Of the six brews on tap, all were very clear and except for the Light, creamy foam heads were the rule. The Mountain Wheat at 60/40, was a light straw color, well carbonated and yielded a pleasant hop aroma and almost tart hop flavor (Saaz). The Breckenridge Light was a medium amber color, owing to the caramel and chocolate malt used, had light carbonation, a malty aroma and a light malt flavor. This one was touted as "The Dark Light Beer." The IPA appeared a clear golden color and showed plenty of carbonation, a hoppy aroma, and a very noticeable hop flavor and aftertaste (dry hopped). The Avalanche was a dark amber color, well carbonated with an attractive hop/malt balance and a memorable hop flavor. The Anniversary Ale, dark amber and well carbonated, had a malty, roasted flavor and aftertaste. The Oatmeal Stout was opaque with a roasted barley aroma, a mild body and an indecisive flavor character between sweet and dry but finished on the dry side.
Now celebrating its two year anniversary, it looks like Breckenridge Brewery & Pub is offering the right mix of food, drink, and atmosphere to attract the skier and non-skier alike and the marketplace is showing its appreciation by strongly supporting the efforts to make this multi-million dollar venture succeed. Brewery souvenirs as well as 22 oz., 5 gallon, and 15.5 gallon "to go" containers are available. Noticeably uncharacteristic for this relatively progressive state, Colorado does not allow Sunday retail sales of quality beer.
Breckenridge Brewery & Pub
600 S. Main Street
Breckenridge, CO. 80424
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - January, 1993