Brewing in Brief: News you need to know from the craft beer world |

Brewing in Brief: News you need to know from the craft beer world

Courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery
Courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery |

Backcountry Brewery releases new IPA, sour series

Backcountry Brewery recently released its new India pale ale, dubbed High Coast IPA. Alan Simons, head brewer at Backcountry, said he wanted the beer to be not quite like an old school IPA but not quite West Coast-style either, ultimately landing on a version that’s dry with a balancing sweetness.

The new beer is made with Two-Row and Vienna malts and El Dorado, Centennial and Amarillo hops, with a much lighter color than other traditional IPAs. Simons said it fills a niche for the brewery.

“Since we switched Telemark IPA to Pale Ale, we haven’t had a single IPA, so it kind of fits in the middle there,” he said. “The Telemark is more of an old school, heavier malt balance; the Double IPA should be a little bit sweeter, not super dry. This one has kind of the West Coast style to it.”

Backcountry Brewery offers its Pale Ale, Amber, Pilsner, Wheat and Porter in bottles, along with Double IPA and Breakfast Stout in the winter, Imperial Saison in the spring and Berliner Weise in the summer. The brewery also is working on a sour ale project, tapping occasional sours throughout the year in very limited quantities. For the most up-to-date information on what’s brewing at Backcountry, follow the brewery on Facebook at

Broken Compass brews anniversary beer for KSMT

Broken Compass Brewing in Breckenridge recently rolled out a special double IPA in honor of KSMT The Mountain’s 40th anniversary. The beer, called Two Turntables and a Microbrew, is currently on tap, but Broken Compass head brewer Jason Ford will be revamping the recipe and brewing up a slightly different batch in the coming weeks to make it a bit lighter for the warmer days of spring.

“It’s going to be a little lighter in body, lighter color, a little more refreshing and a little less malty, a little more hop forward,” Ford said. “It’ll be between 8.5 and 9 percent, between 90 and 100 IBUs, and that will be on tap in about three weeks.”

Broken Compass is also currently pouring a collaboration beer, which Ford brewed with the team from Luminous Brewhouse in his hometown of Sheridan, Wyoming. Made with Belgian yeast provided by Luminous, the beer is a big, bad tripel that clocks in at 9.6 percent alcohol by volume.

“The fruity esters really pop through on this guy,” Ford said. “People have been loving it. We’ve been plowing through it. That’s currently on tap, and we barreled some of it, as well. We’ll release that in a couple of months.”

Save the date for Broken Compass’ one-year anniversary party on Saturday, May 30, which will include some tasty surprises. Visit or follow the brewery on Facebook for more information.

New beers for spring at Dillon Dam Brewery

The Dillon Dam Brewery has about 15 beers on tap at the moment, including many easy-drinking selections for the sunny spring months, starting with the Hot Laps Session Ale. This IPA is built with El Dorado, Simcoe, Mosaic and Triple Perle hops, which provide a floral aroma and flavor without much bitterness, said Mike Bennett, head brewer at Dillon Dam. The beer clocks in at 4.5 percent alcohol by volume.

“We also have a few kegs of our Chocolate Milk Stout left,” Bennett said. “That’s really nice. It’s brewed with Nicaraguan cocoa nibs and milk sugar. On nitro tap, we have a whiskey barrel-aged McLuhr’s Irish Stout, which we put on for St. Patrick’s Day.”

The brewery is also pouring its Summit County Saison, an unfiltered, rustic farmhouse ale brewed with Belgian yeast and coriander, rosemary, lemongrass and ginger, and the Chili Lager is back, with its blend of Anaheim, Serrano, jalapeno, habanero, and poblano peppers, served with a pepperoncini garnish.

“I have our Hoporter coming out in the next coupe of days, which will be on tap next week,” Bennett said. “It’s a really big, imperial porter, with a pretty large hop profile to balance out the malt. It has a lot of character to it.”

For more information on these and other beers from the Dillon Dam Brewery, visit

Breck Brewery, Leftover Salmon announce collaboration

This year, Breckenridge Brewery and nationally acclaimed bluegrass band Leftover Salmon each celebrate 25 years of craftsmanship, so they’ve come together to formulate a beer that celebrates the milestone.

While Breckenridge Brewery is busy brewing and conditioning the jointly developed beer that captures the essence of these two native Colorado organizations, Leftover Salmon will compile and master 25 outstanding live song performances into an album to commemorate its 25th anniversary. The album will be released exclusively by download with the 22-ounce bottles of beer, which feature unique label artwork by artist John Vogl.

After the bottle and album release at Breckenridge Brewery’s annual Hootenanny on Saturday, July 18, the package will be sold across the nation wherever Breckenridge beer is sold. This year’s Hootenanny will include a live performance from Leftover Salmon, plus additional live music on three stages; tours of Breckenridge Brewery’s brand-new 12-acre, farm-inspired brewery; food and estate beer tastings; and more.

Hootenanny tickets are now on sale to the public, with limited early bird pricing of $25. For information on ticket sales, visit

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