Breckenridge Ski Trip – The Beer Highlights

We started off the weekend in Breckenridge, CO with dinner at the Breckenridge Brewery.  Decent grub and a solid array of beers available on tap, all of which are brewed on site.  Before I entered the brewpub, I thought their signature beer, Avalanche Ale (American Amber, 5.41% abv) ,was hands down my favorite. I’d tried and enjoyed Avalanche on many occasions, both in Chicago and previous trips to Colorado. After sampling a few other beers over the course of the evening, the Trademark Pale (American Pale Ale 5.7% abv) and Agave Wheat (4.2% abv) quickly moved to the top of my Breck Brewery list.

Really enjoyed the Easy Street Wheat (4.6% abv) and 90 Shilling (5.5% abv) from Odell Brewing Co.  We didn’t make it to the Fort Collins brewery, but picked up some bottles for the condo.

Last, but certainly not least, I was excited to finally get my hands on Dale’s Pale Ale (6.5% abv) – the first canned craft beer in the country. Yes, canned and yes, craft beer.  I wouldn’t be the first to say I was skeptical and wouldn’t be the first to say I was instantly converted into a believer of canned craft beer.  When are the good people at Oskar Blues Brewery shipping Dale’s Pale Ale cans to Chicago?  Also anxiously waiting for 21t Amendment’s Bree Free or Die! IPA (San Francisco) cans to hit the shelves in the Windy City.  What are your other favorite canned craft beers?

‘Til next time, Colorado…


Breckenridge Brewery

Odell Brewing Co.

Oskar Blues Brewery (Dale’s Pale Ale)

21st Amendment Brewery (Bree Free or Die! IPA)


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