10 Breckenridge Breweries and Happy Hours
Colorado has long been internationally recognized as the ultimate destination for outdoor activities. Now when you travel the world, something else always finds its way into the conversation: craft beer.
In truth, Colorado has always held a mystical appeal to beer enthusiasts. For many, bringing back a case of Coors east of the Mississippi was a must for anyone visiting Colorado in the 1970s, before the company became the megalith it is today. Fast forward a few decades, and Colorado is home to more than 350 craft breweries - second in the country only to California.
And Breckenridge breweries are among the finest. If you’re headed to this high-elevation historic town, you’ll be treated to some fantastic, local brews.
Here’s a list of 10 of the best breweries in Breckenridge, and our recommendations for how to drink them all in on your next Breck vacation.
Breweries in Downtown Breckenridge
We’ll start with the largest brewery in Breck: the aptly named Breckenridge Brewery. In 2015, Breckenridge Brewery grew to be the 5th largest in Colorado, producing 70,000 barrels of their signature beers. While most of the production goes on at their facility in Littleton, Colorado, (this is also where you can take a brewery tour), the original Breck Brew Pub is located in the heart of historic downtown Breckenridge.
They open every day at 11am, and remain open till you go home. Be sure to stop by for their happy hour, which runs every day from 3-6pm, and offers $2 off all draft beers. From 3-5pm Sunday-Thursday, get half off all appetizers, except the nachos. Check out a full food menu here.
The company has seven different lines of beer, resulting in dozens of unique brews ranging from easy session beers to hearty small-batch creations.
Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery
It may not look like much from the outside, but CB and Potts has a huge line of award-winning beers, and is also located walking distance from most everywhere in Breck. Most recently, its Udder Chaos took Silver at the Great American Beer Festival for the Coffee Stout/Porter category, while its Big Horn Hefe won Silver among the South German Style Hefeweizens.
Dine in here for a cozy and relaxed mountain atmosphere, and be sure to ask the servers to help you pair one of their beers with an item on the menu. Just like wine, these brews have specific pairings you won’t want to miss out on.
CB and Potts is open from 11-9pm on most days, and 11-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Happy hours: All day Sundays and Wednesdays, $2 off growler fills on Fridays and Saturdays.
Photo courtesy of CB and Potts
Although it’s located just outside of downtown Breckenridge, don’t let that stop you from experiencing the excitement, creativity, and community of Broken Compass Brewing. If you’re staying downtown, you can get a free ride out to the brewery (and a ride back) on the Lost Bus, the brewery-run shuttle service. Just make sure to call (not text, please) the driver at 970-406-2011.
Broken Compass has 12 beers on tap with an eclectic and impressive menu, including a ginger pale ale, a coconut porter, and a chili pepper pale ale. Join the brewery on Mondays at 7pm for the Monday Night Potluck, where you can share your best dish with locals and visitors alike. At the end of the night, everyone present gets to vote on their favorite three dishes. On Tuesdays during the fall (October-November), head to the brewery at 7pm for trivia.
Broken Compass Brewing is open every day from 11am-11pm.
Photo credits belong to Broken Compass Brewing.
Breweries in Frisco (15 minutes from Breck)
HighSide Brewing is a newcomer to the valley, opening in May 2018, but it’s already attracted a strong following based on its regular live music and weekly run club. Bluegrass, funk, and blues bands regularly fill the taproom on Thursday and Fridays, while you’ll see runners meeting up on Mondays.
The brewery currently has 11 beers on tap, and is always thinking up something new. The kitchen also has a fantastic and broad menu, ranging from chicken fingers to cheese boards.
HighSide is located on the west end of Frisco near the Frisco Bay section of Lake Dillon, at the corner of Main Street and Summit Blvd. Opening hours are from 11am to 11pm daily. Happy hours aren't currently listed, but check back often, and we'll post as soon as they're available.
If you like strong IPAs and hazy New England IPAs, skip the other breweries and head straight to Outer Range Brewing Co. Of the 13 beers on tap, eight are an IPA of some form, and five of these have an ABV above 8%.
If you’re coming to Breck from Denver, you’ll see Outer Range as soon as you turn off I-70 onto Highway 9, which takes you into Breck. If you’re hoping to sample a few different breweries, we recommend stopping in here on your way to town (always drinking responsibly and designating a driver, of course), then continuing on to downtown Breckenridge or your vacation rental.
