Beer Heaven

Hidden inside an unassuming blue building off of Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, is one of the best selections of draft beer in the state of Colorado. With 68 taps continually rotating different styles and flavors of craft beer, plus a treasure trove of over 200 different bombers, quarts, cans, and bottles of beer it is a temple of suds. Looking for a hard to get sour beer? This is your place. Heard about some funky IPA? Head here. In fact, chances are Backcountry Pizza and Tap House, and its owner John Fayman, will have stuff you have never even dreamed of. And, soon it is only going to get better.

The day before Super Bowl 50 kicks off, Backcountry will be celebrating their 5th anniversary by doing a tap takeover of some of the best and hardest beers to find in the United States. Many of the beers offered will be barrel-aged beauties that only poke their heads above ground once in awhile. If you are a lover of anything sour then this lineup will please you.

The list is loaded with several beers ranked on many top 100 lists (Russian River Supplication and Pliny the Elder, Hill Farmstead Dorothy, and Firestone Walker 19th Anniversary to name a few). The lineup of Europeans is world class and highlights the subtle skills from the mainland. So plan on spending the day before Super Sunday sipping some of the best beers on the planet, before cheering your Broncos to victory the next day.

Here is the list of beers they will be tapping, plan your experience early.

  1. Melvin IPA
    2. Melvin Hubert
    3. Melvin 2×4
    4. Melvin Purple Drank
    5. AleSmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout
    6. Off Color DinoS’mores
    7. Russian River Pliny the Elder
    8. Russian River Consecration
    9. Russian River Supplication
    10. Russian River Temptation
    11. Russian River Blind Pig
    12. Pipeworks Lizard King
    13. Comrade Superpower
    14. New Belgium Love Oscar Foeder #30: Ol’ Dirty Bastard
    15. Birrificio Del Ducato La Luna Rossa
    16. Birrificio Del Ducato My Blueberry Nightmare
    17. Ballast Point Victory at Sea – Elijah Craig Barrel Aged
    18. Avery 2013 Tweak (non barrel aged)
    19. Avery 2014 Tweak
    20. Lord Hobo Boom Sauce
    21. Birrificio LoverBeer Beera Brugna
    22. Mad River 2012 Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout
    23. The Bruery Rueze
    24. The Bruery Oude Tart
    25. Telluride/Elevation Barrel Aged Bridging the Divide
    26. Goose Island Bourbon County
    27. Goose Island Coffee Bourbon County
    28. Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
    29. Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale
    30. Stone Xocovesa
    31. Wibby Brewing IPL
    32. Hof Ten Dormaal Zure Van Tildonk
    33. Cannonball Creek Terrible 3
    34. BFM 2014 Abbaye St. Bon Chien
    35. BFM 225 Sour Saison
    36. Freigeist Quince Gose
    37. Reisdorf Kolsch
    38. Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Bigfoot
    39. Prairie Bomb
    40. Crooked Stave Silly Sybies
    41. Crooked Stave Mama Bear’s Cherry Pie
    42. Crooked Stave L’Brett d’Cherry
    43. Trinity Cherry Sour Threads
    44. Trinity Chilly Water
    45. Tilquin Gueuze
    46. Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti
    47. Grimm Bros. Lionheart
    48. Brasserie de Blaugies Saison d’Epeautre
    49. Firestone Walker Agrestic
    50. Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse
    51. Firestone Walker 19th Anniversary
    52. Drydock Whiskey BA Double Coffee Porter
    53. Drydock Whiskey BA Double Vanilla Porter
    54. De Struise Brouwers 2008 Rio Reserva
    55. De Struise Brouwers 2009 Rio Reserva
    56. Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 3rd Edition
    57. Etienne DuPont Pomme Calvados 98
    58. Picobrouwerij Alvinne Phi
    59. Picobrouwerij Alvinne Wild West
    60. Almanac Farmer’s Reserve Blueberry
    61. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
    62. Firestone Walker PIVO Pils
    63. Hill Farmstead Dorothy
    64. Perennial 2014 Sump
    65. Perennial Abraxas
    66. Breakside Safeword
    67. Hogshead Barrel Aged Gilpin Black Gold
    68. Hogshead Richard Roundtree

HZ12_ShieldLogo-300x190-300x190Liquid Gear is proudly sponsored by Hazel’s Beverage World which is the go-to store for outdoor enthusiasts and everyone else on the go.  Featuring Boulder’s largest selection of wine, beer and spirits at everyday low prices, Hazel’s has lots of beverages that are easy to carry along and enjoy no matter what your adventure.  So don’t forget to pack the party—fly by Hazel’s before your next excursion and stock up on your favorite liquid refreshments. Hazel’s – Same Planet, Different World.




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