There is no better place to enjoy a hand crafted brew than on the deck in Breckenridge, CO. I have never felt closer to the sun!- Katelyn McCunniff, annual visitor to Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge, Colorado (PRWEB) August 24, 2014
Most people who visit Colorado enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, rafting and other outdoor activities. However, there is something else the wonderful state is known for; famous craft brews! These beers are brewed throughout many towns in Colorado at seemingly endless craft breweries. Ski Country Resorts, a vacation rental company in Breckenridge, CO, embraces everything that Summit County has to offer. For that reason exactly, they are offering a special that celebrates the Breweries right in the backyard of beautiful Breckenridge. Calling all beer hunters and occasional tasters to discover the best craft brews with Ski Country Resorts in Breckenridge. The lodging special offered by Ski Country is 20% off any property for stay dates between August 13 - November 21 (*restrictions and blackout dates apply). This special must be booked by September 2, so get busy and book your stay today! Book online at http://www.skicountry.com or call Ski Country Resorts directly at 800-633-8388.
Enough about that incredible Breckenridge lodging deal, let’s look at the breweries that are unique to Summit County, CO.
Sit back and enjoy the Coconut Porter from one of the newest breweries, Broken Compass. This robust porter is loaded with so much roasted organic coconut, local Garrett Shelton, of Breckenridge, says, “the Coconut Porter will transport you to a tropical island.” For those who are feeling a little more daring there’s also the Chili Pepper Pale Ale which combines five types of chili peppers! It is an easy to drink, smooth beer that has all the flavor and aroma of spicy chilies without the deep burn. Broken Compass’s mission is to provide quality beers to a quality town. Perhaps a new favorite will be amongst one of the many specialty brews offered by the Broken Compass.
Next up is the Breckenridge Brewery which is known for its Vanilla Porter as well as the Avalanche amber ale. The Vanilla Porter is an ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure. To make the Avalanche, the brewers blend pale and caramel malts with just a touch of bittering hops to create a refreshing-but-flavorful, anytime beer. Aromas of pale grains, a semi-sweet middle and a clean-as-Colorado snow finish make the Avalanche the Breckenridge Brewery’s best-selling beer. This brewery has grown from a small 3,000-barrel-a-year brewpub into one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. Enjoy a taste of history in the original location in Breckenridge!
Just “next door” in Frisco, there is the Back Country Brewery where it’s highly recommended to try the delicious Breakfast Stout. This is a milk stout (lactose is put in the boil) in which the brewers add locally roasted Guatemalan and Costa Rican coffees. Coincidentally, these coffees are roasted at the Rocky Mountain Coffee Roaster on Main Street in Breckenridge! The beer is full bodied and has a milky and caramel sweetness, followed by a mild roast from roasted barley, plus the coffee. Milk Stout’s not really desirable? That’s okay! This brewery also offers a tasty Pale Ale which was formerly known as the Telemark IPA. This is the Back Country’s gold medal winner and has a very characteristic copper color from a blend of lightly kilned malts coupled with distinctive bitterness and flavor from Washington State’s finest hops. This brew is a true Representation of a British Classic. When this recipe was originally created in 1996, it was an IPA, but now fits better in the Pale Ale category. The classification changed from an IPA to a Pale Ale because of the evolving hops profile. Despite the name change, it is still the same great taste and product.
Pug Ryan’s in Dillon has received many awards at various beer competitions and has garnered over 18 medals throughout the years. Just to name a few: silver medals for the Pallavicini Pilsner from the Great American Beer Fest and the North American Beer Awards in 2009. The Scottish Ale won a gold medal at the 2008 Colorado State Fair and a silver medal at the 2011 NABA, and the seasonal Helles Bock won a silver medal at the Craft Brewers Fest and a Gold Medal at the 2010 Great American Beer Fest.
Last but not least is the Dillon Dam Brewery. Located in Dillon, this brewery is known for the DAM IPA. This brew is dedicated to hop heads and has a spicy grapefruit aroma which leads the charge to a pile of spicy, earthy and slightly citrusy happiness that totally dominates the subtle, yet complex, toasty-biscuit malt balance in this reddish brown ale. It is also recommended to try the Sweet George’s Brown, which won bronze at the World Beer Cup in 2012. It’s a creamy, English style ale which is brewed with a variety of brown and caramel malts. It is lightly hopped and finishes with a hint of chocolate in its flavor and aroma. The Dillon Dam is one of the largest Brewpubs in the nation and one of the best family restaurants in Summit County, so go get lost in some delicious craft beer and food!
Yet, there is no need to be a beer connoisseur to enjoy all of the breweries in Summit County. There are options for those who just want to dabble in the deliciousness. Sign up for the Summit County Brewery Tour and combine education with fun while being shuttled door-to-door to four local breweries in Summit County. Do the drinking and let someone else do the driving to enjoy a pint of tasty beer at each pub. Another suggestion is to visit Ollie’s Pub and Grub, which only has Colorado brews on tap, in either Breckenridge or Frisco. Those who are looking to add a little physical activity into the drinking extravaganza can also rent the Breckenridge Bike Bus. Pedal around Breckenridge and enjoy the scenery with good friends. Finally, it is worth a visit to Breckenridge for the Breckenridge Oktoberfest! Enjoy the fun as Main Street transforms into Munich and fills with people looking to enjoy the outdoors, friends, German bands and food, and of course delicious craft brews (*20% not valid during Oktoberfest weekend)!
So grab the friends, family or make it a staycation and get to Breckenridge. There is no better or more beautiful place to discover a potential favorite craft brew. Remember, Ski Country Resorts is offering the lodging special to give a little extra spending money for those tall pints.
Ski Country Resorts: http://www.skicountry.com
Summit County Brewery Tour: http://sucobrewtour.com/
Breckenridge Bike Bus: http://www.breckenridgebikebus.com/
GoBreck (Oktoberfest): http://www.gobreck.com/events/breckenridge-oktoberfest
Broken Compass Brewery: http://www.brokencompassbrewing.com/
Breckenridge Brewery: http://www.breckbrew.com/agegate
Pug Ryan’s: http://pugryans.com/
Dillon Dam Brewery: http://www.dambrewery.com/
Back Country Brewery: http://www.backcountrybrewery.com/
Ollie’s Pub & Grub: http://www.olliespub.com/