Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Our Annual Hootenanny is July 18 - tickets still available!

Celebrate 25 years with Breckenridge Brewery and Leftover Salmon 

Plans have been brewing for months, and now two Colorado-born craftsmen are tuned up and ready for a unique silver anniversary celebration. Rock/bluegrass band Leftover Salmon and Breckenridge Brewery have each enjoyed twenty-five years of success. To commemorate this milestone they have joined forces to release a collaborative beer, packaged with twenty-five live tunes from Leftover Salmon, which will debut at Breckenridge Brewery's annual Hootenanny on July 18th. 

Back in March, the two groups got together over a few pints to share ideas on just the right beer recipe for the momentous occasion. They embraced an India Pale Lager style and aptly named it Silver Salmon. “A hoppy lager is a lighter, thirst-quenching style that we thought would be perfect for an outdoor music scene,” explains Brian Reinecke, the brewer for Breckenridge Brewery who formulated the recipe. “We used American hops that give the beer flavor and aroma, but not too much bitterness. To give Silver Salmon some depth, we used Vienna malt and added in some flaked oats. The oats increase the body and give the beer a visual dimension, an opalescence.”
This isn't your typical brewery-musician collaboration, though. While the brewery brewed and nurtured Silver Salmon IPL, the band compiled and mastered twenty-five outstanding live performances for release alongside the beer. With the purchase of a 22-oz bottle of Silver Salmon is a free download code for the album. The 25 songs were selected from various shows over the past two years. These live cuts highlight the current band today, which includes the addition of Bill Payne of Little Feat. After releasing two studio albums in the past three years, Leftover Salmon wanted to spread the live sound that people enjoy at their shows.
On July 18th it all comes together as Breckenridge Brewery hosts its annual Hootenanny with Leftover Salmon headlining the all-day music festival and pig roast. This year the brewery hosts the event at its newly opened 12-acre brewery campus in Littleton, Colorado, nine miles south of its previous Denver location. “One would think our new brewery was built for this party,” says Todd Thibault, Culture Czar for Breckenridge Brewery. “Maybe it kind of was. We have plenty of room for two stages that will feature live performances all day long. We've got great music, great food, and great beer in store again this year. Closing our first Hootenanny at the new brewery with a live Leftover Salmon performance will be legendary.”  Anders Osborne, Zach Deputy, and MilkDrive take the stage leading up to the Leftover Salmon performance, and a second stage hosted by WinterWonderGrass Festival will feature an array of local and regional bands.
Tickets for the Hootenanny can be purchased in advance at
Those attending the Hootenanny will be the very first to sample Silver Salmon IPL.  In the fall, commemorative 22-oz bottles of the collaboration beer, featuring custom artwork by John Vogl and packaged with a free album download code, will be available in select stores across the United States.
The impressive histories of Breckenridge Brewery and Leftover Salmon started within months of each other in small mountain towns two and a half decades ago, taking similar but separate paths as they each blossomed and earned national acclaim. 
Leftover Salmon co-founder, singer, guitarist and washboard player Vince Herman led the Salmon Heads in the late 1980s. He asked future co-founder Drew Emmitt of the Left Hand String Band with bassist Glen Keefe to fill in for some missing Salmon Heads for a show in Crested Butte, Colorado. Together, they took the name Leftover Salmon and the group played its first show New Year's Eve, 1989, in the small mountain town. Emmitt reflects fondly on the band’s early days. “We knew we were doing something special” he says. “At that point in the early-‘90s, it was the birth of the jam band movement, Phish was starting out, Widespread Panic was starting out, and they were a little ahead of us, obviously, but we were one of the first bands to get out there with bluegrass and just get on the road and try to make something happen without a record deal. We were just following in the footsteps of New Grass Revival, Hot Rize and Little Feat, but by doing that I think we inspired some other bands too.” The band went on to produce successful album after album and tour nationally, becoming unwitting architects of the jam grass genre.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Cool Down This Summer with Timbuk2 & Trek Light Gear

Cool Down This Summer With Friends!


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tequila Barrel Aged Ophelia

This small-batch barrel-aged beauty starts with our spring seasonal, Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale. We let her bathe in fresh tequila barrels for 11 weeks so that she could redefine herself as something entirely new. You'll be amazed at the outcome. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Brewery Grand Opening June 21st - Just in time for Fathers Day

Breckenridge Brewery is quickly transitioning from construction zone to destination brewery. The Farm House restaurant on the twelve-acre, three-building campus just south of Denver opened its doors on May 26th while the brewery readies itself for public tours. What The Farm House and Breckenridge Brewery offer is a unique experience not found anywhere else in the region. Read More...

