On Saturday, July 9th, Breckenridge Brewery celebrated its 21st birthday in style by throwing a party at their Denver production facility.
The festivities included everything that someone could possibly want on their 21st birthday, food, friends, live music and most importantly...beer. For only $21, part goers had unlimited access to all the food, beer and entertainment they could handle.
Prior to even pulling up to the brewery, you could smell the BBQ in the air as they had a full spread of food, including a pig roast to ensure that no one got hungry. To keep us all entertained throughout the day and into the evening, there were 3 live bands in the back lot of what is aptly named “The Avalanche Ranch”. As well as the boys from Colorado Craft Beer Radio, who were broadcasting live from the party. In addition, the brewery itself was opened up and made available to allow everyone a chance to wander around and meet the brewers as well as learn about the inner workings of its operation.
As much fun as the party was, the highlight of the afternoon was the opportunity to try some extremely rare Breckenridge brews that were made or tapped just for this special occasion.
The most popular of these beers was a small batch ESB simply called “20”. It was made specifically for their anniversary celebration. The name “20” comes from the fact that it took their entire 20th year to make this beer, as it condition for 6-months and was then aged in Stranahan Whiskey Barrels for an additional 6 months. Some of the other rare beers that were made available included a firkin of Buddha's Hand Ale, a Double Vanilla Porter, as well as some of their more traditional small batch series.
After getting our fill of food and beer, it was back to the party to finish off the evening listening to headlining band, The Colorado Goat Ropers Guild, which is fronted by the Breckenridge Brewery Warehouse Manager. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the afternoon and am just happy that Breckenridge is now old enough to actually drink some of the wonderful beers that have made them so popular. I am already looking forward to next year.