BEAT THE HEAT: BRECK’S SUMMER HOT SPOTS

As the rest of the country swelters in the summertime scorch, folks in the High Country are comfortably basking in Breck’s inviting warm rays and cool mountain breezes while enjoying activities on the slopes… or, while relaxing on a deck soaking in the views of the slopes…. with a refreshing mixy in hand. Why do these ten short weeks cause Breckenridge-lovers to fall even harder for these perfect peaks? Mother Nature serves up summer in Summit on a silver platter of ideal weather for all who enjoy having fun in the sun (which means there’s no need to roast in unbearable heat or lock yourself away in an air-conditioned basement). Because you guys rock, the BOB staff scrupulously scoured local watering holes and lapped up countless cocktails in the name of research, enabling us to confidently bring you the best of Breck’s summertime bevvys. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, and we would never let you down.

  1. MODIS: Known for being one of the swankier places on Main Street, Modis has one of our favorite roof decks in town. Lounge on one of their comfy couches while you take in the uninhibited views of the mountains. We give their happy hour an A+!
    • Staff Favorites: Butcher Block appetizer and a French 75 cocktail.
  2. SOUTHRIDGE SEAFOOD: Now located in La Cima mall, Southridge is still serving up Breck’s finest seafood, but now boasts one of Breck’s best decks for dining (and drinking). With the only raw bar in Summit County and some of the best happy hour deals, you will want to make sure to stop in. 
    • Staff Favorites: P.E.I. Mussels (their signature dish) and a Watermelon Marg (or three).
  3. BURKE & RILEY’S: Enjoy traditional Irish fare, generously made libations and a second story deck in the heart of town. Burk’s is open late, making it a prime spot for nighttime munchies. This restaurant serves some authentic Irish foods like fish and chips as well as Shepard pie. They hae a large patio with some of the most amazing views of Breckenridge as well. If you’re looking for a great place to eat and mountains scenery, this place is the place to go! 
    • Staff Favorites: Irish Stew entrée and a traditional Moscow Mule.
  4. NAPPER TANDY’S: Warm up by the fireplace, play some pool, get a game of darts going or try to beat our high scores at Big Buck Hunter while enjoying one of town’s most popular spots. Napper’s has one of the tallest, most spacious decks in Breck and is a great spot to catch the sunset. Make sure to check out their sister restaurant downstairs, Salt Creek, for yummy breakfast and classic Irish meals. 
    • Staff Favorites: Chicken Finger Basket and a Green Tea Shot.
  5. BANGKOK HAPPY BOWL: It’s hard not to be happy when you’re admiring mountain views while munching on a plethora of authentic Thai dishes including curry, sushi and wontons. We also enjoy their happy hour pricing and occasional live music.
    • Staff Favorites: Pad Thai and Purple Haze Sake.
  6. BLUE STAG: This local hotspot offers both a back deck to view the sunset on and a front deck with a fire pit, where you can choose to eat or warm up by the fire pit. The Stag is one of the prime places to grab a wood-fired pizza, which is served until midnight. Play a game of stump out front if you’re feeling rowdy!
    • Staff Favorites: N.Y. Buffalo Wings and a nice tall B.Y.O.-LD Fashioned.
  7. FLIPSIDE: Boasting the best burgers in town and three floors of seating plus a full bar and outdoor patio, Breck’s new burger joint is as tasty as they come. The coolest part (pun intended) about Flipside is that they make MILKSHAKES. And, yes, you can get them with booze. As a matter of fact, they list suggested liquor pairings alongside their unrivaled shakes.
    • Staff Favorites: Blueberry Pie Shake (with Huckleberry Vodka) and the Flipside Burger.
  8. RMU TAVERN: Rocky Mountain Underground is definitely Breck’s most popular up and coming bar. Featuring a huge deck with tons of seating in the front and an entire yard to play in with another FULL bar, hammocks, lounge chairs, regular live music, and cornhole out back, you’ll never want to leave. Shop while you sip and enjoy the truly unique ambiance of RMU. Charlie is our favorite bartender and serves tasty drinks!
    • Staff Favorites: BYOF (grab a pizza from Giam’s) and the Ginger Spice cocktail.
  9. ROBBIE’S TAVERN: Nestled on the slopes in the Grand Colorado Resort on Peak 8, Robbies is quickly becoming Breck’s top ski bar and restaurant. Owned by locals who know their stuff, this spot comes complete with a huge deck lined by fireplaces. If you’re grabbing lunch while enjoying Epic Discovery or you’re hitting the bar after a long hike, Robbie’s is the place to go!
    • Staff Favorites: Mac N Cheese (with pulled pork) and their famous Bloody Mary.
  10. KENOSHA: This spot rocks one of the best and biggest decks in town with plenty of seating and Breck’s only horseshoe pits. Bring the whole family down for some fun in the sun while you enjoy their amazing happy hour deals and famous steak.
    • Staff Favorites: Brewhouse pretzels and the Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Ale.

