Craft Spirits Festival

Breckenridge Craft Spirits: 5th Annual Still on the Hill Festival October 24 - 26, 2014

Fri, 10/24/2014 to Sun, 10/26/2014

Fall is the season for cooler temperatures, changing leaves and the Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival. The first of its kind in the state, the festival features small-batch distillers, artisan spirit seminars, fine local cuisine and of course, plenty of sampling.

“Those familiar with microbrewing will be pleased to discover that the same care and quality is happening within the craft spirits industry, both in Colorado and across the nation,” said BRA president Ken Nelson. “Colorado has a particularly liberal distilling environment and that’s key to the recent boom. Still on the Hill celebrates the diversity resulting from that boom and we’re excited to welcome a variety of talented craft distillers to Breckenridge.”

Friday – October  24th

Preston Ghost Town & Gold Mine Tour – 10 am, $30 for adults, $10 for kids (lunch included).  Make reservations by Thursday evening- weather dependent.
 
Historic Saloon Tour
Walking tour highlighting the historic brewing, distilling and saloon features of Breckenridge’s mining heritage.  This walk will be hosted by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance; 5 pm departure from the Breckenridge Welcome Center, Blue River Plaza, $15.
 
Shot Glass Art-
Create your own personalized shot glasses! 6-8 pm, Ceramic Studio, 125 S. Ridge Street in the Breckenridge Arts District. Come by and watch local artists throw shot glasses off of a large hump of clay. During the demonstration you are invited to personalize your own pre-made ceramic shot glass using our colorful glazes. Your creation will be fired that night and ready for pick up on Saturday, October 25th during open studio hours from 5-8 pm. $5, includes all materials, first to come, first to get creative! Questions- call 970-453-3364 or visit breckcreate.org.
 
Fifth Annual Poker Run & Bar Mix-off (new this year!)– 5 pm – close.  
Featuring the saloons, restaurants and taverns of Breckenridge, contestants will depart on self-guided tours of the various establishments.  Contestants will draw playing cards at their stops and then present their best 5-card hand the following day at the Poker Showdown to be held at the Still on the Hill Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 25th, Riverwalk Center, 4–7 pm. Bar Mix-off– Sampling of Breck bartenders’ creativity, featuring a cocktail throwdown among local mixoligists, utilizing craft spirits as their base. No need to sign up for either of these elements. Participating restaurants/bars: Apres Handcrafted Libations, Breckenridge Brewery, Briar Rose Chophouse, Burke & Riley’s, Downstairs at Eric’s, Empire Burger, Fatty’s Pizzeria, Gold Pan Saloon, Hearthstone, Jake’s, Mi Casa, Modis, Motherloaded, Ollie’s Pub, Salt Creek/Napper Tandy’s.
 

Saturday – October  25th

 
Spirited Cooking at CMC- 12- 2 pm.
Join chefs Ian Buchanan and Doug Schwartz for a demo cooking class featuring spirits. How to make a beverage edible? Enjoy the lesson and three-course lunch. Hosted in the teaching kitchen at Colorado Mountain College on Airport Road. Head on over to the Distillery Open House afterwards- the shuttle can take you or it is walking distance. $50 per person, must pre-register, limited seats.
 
Breckenridge Distillery Open House – 1-3 pm at their expanded Airport Road Distillery.  
Take the Yellow route of the Breckenridge Free Ride bus system or take Summit Express from the Riverwalk Center.
 
Still on the Hill, Grand Tasting –Riverwalk Center, 4-7 pm.
The premier craft spirits tasting in Colorado- it is just a blast.  29 of the finest distillers share their talents.  Fun times, artisan snacks and the finest spirits!  Acoustic music by the Honey Gitters. People’s choice voting for distillers. You must be 21 years old to enter, tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of and benefit the Breckenridge Restaurant Association Scholarship Fund.
 
Gold Pan After-Party – 9 pm,
Awesome, galactic bluegrass by the Honey Gitters.  Gold Pan Saloon, N. Main St.
 

Sunday – October 26th

Hangover Brunch
Various restaurants around town will be featuring craft-spirit cocktails and brunch menus and feature football on many screens too. Participating bars/restaurants: Breckenridge Brewery, Burke & Riley’s, Downstairs at Eric’s, Fatty’s, Gold Pan, Jake’s, La Francaise, Mi Casa, Modis, Motherloaded, Ollie’s Pub, Salt Creek Steakhouse.
 
Breckenridge Historic Walking Tour – Discover the treasures of Breckenridge’s National Historic District. Breckenridge Welcome Center, 11 am and 1:30 pm, $10.
 

Take advantage of lodging specials and celebrate Colorado’s thriving craft spirits industry with a poker run, restaurant deals, bar tours and more.

Two-bedroom condos starting at $152/night will be offered throughout the month of October as part of Still on the Hill and fall leaf-viewing season.

Produced by the Breckenridge Restaurant Association