Hey, Spike! gets scoop on BackCountry’s brews
Ryan Summerlin October 11, 2012
BackCountry Brewery owner Charlie Eazor took his time to figure out a new game plan after buying the operation at Frisco’s Main Street and Summit Boulevard.Now, changes are coming in what he calls a “growth spurt.”There’s a re-branding kicking off and “we’re pretty excited,” he says of the business he bought in 2010.That effort is being coupled with the installation of a 12-ounce bottling line backed up with 10 fermentors, two more full-time workers to man the operational increases and two more delivery trucks.The 12-ounce bottles will join the 22-ounce bombers, party pigs and kegs.Currently, Charlie has targeted growth in Denver, Jefferson, Clear Creek and Arapahoe counties for regional sales.He’s also having some interest piqued out of Arizona and Texas, with visitors who return home and are “demanding our product.”Locally, beer lovers find the BackCountry lineup in the resorts of Keystone, A-Basin, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Vail.Featuring a revised logo for its branding of the BackCountry Brewery offerings of stout, amber and wheat ales, the mountain backdrop and topo map urge beer drinkers to “create your own path.”The logo captures the “spirit of what Summit County is all about,” Charlie says, “where people kinda do their own thing.”That thinking by Charlie and Alan Simons, the brewmaster of four years at BCB, has earned the Frisco-based brewery and restaurant eight medals in the last year, among those from the Great American Beer Fest, which hosts its 31st edition this weekend in Denver, and the recent Colorado State Fair.”It suggests Alan knows what he’s doing,” says Charlie of the BCB beer lineup, which he terms “very approachable,” not pushing the “extreme edge” that some craft beers tend to do.”Alan is customer-centered,” adds Charlie. “He brews beer for the average customer.”He suggests drinking the brewery’s beer “like you drink wine – nurse it.”Charlie bought the BackCountry in 2010 from Woody VanGundy and Anthony Carestia, who had started it back in 1996 as part of their Mount Royal Plaza development.His first foray in to the F&B biz came with the purchase of the long-established, ever-popular Blue Spruce Inn and Saloon from Travis and Annie Holton of Pug Ryan fame.Before that Charlie had been in Centennial, building an extensive career as the COO of three publicly-traded dot.coms.***While out running the other day we chatted with golfer Marie Zdechlik, 87, who was stacking a newly-delivered cord of wood after bagging sawdust and wood chips for Jean Brown, formerly of The Summit, now of Glenwood Springs.In more good news, another southside Frisco resident, Deb Helton, was also out getting ready for winter. The former town clerk and councilperson reports she has successfully completed her chemo regimen to beat colon cancer. Great!As the leaves drop, we say good-bye again to Moe Monigan, a golf fitting and teaching pro at Erroll Miller’s Breckenridge Golf Club, as he heads back to Arizona for the winter.The staff of the 27-hole course held its end-of-the season party at the Steak & Rib the other night.In another social scene, we’ve been in contact with Penny TerHaar of Silverthorne, who started the Summit County Adventure and Social Meetup in July and now boasts over 60 members. “We do a variety of adventure and social events, such as hiking, sailing, bicycling, kayaking, and soon skiing, snowshoeing and other winter activities. In addition we see plays, art and music events,” she says. The website: www.meetup.com/Summit-County-Adventure-and-Social-Club/***Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org.