Beer from the Backcountry Brewery
The Beer at Backcountry is born out of over 30 combined years of brewing experience. It has been recognized seven times by the prestigious Great American Beer Festival. The GABF is widely regarded in the beer world as the most important beer event of the year. A GABF medal is recognized world wide as a symbol of brewing excellence. We also took home six medals at the 2012 Colorado State Fair, which is an international competition
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2009 GABF** National Competition - Silver Medal Telemark IPA
2011 GABF** National Competition - Silver Medal Saison
Formerly known as "Wheeler Wheat," it is a light and refreshing beer to quench your thirst after a hard day of adventure seeking. An American-style wheat beer with just a hint of orange peel and coriander. Enjoy it with a slice of fruit if you like, just don't let the brewmaster see you!
Original Gravity: 11.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 4.6% / Bitterness: 18 IBU’s / SRM: 3.5
2004 Silver Medal Winner G.A.B.F. • Pilsner
Formerly "Ptarmigan Pilsner," it is a GABF Silver Medal Winner. A traditional European Style Pilsner with a light hop aroma, smooth malt flavor and a distinctively clean finish.
Original Gravity: 11.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 4.7% / Bitterness: 42 IBU’s / SRM: 3.1
2000 Gold Medal Winner G.A.B.F.** •
Formerly known as Telemark IPA. Our GABF Gold Medal Winner has a very characteristic copper color from a blend of lightly kilned malts coupled with distinctive bitterness and flavor from Washington state‘s finest hops. This brew is a true Representation of a British Classic! We've changed the classification from an IPA to a Pale Ale because of the evolving hop profiles. When this recipe was origianlly created in 1996, it was an IPA, but now fits better in the Pale Ale category. The name has changed, but it is still the same great beer.
Original Gravity: 14° plato / Alcohol by volume: 5.6% / Bitterness: 60 IBU’s / SRM: 10.8
2003 Silver Medal Colorado State Fair • Amber
Formerly known as "Switchback Amber," it is reminiscent of a German Oktoberfest-Style brew with a deep copper color, smooth malty flavor and pleasantly noble hop aroma and bitterness from German hops. Prost!
Original Gravity: 13.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 5.38% / Bitterness: 28 IBU’s / SRM: 16
Formerly known as "Peak One Porter," it is a complex recipe utilizing 6 Malts, and 2 varieties of hops to create a dark, creamy and most importantly, balanced flavored “Robust Porter”. A local favorite!
Original Gravity: 14.5° plato / Alcohol by volume: 6% / Bitterness: 35 IBU’s / SRM: 71
Seasonal Brews On Tap
Fix your Heel Double I.P.A. (Version 2.0)
Expect big notes of Citrus, Mango, Peach, and Grapefruit. All these flavors and aromas come from the hops. We use generous late addition hops along with a carefully crafted malt bill to create a beer that is nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable.
Hops used: Summit, Citra, and Falconer’s Flight
Alcohol by volume: 8.1% / Bitterness: 85 IBU’s
Rye Brown Ale
This is an easy-drinking American Brown Ale with Rye added. It features notes of chocolate, caramel, and bread with a slightly sweet and spicy finish because of the Rye and Cascade hops. This is not a “nut brown,” which is more of an English style. Craft beer fans and casual beer drinkers should both be interested in this beer due to its subtle, but not overpowering flavors.
Original Gravity: 13.9° plato / Alcohol by volume: 5.3% / Bitterness: 33 IBU’s / SRM: 32
A golden bock that is malty and sweet with a deceptively high alcohol content. Noble hops provide a spiciness that cleans up the sweetness. This beer won a bronze medal at the 1998 Great American Beer Festival and a silver medal that the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. This beer utilized all German Malts and Hops.
Alcohol by volume: 6.6% / Bitterness: 30 IBU’s / SRM: 8
"The Inspired One" Imperial Stout
Imperial Stouts were originally brewed by English breweries to supply the Russian Czars of the late 1600s and early 1700s. They were brewed strong so they would survive the voyage from England to Russia unspoiled. Catherine the Great was well known for her thirst of the beverage.
Our Imperial Stout is brewed in a similar fashion and made with English malted barley and a well-known English yeast. It conditioned for 8 weeks in the fermenter to help it achieve a well-rounded flavor.
Opaque black in color, this beer has moderately strong notes of roast, followed by subtle caramel, raisin, and breadiness. It has a heavy, but pleasant, sweetness in the middle that is cleaned up by a touch of hoppiness.
Alcohol by volume: 9% / Bitterness: 75 IBU’s / SRM: 1,000,003.14159
** GABF is the Great American Beer Festival. It is the largest beer judging and tasting of its kind in the world.