An eight-glass sampler offers the perfect way to experience each and every brew but takes some time to complete. The Ptarmigan Pilsner, 5.3%, is a clear gold color, well carbonated, its light malty flavor is augmented by mellow hops. The Telemark IPA, at 6%, is a clear gold with a hoppy aroma, medium body and strong bitter flavor and aftertaste. The Switchback Amber, 5.4%, has a light malty flavor with a detracting sour character. The Expedition ESB, 5.3%, is a dark gold color with a full body and slightly sour, malty flavor. The Peak One Porter, 6%, is a clear dark amber with a sweet, caramel/malty flavor, medium body and dry finish. The Breakfast Coffee Stout appears filtered and offers an intense coffee aroma and flavor along with a full mouthfeel and big body. The Oktoberfest Lager is a clear amber with a slightly "sour" aroma, medium body, malty sweet flavor and short finish. Another regular usually available is the Fall Line Blackberry Brown Ale. Prices are a reasonable $3 for a 22 ounce "pint", $1 per five ounce sample and $23.50 for a party pig. A happy hour Fridays offers $2 pints from 4 to 7 p.m. and $8 pitchers 10 to 12 p.m.
Common pub fare is featured with Backcountry Grill entrées in addition to Bratwurst, Burgers and Sandwiches. Munchies run $5 to $16 with a sampler available for $16. California wines and a full liquor selection complement the menu. Doors open at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. While the air hockey and video games tend to attract the younger generation of chain smokers, there is plenty of room upstairs to enjoy the food, beers and mountain vistas of Summit County within the confines of Backcountry Brewery. The modern layout is also fairly "wheelchair friendly." Be sure to rent your ski condo close by on your next visit.
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