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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.

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Featured Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Breckenridge Brewery LogoThe Breckenridge Brewery is a favorite of Colorado folks with a few locations all over the state.  While the Original Brewery and Pub is located on South Main Street in Breckenridge, they have a location on Blake St. Denver across from Coors Field, a BBQ joint and brewpub in Denver, and a Ale House in Grand Junction.  Known for delicious beers, Breckenridge has a firm foothold in the brewery rich Colorado beer scene and doesn't look to be letting up any time soon.  On the recent Beer Friends Colorado Brewery tour we visited the Blake Street location to try a few beers and chat up a few bartenders.

A few details on the beers:

Avalanche Ale is one of their most popular beers and for good reason, this amber ale gives the famous Fat Tire a run for it's money in the amber scene across Colorado.  While Fat Tire is more readily available, strike up a conversation about Avalanche Ale with a bartender and prepare yourself for a detailed argument.

Vanilla Porter is a smooth porter with a heavy vanilla taste.  While overall smooth, the vanilla overpower many of the other flavors and is hard to tell what else is happening in this beer.  While not a awful beer, the main taste - and I realize it's called a VANILLA porter - is too overpowering for this Beer Friend.

Christmas Ale is a special beer during the seasonal brewing schedule.  Available during the winter months in bombers and 750mL, this is a fantastic present for any beer drinker you know.  This beer always gives enough of the holiday spices without tasting like a pine tree.

The Main Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 600 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424 [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=600+S.+Main+Street,+Breckenridge,+CO+80424&sll=39.756791,-104.991381&sspn=0.009056,0.020835&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=600+S+Main+St,+Breckenridge,+Summit,+Colorado+80424&z=14&ll=39.475659,-106.043712&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The Tasting Room is open:

Daily at 11am

The Breckenridge Brew Pub in Denver that the Beer Friends visited is located at: 2220 Blake St., Denver, CO 80205 [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=2220+blake+st+Denver,+CO+80205&sll=39.761575,-104.992561&sspn=0.069146,0.166683&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2220+Blake+St,+Denver,+Colorado+80205&ll=39.756417,-104.991372&spn=0.009056,0.020835&z=14&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The Tasting Room is open:

Daily at 11a

Featured Brewery: Wynkoop Brew Pub

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Upon the rebuilding project of Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver it gave birth to plenty of new bars and restaurants in the area.  Many are still strong today and a favorite of locals before and after a Rockies game, one of the original bars/brewpubs was Wynkoop Brew Pub, founded in 1988.  Refurbishing a existing building from the 1888's, Wynkoop focuses on small batch beers to serve it's patrons and is always a popular gathering place during the Great American Beer Fest (GABF).  Wynkoop has a number of fantastic beers and - in all good breweries - a sense of social conscience.  The Silverback Pale Ale (now in cans!) donates fifty (5-0!) percent of it's proceeds to the Denver based Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund.

The Wynkoop Brewpub is located at: 1634 18th St., Denver, CO 80202 [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=1634+18th+st+Denver,+CO+80202&sll=39.755307,-104.998398&sspn=0.036226,0.083342&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1634+18th+St,+Denver,+Colorado+80202&ll=39.753531,-104.998359&spn=0.009057,0.020835&z=14&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The Brew Pub is open:

11a - 2 a Everyday!

Kitchen open until 11p Mon - Thurs, 12a on Fri and Sat, and 10p on Sundays