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This chilly weather has us thinking about beer- in particular, one that will keep us warm until the sun decides to show up again. And we believe we have just the one to keep our blood moving and help us avoid slipping back in to hibernation too soon- Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla  Porter.

Breckenridge Brewery  opened its doors in 1990 and became the first brewery to package craft beer in 6 and 12 packs. Today you can find their selection of beer in 34 different states. You could also choose to visit one of their 5 locations in either Denver, Grand Junction or, of course, Breckenridge. They stick close to their motto: create balanced, approachable and interesting hand-crafted beers.

Now, about this tasty brew they’ve graciously  shared with the world. The Vanilla Porter is an ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure. We guarantee you will enjoy every last sip of this creamy delight, which we believe is probably made by mixing silk and magic. It would probably go best with staring out the window at the snow-capped mountains, imagining yourself gliding down them. It’s that kind of feeling.

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bbqchickFinally it’s warm enough to whip off the cover, crank up the propane, light the wood chips on the grills and get to cooking some amazing meals! Although we’re pretty sure that most of you didn’t let snowy weather stop you if you truly were having a craving for BBQ this past winter. But now that the weather is finally becoming more acceptable to wear flip-flops, let’s cook some food!

Of course, we suggest adding a little beer to your meats while you cook them. Here we have a few recipes that we believe are the best combos:

Guinness Pork Ribs- Yes, that’s correct. Why shouldn’t you be able to combine a fantastic, thick, creamy beer with you ribs? It will make them fall right off the bone!

Wisconsin Beer Brats- An obvious staple at any neighborhood get together. These combine two great things: your choice of beer and encased meat. We aren’t complaining!

Beer Butt Chicken- If you didn’t expect this on the list, then you should probably make it now. Yes, it’s exactly what the name describes. Beer is the best way to keep the chicken nice and moist!

Beer Glazed Fish Tacos- A fresh way to relax on a warm day! This recipe adds a great mango salsa to the mix that’s probably worth trying, we’d say. Fish and beer always goes well together.

 

So spark up the grill, Colorado! It’s time to cook our beer!

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Somehow we missed the memo but possibly you have heard of the phenominal club in Ft. Collins- The Rocky Mountain Beard and Moustache Club!

The exact description of the overly-manly club states “an all inclusive club for those who grow, love, and support facial hair.” They also point out “Rocky Mountain Men have been growing our facial hair to combat the elements since man inhabited the caves of the Rocky Mountains”. It appears that this club is in full support of all things related to anything hair of the face. And so are we.

Events this club has created include things such as “First Tuesday Meetup”, where the group offers a ride to Loveland with an undetermined return time, and participating in the Ft. Collins’ St. Patrick’s Day parade on bikes and funky vehicles, beards and ‘staches in full swing. The next big event is the 2nd Annual Beard and Mustache Competition on June 7th!!

So if you, or your friends have a fantastic handlebar moustache, a beard of epic proportions, or have a love for facial hair, spread the word of the RMBMC! We don’t mind doing the same.

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We’re convinced Breckenridge has the perfect beer festival attitude- at LEAST one a season. So here it is! The 9th Annual Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival! What more could we ask for than a mountain side to gaze upon, cute bunnies, fresh flowers, and fantastic beer straight from the tap of the brewers themselves? You could even get a few runs in before hand!

Saturday, April 4th, plan be at Ridge Street in Downtown Breckenridge from 12pm-5pm tasting brews from over 30 breweries, including Bristol, Left Hand, Odell, Upslope and many more satisfying beer crafters. Expect live music and great local food vendors as well.

We openly ask for an invite to this festival of deliciousness!

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Now that the cold weather is on its way out, it’s time for beer festivals to start up- and we couldn’t be happier!

What better festival to start the season than Left Hand Brewing Company’s Hops and Handrails: Beer Fest and Rail Jams. Saturday, March the 28th in Longmont’s Roosevelt Park  from 12-5pm there will be a beer fest featuring 50 breweries and a 40+ high snowboard ramp and rail jam competition. Join in on 5 hours of limitless beer tasting and enjoy watching some of Colorado’s best riders flip and do tricks off the ramp! Expect great live music and fantastic local food as well. Tickets are on sale for $30 to enjoy a full day of classic Coloradan fun!