I love beer. After now having visited over 460 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
Last November, I surprised my younger brother and showed up in Colorado to run alongside him at his first half marathon. While I was there, I (of course) made the brewery trek in some solid locations – Lone Tree, Greeley, and Golden. I wasn’t able to make it up to the mountains, but maybe some day I’ll figure out my travel again and head up to run in nearby Breckenridge, home to Breckenridge Brewing Company. Until then, I’ll just have to locate them somewhere nearby (Market of Choice seems to be the location of choice). We recently checked out some low ABV and IBU options from their core mainline of beers – White Ale, Agave Wheat, and Breck Lager. First, here’s a little bit more about “Breck Brew”:
Breckenridge Brewery opened its doors in 1990 in the mountain town of Breckenridge, Colorado. It’s the third-oldest craft brewery in the state. Nestled below the slopes on Main Street, our brewpub continues to delight locals and visitors with a lively atmosphere, delicious pub fare, and of course, a great selection of beer.
Our two locations, Breckenridge and Littleton, are destinations for locals and out-of-towners. Our portfolio contains classics like Vanilla Porter, Avalanche Amber Ale, Agave Wheat, 471 Double IPA, and Breck IPA, along with a variety of specialty beers that include seasonals, barrel-aged beers, the Brewery Lane Series, and a newly announced nitrogen-charged canned series.
Breck’s White Ale is brand new to their lineup, only just launching in August 2018. It has filled the Belgian-style witbier void and is “brewed with a balance of malted and unmalted wheat, zesty orange peel and freshly-ground coriander for an elegant harmony of citrus spice and malty sweetness”. I am slowly liking wits and this is one of th more approachable ones I have tried. It is smooth and drinkable and I found that the coriander really shone through.
The Agave Wheat is also mild and refreshing. It’s super light, almost light that it’s a surprise on the back end of what the actual flavor profile is. It isn’t until the very end that the subtle agave flavor hits the palate. I imagine this beer would pair perfectly with some chips and salsa or something with a tinge of spice.
Lastly, as I’ve mentioned before, Lager is not one of my top beer choices. It can be good at times, but it isn’t one that I typically seek out on the menu. The Breck Lager, like the above beers, is another super approachable and mild option that focuses on a subtle taste profile in lieu of big and bold flavors. As someone who doesn’t go for this style, this may be one of my favorite lagers right off the bat. While I prefer bold tastes and unique flavors in other stylings, this lager really does it for me. I didn’t expect saying that, but I found the Breck Lager super satisfying.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with BBC’s offerings. They offered a little something new to the PNW bottle shop scene and I am eager to check out more of their offerings, as well as make a trek out to the Rocky Mountains for some draughty goodness!