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Hootenanny VIP Upgrades Now Available


Wednesday, May 27, 2015



Friday, May 22, 2015

Glass and Pass giveaways for Denver Comic Con!

As a sponsor of Denver Comic Con, we've got lots of opportunities for prizes and fun this weekend!


1. Thursday, May 21 at World of Beer LoDo - 6:00 p.m.
1555 Blake Street, Suite 102, Denver
What's happening:
Meet the Brewer
Breckenridge Brewery Tap Takeover, including Hulk's Mash, a refreshing pale ale brewed with pulverized Mango and Mosaic hops
Commemorative Hulk's Mash Glassware Giveaway, while supplies last!
ENTER THE DRAWING for TWO 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con

2. Friday, May 22 at The Monkey Barrel - 8:00 p.m.
1611 Platte Street, Denver

What's happening:
The first of three "Geekender" events hosted by The Monkey Barrel during Denver Comic Con
Breckenridge Brewery Tap Takeover, including Hulk's Mash
Commemorative Hulk's Mash Glassware Giveaway, while supplies last!
ENTER THE DRAWING for TWO 3-day passes to Denver Comic Con


Breckenridge Brewery partners with The 1up to give conference goers a chill place to hang at the Denver Convention Center during the conference.
The Comic Con Cantina features:
Hulk's Mash, the official beer of 2015 Denver Comic Con
Special edition TAPPER video game, with Breckenridge Brewery influence
Ultra-rare WRECK-IT RALPH video game


go to for a map of the following locations:

Denver Comic Con -
All Bar Locations Inside The Convention Center
700 14th St
Hyatt Regency - 650 15th St
Saturday, May 23rd at 4pm
Pizza Republica - 890 14th St
Glassware Giveaway May 23rd, 24th, 25th at 5:30pm / Tap Takeover

Tilted Kilt - 1201 16th St
Glassware Giveaway Saturday May 23rd at 6:30pm

World of Beer - 1555 Blake St
Glassware Giveaway Saturday May 23rd at 7:00pm
Breckenridge Colorado Craft - 2220 Blake St
Glassware Giveaway Saturday May 23rd at 8:30pm
Hard Rock Cafe - 500 16th St
Glassware Giveaway Saturday May 23rd at 10pm / Ticketed Event

Stout St. Social - 1400 Stout St
Glassware Giveaway Sunday, May 24th at 4pm

Illegal Pete's - 1530 16th St.
Glassware Giveaway Sunday, May 24th at 5:30pm

Paramount Cafe - 519 16th St
Glassware Giveaway Sunday, May 24th at 5pm

Marlowe's - 501 16th St
Glassware Giveaway Sunday, May 24th at 6:30pm

Scruffy Murphy's - 2030 Larimer St
Glassware Giveaway Sunday May 24th at 7:00pm

5280 Burger Bar - 500 16th St
Glassware Giveaway Monday May 25th at 4:00pm

1up Lodo - 1925 Blake St
Glassware Giveaway Monday May 25th at 5:30pm

Tarantula Billiards - 1520 Stout St
Glassware Giveaway Monday May 25th at 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer is close, but SummerBright is HERE!

Even though these spring Rocky Mountain storms have been relentless (snow on Mother's Day...again!), fear not.  SummerBright, our seasonal golden ale, is out and ready for your enjoyment.
Crisp, clean and light, SummerBright is the perfect warm weather companion.  Well bodied with a hint of natural citrus, yet just 4.5% ABV, this beer won't slow you down.
We package this versatile ale for portability and sharing, so pick some up in bottles, cans, and 5-liter (1.32 gallon) mini-keg. Yielding 10 pints, the mini-keg is just right for back yard barbecues and post-hike picnics.  You'll also find SummerBright in our can sampler pack all summer long!
Friday, May 01, 2015

Denver Seminary & Breckenridge Brewery

Thanks to the students at Denver Seminary for inviting us to help keep the Lee Gulch trail free of trash!

When we move to our new home on the Mary Carter Greenway trail (commonly called the Platte River bike trail) in a month or so, we’ll be neighbors to the Denver Seminary.  Both of us back up to the trail, and between us runs the Lee Gulch trail.
Monday, April 27, 2015

What makes Breck IPA different? Among other things, it's the Full Pint malt.