Open hours from Monday-Thursday are 3-10pm, and on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the brewery is open from 12-11pm.
While no happy hour is currently listed, we're sure the quality of these celebrated beers is enough to satisfy.
Sendero Brewing Company isn’t open yet, but it’s certainly a brewery to keep your eye on. Ashley and Trevor Lovato are starting their craft brew venture for 2 simple reasons: Provide good beer, and support the community they live in. In their latest Facebook post, they teased a Pale Ale they’re brewing with Lemon Drop, Citra, and Mosaic hops.
The brewery is slated to open in a space in the heart of downtown Frisco, at the corner of 4th and Teller Street Alley.
Breweries in Silverthorne (20 Minutes from Breck)
Live music every Wednesday, euchre tournaments, yoga classes, and more are all on offer at Angry James Brewery, not to mention nine brews on tap. Angry James’ philosophy is to stick with traditional beers and methods and do them right, with an occasional twist. Their Alpen Weisse, for example, is a very simple, traditional German style beer, but is made with a prost Weizen yeast from Inland Island in Colorado.
Angry James is located just across the way from the Silverthorne Outlets, so be sure to stop by here after you’ve finished a full day of shopping. Hours of operation are 1-9pm Monday-Thursday, 12-10pm Saturday and Sunday, and 12-8pm on Sundays.
"Angry" Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5-6pm, get $1 off all pint pours.
Photo courtesy of Angry James Brewery
Looking for a killer happy hour? Head to The Bakers’ Brewery in Silverthorne. From 3-6pm Monday-Thursday, get any of their seven draft beers for only $3 each. Other specials include $4 wells and 25% off all appetizers. These deals are so good the Denver Post named it one of the best happy hours in Summit County.
In addition to their seven rotating taps, they’ve got a long list of seasonal pours that are perfect for the mountains at any time of year. If you’re leaf peeping, head here to try the Roasted and Toasted, which is branded as “the color of aspens in the fall.” Other seasonals include the Winter is Coming black saison, the Bloodmoon Monk, and Spring Bloom saison.
They’ve also got an extensive lunch and dinner menu to help line your stomach before sampling all these beers. Check it out here.
For an extensive list of local brews, check out the Dillon Dam Brewery. With 15 taps, you’ll have a choice of rotating seasonals and Dillon Dam staples, all in a traditional brewpub setting. Recognized as the #1 Largest Brewpub in the Rockies, don’t expect a small, intimate setting. But if you’re more comfortable in a loud, exciting environment, this is the place for you.
Its menu includes standard pub fare, including a kids menu and a weekend brunch menu. Looking for a late night meal? The kitchen serves burgers until 10:30 on Friday and Saturday nights. Need another reason to check out the Dillon Dam Brewery? Every Tuesday and Wednesday, it runs a reverse happy hour from 9-10pm.
Regular hours are Monday-Thursday, 11:30am-11:30pm, Friday-Saturday, 11-12am, and Sunday, 11am-11:30pm. Standard happy hour runs from 3-6pm every day.
If you want to hang out in the beautiful Rocky Mountain sun and sip a craft brew while looking out over the lake, check out Pug Ryan’s Brewery. Located at the edge of Lake Dillon in Silverthorne, this brewery has a great outdoor deck known as the Tiki Bar, where you can hang out with astounding views of the snowcapped peaks towering above the lake.
The brewery is currently serving 11 beers on tap, which have won a collective 22 medals at the Great American Beer Fest, The North American Beer Awards, The Colorado State Fair, The Craft Brewers Fest, and more. Its menu puts a slight twist on typical pub food.
Happy Hour: From 2-6pm Monday-Thursday, get $2 off all house draft beers, wells, and house wines. On Wednesdays, take your growler and have it filled for $8, and on Sundays, grab a 6-pack to go for only $6.50.
Photo courtesy of Pug Ryan's Brewery
To visit all the best breweries in Breckenridge, you’ll have to explore a few neighboring towns. Luckily for you, Frisco and Silverthorne have their own unique charm and appeal, and exploring these areas will only add to your Breckenridge vacation. All with a craft beer in hand.
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