Visiting Summit County: Four World-Class Ski Resorts, but Four Award-Winning Brewpubs Too!

Posted by: admin January 21st, 2015

Fish n’ chips, milk and cookies, eggs and bacon, salt and pepper, spaghetti and meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy. What do all of these things have in common? They all go together. Kind of like Summit County and beer!

Most visitors to Summit County are just that … visitors. So, naturally while on vacation, a fresh cold brew is tops on the list for an après ski excursion. But, why settle for something that you can get at home (wherever that might me)? Summit County is home to some amazing local breweries that will help you to enhance your Rocky Mountain experience. The following is a list of some of our favorites and what you might find when you get there.

The Backcountry Brewery

backcountry-breweryJust a short walk from our Frisco hotel, at the intersection of Main Street and Summit Boulevard, stands one of Summit County’s oldest brewpubs, the Backcountry Brewery. Established in 1996, this brewery’s beer is born out of over 30 combined years of brewing experience and has been recognized six times by the prestigious Great American Beer Festival. With nine beers routinely on tap, including the five staples (Wheat, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Amber & Porter), the Backcountry Brewery also takes great pride in its multitude of seasonal beers on tap at any time.

Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company

pug-ryans-brewing-companyLocated a few strides off of Dillon’s Main Street, a 10-minute drive from the Frisco Lodge, lies Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company. What started in 1997 as the smallest brewery in the county, Pug’s underwent a major expansion in May of 2012, doubling its capacity and allowing them to focus much more on seasonal specialty beers. With 16 beer festival medals under their belt, Pug’s beers are available to go in growlers, but four of them (Peacemaker Pilsner, Hideout Helles, Deadeye Dunkel, & Over the Rail Pale Ale) are available in cans and sold in liquor stores all over the state of Colorado. In addition to the staples, Pug’s typically has a variety of other specialty and seasonal beers on tap at any give time.

The Dillon Dam Brewery

dillon-dam-breweryLocated at the base of the Dillon Dam (hence its name), just off of the I-70 at Silverthorne exit, and a 5-minute drive from our Lodge, is the Dillon Dam Brewery. One of the largest brew-pubs in the nation, the Dillon Dam Brewery offers one of the most extensive list of craft beers in the county – hand-crafted ales and lagers – and brews about 2,000 barrels a year. Besides its seven staples (DAM Lyte, Wildernest Wheat, Paradise Pilsner, Dam Straight Lager, Extra Pale Ale, Sweet George’s Brown & McLuhr’s Irish Stout), you will find an extensive list of seasonal brews to quench even the most ambitious of thirsts.

The Breckenridge Brewery

breckenridge-brewerySummit County’s oldest brewpub, the Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 at the south end of Breckenridge’s charming and historic Main Street. Former ski bum Richard Squire had a simple mission … serve fresh, quality beer and homemade food in a relaxed atmosphere that everyone could enjoy. Now 25 years later, and with an additional Denver location, Breckenridge Brewery has grown from a small 3,000-barrel-a-year brewpub into one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. Not only can you can find their collection of beers in 32 states, but also they craft well over 62,000 barrels of beer annually, and operate five brewpubs and ale houses in the state of Colorado. The Breck Brewery has a Main Line selection that includes the Avalanche Ale, Lucky U IPA, Agave Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Porter, but also includes an extensive list of seasonal, small batch, and barrel aged brews.

So now you know where to go, but the choice may be a difficult one to make. If you are in town for four or more nights, why not try ‘em all out? But, if you want to experience them all, try a Summit County Brewery Tour with complete door-to-door shuttle van service to all four of these world-class breweries. Because no trip to Summit County is complete without imbibing in a little taste of the Rocky Mountains!