Whether you’re outdoorsy in the sense that you like drinking on patios, or you’re an enthusiastic mountaineering activity junky, the decks of Breck have just the thing to quench any thirst you might work up as you celebrate the locals’ favorite season. This is REALLY good news for those of us who like to keep it cool while sipping on scrumptious seasonal fusions without a care in the world (well, maybe one: reapplying sunscreen after activities… or, in between rounds). It’s time to grab your drinking shoes and maybe even pack some biking, climbing, hiking or water shoes, too. The best time of year in Breck is upon us, and anyone who doesn’t get up here will be thirsty (and sweaty) until those flakes start hitting the ground.

Let Breck Put Some Spring in your Step

Spring Fever in BreckenridgeWarm weather, snow and sunshine-this is what Breckenridge during the spring time is all about. Not only is the combination of warmer weather and snow the perfect recipe for a vacation to the mountains, the live music, Saint Patrick ’s Day festivities, and fun events throughout town make spring in the mountains the most favorable time to come.

The skiing in Breckenridge is like no other in the spring. There is plenty of snowfall this time of year. The average snowfall during this time is around 60 inches! If you love to ride powder, this is the time to visit. The spring brings a lot of sunny days as well. Spend less time warming up in the lodge and more time on the hill!

Saint Patrick’s Day is always an entertaining time to be in Breckenridge. There are tons of specials throughout the pubs in Breckenridge. Watch groups of people dress up and celebrate the holiday as they march throughout Main Street or join the festivities and hit a pub! Burke and Riley’s as well as Salt Creek are some of the local’s favorite places to celebrate this holiday. New this year is “Who’s Your Paddy” 5k race. Awards/prizes will be given for each individual race. Registration goes until 10:30 am the day of the race at the Colorado Mountain College.

After a day of powder grab a bite to eat and drink while enjoying a concert at the bottom of Peak 8. There are also fun giveaways and events going on. Come soak up the fun in the sun and enjoy all the festivities Spring Fever has to offer!

Right off of Main Street, local beer vendors line up with tents full of beer for the Breck Spring Beer Festival! Starting at just $27.50 per person, this event is one you won’t want to miss! Check out some of Breckenridge and Summit Counties finest breweries along Ridge Street, just one block up from Main Street. Make sure to check out the live music, funky costumes, giveaways and family filled activities at this great event! For more information click here!

Spring time in the mountains is by far one of the most exciting times to visit. Click below for a special discounted deal on lodging with lift tickets included!

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Brewing Outside the Box: The Best Breweries in Summit County

Dog at Broken Compass

My friend’s gremlin/dog, Stash

Colorado is home to almost 300 craft breweries, and up in Summit we are lucky enough to have some of the best. After visiting all of the breweries in Summit County and taste-testing all of the beer, I have compiled a list of my favorites. I just have to say, I really enjoyed doing all of this research.

Broken Compass | Breckenridge, CO

This place is awesome; delicious beer, a chill ski-town vibe, good people, and you can even bring your pup! The Broken Compass has only been open for 16 months, but they are crushing it! They usually have around 12 different beers on tap, rotating a few seasonal beers around. I ordered a “flight” of seven different beers, which means I got seven small beer glasses so that I could sample the different beers they offer. In the picture featured above from left to right we have: Hefeweizen, Pumpkin Pie Stout, Coconut Porter, IPA, Double IPA, Ginger Pale Ale, and Chili Pepper Pale Ale.

Here are my thoughts on my two favorites…

Coconut Porter: This one was seriously amazing, which was unexpected because I usually don’t like coconut or porters. I felt transported to a tropical island; it was bliss. This beer tasted like liquid creamy Almond Joy deliciousness in my mouth. I could have drank a whole gallon.

Ginger Pale Ale: Perfect harmonious notes of spicy ginger (not overwhelming, but it’s there on the back of your throat) and also a tart edge. Yum.

The only downside to this place is that there is no food. But in my opinion, that’s not a deal-breaker because their beer makes up for it. If you live in Breckenridge, visiting here, or just passing through, “get lost” and stop by Broken Compass for a few brews and good times.

