and Blending.” This multi-faceted discussion will be held by Jeffrey Stuffings from Jester King, Cory King of Side Project Brewing, Phil Markowski of Two Roads Brewing, and others.

  • Brewmasters Track
    • Brewmasters Seminar I: Time: The Only Ingredient You Can't Buy

      $15.00
      +$1.89

      Brewmasters Seminar I: Time: The Only Ingredient You Can't Buy

      Item Amount
      Brewmasters Seminar I: Time: The Only Ingredient You Can't Buy $15.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $1.89
      Total $16.89
      Details

      Brewmasters Seminar I: Time: The Only Ingredient You Can't Buy

      Time plays such a significant part in mixed culture and barrel aging programs that it truly deserves to be called an ingredient. In this session your 2020 Featured Brewmasters will be demonstrating the effects of time both in the barrel/cask and after packaging as well as throughout the creation of barrel aged and mixed culture beers. Grab your seats early, as time is of the essence!

      This session will be held at 11:30am Saturday morning, January 11, in the Summit Gallery: Peaks 9 & 10 with Neil Fisher of WeldWerks Brewing Co. and Troy Casey of Casey Brewing & Blending.

    • Brewmasters Seminar II: Sours, Medianoche & Collaborations

      $15.00
      +$1.89

      Brewmasters Seminar II: Sours, Medianoche & Collaborations

      Item Amount
      Brewmasters Seminar II: Sours, Medianoche & Collaborations $15.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $1.89
      Total $16.89
      Details

      Brewmasters Seminar II: Sours, Medianoche & Collaborations

      Take a look and a taste behind the scenes as Neil Fisher from WeldWerks Brewing and Troy Casey of Casey Brewing & Blending share their blend of science, industry, local community, family, and beer that is unique to each of their breweries. Take a walk on the wild (and barrel-aged) side with your 2020 Featured Brewmasters. This session will be held in the Summit Gallery: Peaks 9 & 10 on Saturday at 12:45pm.

  • Technical Track
    • Technical Track I: The Dark Side: Exploring Malt

      $20.00
      +$2.19

      Technical Track I: The Dark Side: Exploring Malt

      Item Amount
      Technical Track I: The Dark Side: Exploring Malt $20.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $2.19
      Total $22.19
      Details

      Technical Track I: The Dark Side: Exploring Malt

      Often touted as “the un-sexy” ingredient in brewing, Malt’s experimental potential and least understood effects on the resulting beer have a lot to offer. Take a walk on the dark side and learn about recent advances and current experimentation from our panel of Big Beers Alumni and malt-savvy peers. "The Dark Side: Exploring Malt" will be held on Saturday from 11:30–12:20 pm in the Imperial Ballroom, of the Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center with John Mallett of Bell's Brewery, Florian Kuplent of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and others.

    • Technical Track II: The Evolution of Belgian Styles in the US

      $20.00
      +$2.19

      Technical Track II: The Evolution of Belgian Styles in the US

      Item Amount
      Technical Track II: The Evolution of Belgian Styles in the US $20.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $2.19
      Total $22.19
      Details

      Technical Track II: The Evolution of Belgian Styles in the US

      How much is too much? Traditional Belgian styles have been subjected to much innovation at the hands of adventurous Americans for many years. Our panel, including Steven Pauwels of Boulevard Brewing and Cory King of Side Project Brewing, will delve not only into this question philosophically but technically as well. The Evolution of Belgian Styles in the US will be held Saturday afternoon from 12:45–1:35 pm in the Imperial Ballroom of the Beaver Run Conference Center.

  • Sensory Workshop Track
    • Sensory Workshop I: A Glimpse Into the Future of Craft Beer

      $15.00
      +$1.89

      Sensory Workshop I: A Glimpse Into the Future of Craft Beer

      Item Amount
      Sensory Workshop I: A Glimpse Into the Future of Craft Beer $15.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $1.89
      Total $16.89
      Details

      Sensory Workshop I: A Glimpse Into the Future of Craft Beer

      Join John Holl, Co-Host of Steal This Beer, Journalist and Author for a tasty look into the immediate future with Nile Zacherle of Mad Fritz Brewing and panel on Saturday from 11:30 am–12:20 pm in Base 9 Bar at Beaver Run Resort.

    • Sensory Workshop II: Bubbles or Not? A Sensory Exploration

      $15.00
      +$1.89

      Sensory Workshop II: Bubbles or Not? A Sensory Exploration

      Item Amount
      Sensory Workshop II: Bubbles or Not? A Sensory Exploration $15.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $1.89
      Total $16.89
      Details

      Sensory Workshop II: Bubbles or Not? A Sensory Exploration

      Why do some beers taste so amazing on nitro, and some don’t? Why do some beers have the fullest flavor in cask/firkin format and others truly fall flat? Dr. Nicole will take you on her sensory journey to find answers to these questions about why – scientifically – your bubble choices make such a difference in the flavor expression of the beer in your hand. "Bubbles or Not: A Sensory Exploration" will be held Saturday from 12:45–1:35 pm in the Base 9 Bar at Beaver Run Resort.

  • Random Track
    • Random Track I: Brewing Traditional Belgian Styles

      $15.00
      +$1.89

      Random Track I: Brewing Traditional Belgian Styles

      Item Amount
      Random Track I: Brewing Traditional Belgian Styles $15.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $1.89
      Total $16.89
      Details

      Random Track I: Brewing Traditional Belgian Styles

      Interested in tips and tricks to nail that elusive Belgian style? Join Charlie Gottenkieny, Co-Founder of Bruz Beers and winner of the coveted Big Beers, Belgians & Strong Ales Homebrew Competition Best of Show crown in 2013, as he explores the brewing techniques needed to dial it in – Belgian style. Brewing Traditional Belgian Styles will be held on Saturday from 11:30–12:20 pm at the Summit Gallery: Peaks 11- 12 in the Beaver Run Conference Center.

    • Random Track II: Equipment Innovation in Brewing

      $15.00
      +$1.89

      Random Track II: Equipment Innovation in Brewing

      Item Amount
      Random Track II: Equipment Innovation in Brewing $15.00
      Non-Refundable Service Fee $1.89
      Total $16.89
      Details

      Random Track II: Equipment Innovation in Brewing

      Much has changed – and continues to evolve – in the equipment designed and available to create the beer in your glass. Meet the inventors and engineers of some of these innovations as they discuss the tangible brewing changes they have precipitated, how they came to be, and those they believe will be on the way soon. "Equipment Innovation in Brewing" will be held Saturday from 12:45–1:35 pm in the Summit Gallery: Peaks 11- 12 in the Beaver Run Conference Center.

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First exception: A waiting list is kept for all dining events, so please contact Laura if you would like for your ticket(s) to be resold. If your ticket is successfully resold, Laura will issue you a refund.

Second exception: NightOut is our ticketing company for the 2020 Big Beers Festival, and there will be cancellation insurance offered at your time of purchase. If you choose to purchase cancellation insurance through NightOut’s vendor, they will be responsible for issuing refunds if you meet the criteria for their incident policy.

If you have questions at any time during the ticket sales process, please contact Laura.
  • Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

    620 Village Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424

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The perfect combination for a Winter Wonderland getaway: A world-class beer festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Meet renowned brewmasters and brewery owners, taste hundreds of big, Belgian style, and experimental beers, explore beer and food pairings, and learn from an impressive array of brewmasters and industry experts over an action-packed three day weekend. As a novice, an aficionado, or an advanced homebrewer, you can enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to discuss beer with the amazing people who make it happen. Dig in further to learn more about this little festival in the mountains that the beer industry has held in such high esteem for 20 years!

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