Backcountry Brewery

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery

710 Main Street
Frisco, Colorado, 80443
United States

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madbrewer9 from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Cool brewpub. Nice view of the mountains! Service was very good. Bison burger was great. Had the porter, imp saison and breakfast stout. All very solid beers. The breakfast stout is the one of the most outstanding low abv stouts I've tasted. Brewers A.J. and Owen were great, enjoyed doing a bottle share with them.

Aug 26, 2016
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SalukiAlum from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9%

I really like this place especially for happy hour!! Happy hour is 6 days a week from 3-6 and they have killer deals. There were 3 of us and our bill was $45 and we had many beers and 3 appetizers. Solid beers, I really enjoyed the DIPA, Breakfast Stout and Amber this trip. Food was very good too. The service was good, especially considering how busy they were. We camped about 5 minutes from the brewery next to the lake. Easily my favorite brewery right off the I70.

Sep 12, 2014
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere - reminds me of a ski condo resort. nice and cozy inside with lots of space. doesn't remind me of a brewery. more focus on the food here.

Quality - nothing that really stood out for me here.

service - very good server

selection - lots of beers to choose from. again, nothing overwhelming.

food - sad that the food was my favorite part of the brewery

overall - good place. I enjoyed the DIPA and the Berlinerweiss quite a bit. I would go back if I was skiing.

Aug 12, 2014
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Domingo from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Yes, yes...I should probably be tarred and feathered for not making it up here sooner. As a long-time fan of the beers, it's been on my list for a long time. I've stopped reviewing, but will make an exception since I should have been up here in 2009.
Located right off of HWY9, it's easy to reach from either direction (Breckenridge or I70) and is right on the corner of Main street. The restaurant/bar is on the second floor and brewing operations are on the first.
The first thing you'll notice is that the place is massive. High ceilings, a large bar area, a big dining room, a patio, and a special "fireside lounge" area for events. It's designed to look like a ski lodge, which is pretty fitting.
For food, they do burgers, pizza, and baskets of tacos and fish. Of the four of us, we went for a couple different kinds of fish and a burger. All were great and the fried fish were breaded with the house wheat and pils beers. Normally I'd shrug that off, but the breading was wonderful.
What about the beers, right? Backcountry makes year-round version of a a pale ale (which is bordering on an IPA), wheat, pils, amber, and porter. All are great, and even if you think you've had those styles - try them. They're industry benchmarks. Seasonally they also had a mild breakfast stout, a weizenbock, a berliner, and they had a little bit of maerzen left. These will feed into your inner geek while still staying 100% true to style and hanging with the best examples of those beers, too. As a German beer aficionado, the weizenbock and maerzen both spoke to me like few versions do. Finally, they offer 12oz bottles, party pigs, and multi-packs to go.
If you're anywhere near Frisco, this is where you need to go.

Oct 26, 2013
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped by the brewery to get some pizza and beer after a day hiking 14'ers. The beer hit the spot of course and they had a couple special taps in addition to their regular lineup. We ordered a pesto pizza and I was pretty underwhelmed by it despite being starved. Service was good and the prices were very reasonable. I would definitely stop by for beers but I might think twice about ordering a pizza again.

Oct 02, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

really neat place, looks like an old ski lodge with exposed rafters and a big comfortable leather furniture setup and fireplace. lots of windows bright and sunny. empty though on a Thursday afternoon. there were about 8 beers on tap, all of which were passable, a few of which were exceptional. bartender was super nice and very very generous with the samples. we didn't eat, but the food looked pretty solid that other people were eating. a very comfortable place to drink beer. the double ipa was the pick for me, really heady and dank, bitter and big. things were fairly cheap too, priced to move. bombers were only $3.25, and all the beers we had came out to less than 20 bucks. this is a place I will definitely go back to. its not the best beer in the world, but the price is right and the vibe is good. definitely one of our favorite brewery stops along i70 passing through Colorado to Utah.

Mar 13, 2013
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here to visit Alan after a beer fest in Dillon. A cross between deck-house, lodge and cabin feel. High wood ceilings and nice open spaces provides comfort and some privacy. Big leather chairs and couches up front affords some chillaxing time with a nice brew.
They had a handful of beers on tap, and you can purchase bottles, 'pigs', and kegs to go. A couple of separate rooms for dining and a long upper deck/patio.

I had the Lumberjack pizza and it was quite good. Pretty good price and great service, although there weren't many people there for lunch on a sunday.

Beers were nice as always. Had a good time and toured the brewing facility. A must stop in Dillon/Frisco

Jun 28, 2011
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bditty187 from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I'm going to be honest... I've been to this place twice. Never opened the food menu and I've never opened the beer menu. I know they have a good IPA. Otherwise, I've walked up the stairs to the bar, found a seat and asked the bartender what the seasonal/special release beers are. I've been happy with every offering. My previous visit I enjoyed a barleywine and Imperial Stout. On my most recent visit the Breakfast Stout was really tasty!

