Flights and bites: Culinary happenings around Breckenridge, Frisco and Summit County
Maple Syrup with a Rocky Mountain spirit
Maple syrup is a golden elixir distilled from the sap of maple trees found only in northern temperate zones at lower elevations. Because it is a rarity in Colorado, maple syrup entrepreneur Tim Burton — sponsor of the annual National Maple Syrup Festival — has partnered with the Breckenridge Distillery to bring a one-of-a-kind syrup to Rocky Mountain and Front Range farmers’ markets for the next few weeks only.
Burton’s Maplewood Farm is known for barrel-aged syrups, using oak barrels from bourbon, rum, brandy and other aged liquors to infuse the transcendent flavor of the spirit on his gourmet syrups.
“We tap our trees in early spring at our maple grove near southern Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest and distill the fresh sap into syrup,” Burton said. “Then we age it in oak liquor barrels for six months or more. This gives our syrups remarkable flavors, enhancing the essence of the tree sugar with the spirit of the spirits.”
Last year on a trip to Summit County, Burton picked up some used bourbon and rum barrels from the Breckenridge Distillery and filled them with his 2012 vintage syrup. Now that the syrup has aged, he has decanted the amber treat into bottles and returned to Colorado to share the limited-run syrup at several Colorado farmers markets.
The syrup will be available at Vail’s Gourmet on Gore on Labor Day weekend, as well as Friday and Aug. 30 at the Dillon Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Sunday and Aug. 25 at the Breckenridge Sunday Market (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
For more information, visit http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com.
New happy hour at Twist in Breckenridge
Every day of the week, Twist in Breckenridge offers happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Join friends at the bar, take in the mountain views from Ridge Street or enjoy the summer weather on the patio.
All happy hour plates are $5; small plates include favorites such as Carr Valley Mac n Cheese, Angus NY Strip Carpaccio and Grilled Watermelon Salad. Soft tacos, stuffed with habanero-lime braised pork shoulder, cucumber radish salad and cotija cheese, are $2 each during happy hour. Beers start at $1.50, while wine and select cocktails are $5 per glass.
For full menus and more information about Twist, visit http://www.twistbreck.com or call (970) 547-7100.
Breckenridge Brewery, Leftover Salmon team up
Bringing new meaning to the practice of catch and release, Breckenridge Brewery and bluegrass band Leftover Salmon have caught up with each other to launch the second release in a series of four original songs. The new music is being prereleased exclusively within Breckenridge Brewery’s 12-pack Sampler Packs through October. Each of four song download codes is provided on Artist Series coasters, specially created by four well-known artists from the “Rock Art” community and packaged inside the Sampler Packs.
Gary Houston, Jeff Wood, Nate Duval and Tyler Stout each crafted their artwork with inspiration from Leftover Salmon’s new music and Breckenridge Brewery’s beers. In addition to the coasters, each artist is printing a limited run of 100 screen print posters that are numbered and signed. The posters are available through weekly giveaways on both Breckenridge Brewery and Leftover Salmon’s Facebook and Instagram pages. They also will be given away at special events in select bars in cities where the band is touring.
For more information, visit http://www.breckbrew.com/leftoversalmon.
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