August Brewery of the Month-Breckenridge Brewery
My brewery of the month for August takes us to Colorado to a little brewpub founded in Breckenridge. Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 by a gentleman named Richard Squire, he had the desire to ski all day drink great beer at night. The only problem was that in the early 90′s, there were very few micro brewpubs in the area!
Breckenridge now has multiple restaurant/brewpubs and a brewing facility in Denver where their annual production is almost 30,000 barrels! (each barrel is approximately 32 gallons) Breckenridge produces 6 year-round beers, 4 seasonal beers and 4 small batch specialty beers. Here is a sneak peek at four of their most popular year-round beers!
AVALANCHE ALE: Avalanche is Breckenridge’s flagship brew, it has a golden amber color and a mild hint of hops for just a note of citrus. This medium bodied beer has great flavors of sweet caramel malt with a fresh, clean finish. Try with burgers or BBQ ribs.
LUCKY U IPA: Lucky U is a great IPA that has a little more balance and is not overpowered by the hops. Aromas of citrus and floral notes lead you into a mouthful of flavor that is very smooth and rich. Try with chili or hearty stews.
VANILLA PORTER: Brewed with vanilla beans from Madagascar, this brew is almost like dessert in a bottle! You get flavors of chocolate, vanilla and roasted nuts blended with a creamy texture that is pure delight. Breckenridge recommends mixing 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream and 1/2 bottle of their Vanilla Porter in a blender to make a milkshake!
OATMEAL STOUT: Brewed with oat flakes, which give this beer a creamy texture, and a handful of other dark malt to give this beer flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. While it is full bodied and black as the night, don’t let it scare you away, this Oatmeal Stout will be enjoyed by everyone who tries it.
Here is a recipe that Breckenridge provides for making “Oatmeal Stout BBQ Sauce.”
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 mustard
- 1/2 chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup Breckenridge Oatmeal Stout
For more information or directions to one of Breckenridge’s Breweries visit their website at: http://www.breckenridgebrewery.com/