Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival
July 16, 2018 / By: Julie Howsmon
What screams “Colorado” more than a craft beer festival at the base of an iconic ski area? Over a week has passed since Breckenridge’s Summer Beer Festival. The hangovers have subsided, leaving us reminiscent of hoppier days. The turnout was impressive and we were blown away by the turnout of breweries and beer drinkers alike.
We had eagerly awaited this day hopheads would gather to drink from taps, brimmed with brews for every palate. Hundreds of attendees traded their mountain bikes, fishing rods and running shoes for mini beer mugs and pretzel necklaces.
Most breweries in attendance were from the great state of Colorado but there were a few visitors that made guest appearances. One out-of-towner stand out brewery was La Cumbre Brewing Company from Albuquerque, New Mexico which had us feeling like taking a road trip soon to our neighbor state!
Another crowd favorite and growing in popularity, Montucky Cold Snacks from Bozeman, Montana was a huge hit and beer enthusiasts rejoiced with their sessionable 4.1% American Pale Lager. We love their mission to give back 8% of profits to local charities and nonprofits in the outdoor industry. Montucky Cold Snack is the perfect beer for mountain activities you’ll find here in Breckenridge — crack one open after a day of hiking, biking, fishing and exploring the great outdoors.
Cascading mountains provided a picturesque backdrop and the venue was packed to the brim with beer drinkers, observers, children, musicians, and vendors, truly making the event one for all!
We eventually bopped and buzzed our way through all the beer tents, meeting volunteers, brewers and beer enthusiasts elated to be a part of the celebration.
Around 4:30, most breweries had run out of their most popular ale and lager varieties. Judging by attendees’ dance moves and stumblings on the lawn, it was a safe bet to guess whose bellies most of that beer ended up in!
Time ticking, we scurried to a few last vendors and ended up at Breckenridge Brewery from all the way down the street.
After 5 hours of beer tasting our taste buds were content and it was time to head home. It’s safe to call this year’s summer event a success and we can’t wait for the next!