Summit Suds: Where to play pub trivia in Summit County

It's smiles all around at trivia night on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at HighSide Brewery in Frisco.
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I am, unabashedly, a nerd. I watch “Jeopardy” nightly and hopped on that “HQ Trivia” bandwagon early on in the app’s lifecycle. I like to think of myself as a perpetual student because I’m in the business of asking questions and writing for a living. So it should be no surprise that I love the marriage of fermented drinks and crafty quizzes.

While various bars and restaurants also have trivia, if you wish to play at one of Summit County’s breweries, here’s the guide for you. The monthly contest at the Dillon Dam Brewery is the only one I regularly attend since it fits my schedule the best, but I wish I could go to all of them.

Angry James Brewing Co.
421 Adams Ave., Silverthorne

Gather up a team of six of your smartest friends for Angry James’ weekly Thursday trivia. From 7–9 p.m., host Grant Mckay will ask four 10-question rounds to test your wits. Halfway through the match is a bonus question that isn’t worth any points but rather a free flight of beer.

The team that finishes the evening in first place gets a $30 gift card, second gets a $15 gift card, and third gets a gift card for a car wash.

Broken Compass Brewing
68 Continental Court, Unit B12, Breckenridge

At 7 p.m. every Tuesday, people can head to Broken Compass for four rounds of trivia with 10 questions per round asked by Reid Bartelt. Some rounds have audio or visual components and popcorn is awarded at the second round by answering number-related questions — for example, how long is the Gobi Desert? — with the closest figure. The team that comes in first place is awarded a $25 gift card while second place receives $15 and third gets $10.

Dillon Dam Brewery
100 Little Dam St., Dillon

On the third Thursday of every month, Dillon Dam bartender Steven Agostinelli asks five rounds of tough trivia questions. A basic round of 10 questions starts the evening at 9 p.m., and its followed by audio and visual rounds before returning to the regular format. Whoever gets the most correct each round receives a card redeemable for a free pint of beer.

The Dillon Dam Brewery hosts trivia night at 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.
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Things heat up in the final round, when contestants are asked to list as many answers to the question they think are correct, such as naming the top 10 scoring basketball players of all time, yet any incorrect answer given results in negative points. The top three teams receive gift cards for $10, $15 and $25.

People and their furry companions enjoy trivia night on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at HighSide Brewery in Frisco.
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HighSide Brewing
720 Main St., Frisco

Trivia can be found at HighSide Brewing at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Hosted by locals Ward Malek and Brett Lomoro, teams play six rounds of general knowledge questions, including a visual round and a bonus round where points are wagered. While the top three teams expectedly receive HighSide gift cards ranging from $5-$20, a unique twist is that a free flight of beer is awarded to whoever has the best and creative team name that week.  

Outer Range Brewing Co.
182 Lusher Court, Frisco

Though not held as regular as it used to be, Outer Range Brewing Co. occasionally hosts trivia nights. They tend to be more like special themed events with various prizes to win since they don’t occur weekly. Keep an eye on the brewery’s social media channels to know exactly when the next game is happening.

Good luck out there, and may the best brain win.

Jefferson Geiger is the arts & entertainment editor for the Summit Daily News and managing editor for Everything Summit. Have a question about beer? Send him an email at

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