Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival - A Complete Guide

Breckenridge Bourbon

It’s the late 1800s. Gold has been discovered in the not so distant mountains. There will be deep snow and bitter cold, but a quick sip of bourbon revives your spirits and sets you out to discover the riches of Breckenridge.

Back to present day. The gold mines are gone but the sense of adventure and prosperity still remain. Spirits once used to warm mountain men’s palates have been refined and perfected over the years by generations of Colorado distillers and can now be sipped, sampled and enjoyed at this year’s Craft Spirits Festival in Breckenridge, CO. Our complete guide covers all the wonderful things you can learn, make and enjoy at this year’s Still on the Hill Craft Spirits Festival.

Breckenridge Vodka

Friday, October 23

Learn…
…All about the history and evolution of distilling, the distilling process and what makes up a quality spirit at the Essence of Spirits Workshop. Master Intoxicologist Mic Beseda will lead this completely free workshop at the Old Masonic Hall on Main Street at 4 pm.
Make…
… Your own personalized shot glass! Stop by the Ceramic Studio in the Breckenridge Arts District between 6 and 8 pm and watch local artists create shot glasses by hand. Pick out one you like and for $5 you can decorate it with colorful glazes. Your personal masterpiece will then be fired and ready for pick up on Saturday between 5 and 8 pm. First come first serve, so don’t be late!
Don’t miss…
… The Friday night Poker Run. Not your usual bar crawl, the sixth annual Poker Run and Bar Mix-off will feature various saloons, restaurants and taverns in Breckenridge, including Spencer's! Embark on this self-guided tour and draw playing cards at each stop after trying the bartender’s special concoction. Save up your cards and present your best hand at the grand tasting Saturday evening. Get a tastes of what's being served at the Craft Spirits Poker Run at Spencers.


Craft Spirits Festival

Saturday, October 24

Learn….
… About the unique (and a little bit haunted) history of Breckenridge. Experience the historical treasures of Breckenridge first hand with a guided walking tour. Tours start from the Welcome Center at 11 am and 1:30 pm and are $10 per person. Wait until later in the evening and take a special Haunted Tour of Breckenridge, just in time for Halloween!
Make….
… A three course meal inspired by craft spirits with Ian Buchanan and Doug Schwartz. Join these two chefs for a hands-on cooking class at Colorado Mountain College and enjoy a three-course lunch and learn how to compliment food with various spirits.  $50 per person and pre-registration is required.
Don’t miss…
… The biggest event of the festival, the Grand Tasting! The Still on the Hill Grand Tasting will take place at the River Walk Center from 4 – 7 pm. Come sample the creations from 30 Colorado distillers and vote on your favorite cocktail for the People’s Choice award. Enjoy live music from the Honey Glitters and munch on artisan snacks while mingling with other liquor loving attendees. $25 in advance and $30 at the door, get your tickets early because this event WILL sell out. You can purchase tickets for the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival along with Breckenridge lodging for this weekend HERE.

Hot Drinks

Sunday, October 25

Learn…
… How high altitude affects hangovers.
Make…
… Your way to any one of the participating restaurants.
And don’t miss…
…The Hangover Brunch. Try a little hair of the dog and enjoy football, craft-spirit cocktails and delicious brunch sure to fill you up as you reminisce with your friends about the wonderful weekend you had.

Don't get left out in the cold. Buy your tickets and Breckenridge lodging for this event HERE! Room rates starting at just $128 for the weekend.