The Bakers’ Brewery | Silverthorne, CO

Bakers’ is also really new to town. They opened in March of 2015, so it’s been about eight months of business and they are dialed in! The beer is spectacular and the food is amazing (they are even open for breakfast). Seriously this is the place to be. They are also a bakery, (hence the name Bakers’) and create all of the baked goods that you will see on their menu. They usually have around eight beers on tap with a few rotating and seasonal beers. Right now they have Barkin’ Dog Brown Ale, Cotton-Mouth Killer Session IPA, Buzz-Bird Belgian Honey-Wheat, French Silk Stout, Fall Saison, Intense Bike Rider Imperial Belgian Red, Rye’d Open, and Cory’s Crazy Infusion Confusion. Brewmaster, and (probably) genius, Cory, is constantly pushing the limits with creativity and “brewing” outside the box. The Infusion Confusion is his own unique small batch (5 gallons) of madness. In the past, he’s done beer with Tequila soaked black cherry wood chips, pickled jalapeños, rose buds, tart cherries, crushed blueberries, and more. Once the batch is gone, it’s onto the next creation! I ordered a flight of the Cotton-Mouth Killer Session IPA, Rye’d Open, Fall Saison, and the Infusion Confusion which was an Apple Pie Rum Barrel Brown.

Here are my thoughts on my two favorites…

Cotton-Mouth Killer Session IPA: This IPA was light on the hops, and gentle on the palate. A smooth, easy drinker that balanced the bold citrus and herbal flavors perfectly.

Apple Pie Rum Barrel Brown: This was the current Infusion Confusion on tap, and I think it might have been the best beer I’ve ever had. Cory took apple wood chips and soaked them in Captain Morgan, giving this beer multiple dimensions and deep, rich flavors. It was impressive.

This place is super chill, friendly and attentive staff, and the beer and food is on point! Definitely make a stop here if you are up in the Summit County area.

Bakers' Brewery

Bakers’ Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub | Breckenridge, CO

Breckenridge Brewery is Summit County’s oldest brewpub, opening its doors back in 1990.  It is the perfect destination if you want hand-crafted beer, good food, and an unbeatable ambiance. It’s a great location right in town with a lot of room inside! This isn’t your typical bar food either, they step the elegance factor up a bit in this category. Breck Brewery usually has eight beers on tap at a time. When I went there, they had Kensho Kölsh, Agave Wheat, Pineapple Gose, Belgian Pale Ale, Avalanche Amber Ale, Lucky U-IPA, Vanilla Porter, and Uncle John’s Chili Autumn. I got a flight of all eight… and I approve of all eight. I can’t get enough of that Agave Wheat.

Breckenridge Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery

Dillon Dam Brewery | Dillon, CO

The Dillon Dam Brewery has about 10 beers on tap at a time with some rotating seasonal brews. I have to say, they have some Dam good beer! (Sorry, I had to.) They brew about 1,700 barrels per year making them one of the largest independent brewpubs in the nation! Their food is also on point with a pretty extensive menu. Throughout the week, they have killer good deals on beer and apps making it the place to go if you don’t want to spend a fortune on good craft beer. Dillon Dam also has live music going on every Thursday night which I’m a huge fan of. Thursday night is also ladies night… free half pints and $3 pints, Fireball, and Jagermeister for everyone. Free music AND free brews? Count me in.

Backcountry Brewery | Frisco, CO

Backcountry Brewery has been doing its thing since 1996 and is a well-established brewery and restaurant here in Summit County. There is a section of the restaurant with super comfortable couches and a cozy fireplace. Perfect place to kick your boots off, relax, get some food, and drink award-winning craft beer after a full day of skiing. This brewery has won countless awards over the years in all sorts of beer competitions. To name a few, the Great American Beer Festival, Colorado State Fair, and the North American Brewers Association. They also pair every item on the menu with the type of beer that would go best with that specific dish, which gets a big thumbs up from me.

Pug Ryan’s | Dillon, CO

Pug Ryan’s has also been around for a while, starting up in 1997 and still going strong to this day. They also have many award winning beers including their Peacemaker Pilsner, the Scottish Ale, and their seasonal Helles Bock. They also have another location, which is a part of their restaurant (but with a different menu) called the Tiki Bar which is located at the Lake Dillon Marina! It is an awesome spot with unparalleled views, especially if you get there around dinner time to watch the sun set behind the mountains.

 

I bet you really want a cold one now… I know I do!

Is it happy hour yet?

 

Cheers!

 

Brewmaster Cory and myself at Bakers’ Brewery