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Try these beers at this weekend’s Frisco BrewSki

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Grab a costume and some friends because the Frisco BrewSki is returning to the Frisco Nordic Center for the first time since 2019. A portion of proceeds benefit Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.
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Grab a costume and some friends because the Frisco BrewSki is returning to the Frisco Nordic Center for the first time since 2019. The beer festival on skis — or snowshoes — invites the community to go from tent to tent on the course to sample Colorado beer while supporting the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.

Registration is $30 for adults and $15 for kids 18 and younger. Visit for more information and to register. The event lasts from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 12, and here’s what people can taste. Beer is available from Odell Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co., but this list focuses on Summit County breweries.

Broken Compass Brewing

Broken Compass will be pouring its Zamba Juice India pale ale and Slope Sipper Kolsch. The kolsch, at 4.3% alcohol by volume, is light, refreshing and perfect for the snowy festival. It’s made with Saaz and Motueka hops, but hop fans will likely grab the Zamba Juice.

Brewed with Zamba hops, the 7% ABV hazy IPA has a velvety body and tropical flavors of mango, pineapple and tangerine. If the sun decides to make an appearance, it will be like an island vacation.

Dillon Dam Brewery

The Dillon Dam Brewery is bringing four choices to please the public with an array of styles. On the lighter end is the Dam Straight Lager that clocks in at 5.3% ABV and features caramel malts and a light hop character.

A step up is the German wheat beer, hefeweizen. It’s 5.7% ABV and has the signature clove and banana esters that the style is known for. Want something darker? Than grab Sweet George’s Brown at 5.8% ABV. A well-balanced, English-style ale, it is lightly hopped and finishes with a hint of chocolate.

The biggest of the bunch is the High Speed Quad, a 10.1% ABV Belgian quadrupel. The strong, dark ale is fruity, floral and dry. Think of it as dessert with notes of caramel, raisins, plum and figs.

Outer Range Brewing Co.

The only collaboration of the event, Mimo, will make an appearance thanks to Outer Range. The Frisco brewery crafted dry-hopped beer with Denver’s Cohesion Brewing Co., which specializes in Czech-style lagers. Expect smooth flavors of biscuit and lemongrass for the 3.8% ABV beer.

The brewery is also bringing a double dry-hopped version one of its more popular beers, the Steezy IPA. It was brewed with Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops to give the beer a profile that blends blueberry, peach and white grape flavors. At 7.2% ABV, it’s one of the stronger beers at the event.

Pug Ryan’s Brewery

More hazy IPAs can be had with Pug Ryan’s version. A little easier to drink at 5.8% ABV, it is brewed with two-row malt, oats and Citra and Azacca hops. Pug Ryan’s will also bring Cerveza Rubia, it’s Mexican lager that is 5.2% ABV. There’s minimal hop bitterness as the Pilsner, Vienna, crystal and chocolate malts balance out the Columbus hops.

Save room for more beer and fun after the festival. Outer Range is throwing a powder party Saturday that features a release of seven beers, music and more. Gore Range Sports will be on-site for ski tunes from 2-6 p.m. and a live DJ will provide different sort of tunes from 3-6 p.m.

At 4 p.m. is a frozen T-shirt challenge. The first person to unfold the frozen shirt and put it on will win a case of beer. Speaking of beer, release highlights include Nuclear Powder, a double IPA brewed with Citra Cryo and Mosaic Cryo hops that have concentrated flavor. Mosaic Cryo hops are also in the Risky Sitch double IPA, which has Strata and Galaxy hops, as well. Prefer sours to IPAs? Then check out Lift Snacks, a smoothie sour made with cherries, bananas, pineapples, chocolate and graham crackers.

Pair the drinks with Bird Craft’s special coconut green curry made with mushrooms and smoked eggplant or chocolate salted caramel dessert.

Jefferson Geiger

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