On both trips it wasn't busy but the service was been very good. I like the vibe of the place, rustic, lots of wood, great views of the lake and mountains. Backcountry fits the feel/look of Frisco very well and is a great stop.

One of these trips we need to skip Dillon and eat here. I would love to give write a more in-depth review but my stops have been in and out.

They do offer beer to go but no growlers per the bartender, party pigs an 22oz bottles of IPA and a couple others. Good prices.

If you are in the area, please stop. It is worth it!

Jan 12, 2011
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A huge building at the end of downtown Frisco. Unfortunately most of the building is other shops and not all brewpub. The actual pub is upstairs. It is a spacious room with a view of Peak One. A great atmosphere, but really its hard to screw up atmosphere in Summit County. The beers are all good quality. I had the Wheeler Wheat, Peak One Porter, Breakfast Stout, Expedition ESB and Telemark IPA. No complaints about any of them. Service was good. It wasn't particularly crowded on an early Saturday afternoon. They had 6 or 7 beers on tap. I would like to see more brews on tap but they do bottle bombers and will fill a growler if you bring your own. I did not try the food. This is a good beer destination in Frisco (really, the only one).

Mar 01, 2010
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soupermirl from Mississippi

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Nice brewpub with updated features and good location. I had the sampler. Some really good beers, some decent. The Pilsner was like any other Pilsner. Good, but nothing special. The wheat was fairly good, but I'm not a big wheat fan. It reminded me of blue moon. The stout was like coffee, very tasty as was the porter. The porter was more like a stout, and the stout was like a coffed stout. The amber was very pleasing, standard amber. The IPA had a great hop aroma, but was lacking in the Hops taste department. And the Barley Wine was just delicious, with a very good hoppy finish. Food was good, service was good. Nice place to finish off the day after whitewater rafting.

Aug 13, 2009
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HeroJH from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

They have an arcade room! And it has Ms. Pac-Man in it. And they serve pizza. So right there, this was a great bit of nostalgia for me as growing up, that was the best thing ever.

It's in a great location. They have a pretty nice menu. I had the fish tacos which were good/ok. My wife had the chili which was good/ok.

The amount of beers they have is great. Excellent variety there.

The atmosphere is nice. The inside feels fun and family like and they have a nice porch out the back with some nice views. It's on the upper floor. Neat view of their brewing equipment which extends from the first to second floor in a glass room.

The service was just ok. She did that thing which I hate where they drop off the check and say "whenever you're ready" even though I actually wanted more food an beer. Out of principal, I pay and leave when that happens, I don't know why. She seemed to just be 'summer help' though and I find anywhere you go where high school and college kids are working while they aren't in school all customer service suffers. The hostess was really nice though, and the bartenders seemed cool.

The bar area was a really really nice cozy corner with an amazing view of the lake and harbor. Really nice!

I'll totally go back and I'd recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to take my kids there and have them play arcade games, come back when the pizza is ready, and then go back to play games, and repeat. Just like I used to.

Jul 09, 2009
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johnyeast from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was really impressed with Backcountry Brewery. The waiter/ bartender was great. Very attentive and personable. The beer was good. I had the porter and the IPA. Wife had the Wheat. I am always hesitant with Brew Pubs any more. All of the beers that we had were good. The food was also really good. We had the Greek Pizza and shared a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Very Tasty. I would highly recommend this place. Great after skiing and also a great view of the mountains while you have a beer and food. Located on Main street in Frisco, so very easy...

Feb 26, 2009
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chuckd123 from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A regular stop en route to Breckenridge for me. Huge place, good beers, good food and great service. Telemark IPA is excellent, as is the breakfast stout. Had a couple of their ambers (not a huge amber fan in general), which was very drinkable, but will stick to their IPA. Good beer to go also, they have these crazy pig shaped to-go's. Pay a deposit and drop the empty off on the way back to the airport.

Very good brewery with good pub food and excellent service. Right on the way to Breckenridge (Route 9 South). Stop by if you're in the area.

Oct 19, 2008
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jayrod20 from Texas

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A great out of the way place to visit if you ever have to endure the beautiful spring drinking in the rockies while your boss pays for a hotel for you. Of course he was getting a couple hours of work. The atmosphere itself is a little to be desired but the pizza was fantastic and seemed like a great place to hang out every night. I was there at the end of May and the beer selection was great with a great variety from the bitter hoppiness to the smooth and creamy. I look forward to going back so I can enjoy the breweries as much as the atmosphere surrounding this place.

Jan 24, 2008
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hiikeeba from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by on the way to Vail. Easy to find. We got there a little before noon, and most people were watching the game in the bar. We were seated and ordered a sampler. I ordered the BBQ sandwich.

The beers were good. The Wheat beer was great, and the breakfast stout was excellent. I Should have skipped the sampler and gone straight for the stout.

Service was good, delivery was fast, and the food was very good. It's too bad I only get to Colorado every decade or so. I want to come back here.

Sep 09, 2007
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CTBadger from Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stopped in for just a tasting in our travels from Vail to Great Sand Dunes National Park. By far the hit of the tastings was the Breakfast Stout and my wife was quite positive on the Wheeler Wheat. Service was attentive although we rolled in right as they opened so we had the bar to oursevles. The location was easy to find and the decor was nice - mountain lodge-like with open beams and such.

The other beers on the sampler were good, none were outstanding but none were of poor quality either. We didn't try the food so no comment there.

Bottom line: A solid brewpub worthy of a visit.

Aug 13, 2007
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in the day before thanksgiving. This place is located in a great location, views of the nearby lake (dillon?) & mountains were great, along with the inspired rustic interior

Overall beer quality was good, nothing earth shattering, but all good

Service was great & the waiter really worked on pointing the seasonals out & giving great descriptions

7 beers on tap to include a saison & a winter warmer (yum)

Food selection was good, but my chicken fried steak was pretty average. Should've done the wood fired pizza

Thought this place was a bit steep. I did like the $2.79 take-away bombers. This was a nice stop, I still prefer dillon dam brewery, but a this is a very nice option

Nov 27, 2006
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biking4beer from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Pretty nice place. We had a really good server that was very accommodating. He even hooked us up a bit.

I almost went with the Pilsner because it won a silver at the GABF this year. Decided on the seasonal Saison. Not going to review it because I didn't pay a lot of attention to it, but it was crystal clear. Not the image I have of a Saison. The Belgium yeast flavor was pretty light. It was decent, drinkable beer.

The salad bar here was pretty good. Shared an order of wings with a friend. Was a little disappointed because these weren't buffalo style. They were just fried and served with a side of buffalo sauce and ranch.

Our server definitely took this place above average for my review. I would go back to try some of their other beers. Want to try the IPA.

Oct 16, 2006
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briman from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Visited Backcountry this past week. Only went for the beer, so sat in the bar area. Decent atmosphere. I tried 4 beers overall, my favorite being the Breakfast Stout (which was also the reason I went in the first place). Out of the maybe 5 coffee flavored beers I've tried this is the best I've had so far. Also tried the Telemark IPA, Peak One Porter, and a season I think was called Spiced English Brown. All good, and all beers I would have again...especially since I bought bottles of them to take home. Only complaint is they've stopped growler sales, and since Breakfast Stout isn't bottled, I couldn't take one of my favorite beers home...and being from out of state, that was quite a dissapointment.

Mar 19, 2006
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benito from Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Amongst the handful of brewpubs in Summit County, Backcountry may just be the most dependable for good beer and food.

Within the last two years, they renovated the building that they're in and opened up a huge banquet-ready dining room upstairs. Downstairs, their bar, all wood with booth seating, stools, and plent of TVs has the quaint feeling of an apres-ski lodge, without all of the clunky ski boots.

The menu is a mix of pub grub and pizza, the latter of which is their specialty and quite tasty. Their selection of beers rotates with good frequency, and they commonly have 8 offerings on tap. Over many (10+) visits in the last two years, I've tried the field and highly recommend the Telemark IPA as well as some of the seasonals, like their Smoked Beer and Breakfast Stout.

A solid, fun place to swing through if you're ever in Summit County: strongly recommended.

Nov 22, 2005
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rowew from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice convenient location if you are on you're way home from Breckenridge - or not too far off of 70 if you're coming from somewhere else. We came on a weekday afternoon so there was no crowd to speak off. Ordered a sampler that included 6 large size samples. Enjoyed all of their regular beers very much - wasn't as thrilled about the special Smoked Ale that was the seasonal. The food downstairs is standard pub fare for the most part. I had a tasty steak sandwich and the burgers looked good too. Upstairs is a more upscale steakhouse I think - haven't tried that. All in all very enjoyable.

Jan 10, 2005
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Gavage from Nevada

3.86/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Jumped off of I-70 to head towards Breckenridge when we passed this establishment. I was curious so we went inside. We found a long line of people waiting for tables, but spotted 2 open seats at the bar. The bar was small and bartender was too busy to take our beer order for almost 10 minutes. There were 5 beers on tap and the ABV and IBUs were prominently displayed. Every table was occupied and the place was also quite loud with happy patrons. There were plenty of TVs too. As we left I noticed a second floor which also had tables and another bar - which wasn't open. Very strange for the large Saturday afternoon crowd. There was also a patio with some tables. The IPA and Amber I tasted were of good quality and quite tasty. Definitely worth my stopping to satisfy the curiousity I had. It is only a minute from the I-70 exit for Frisco / Breckenridge.

Aug 13, 2003
Backcountry Brewery in Frisco, CO
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