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Thursday, September 28, 2006

GABF: Breckenridge Ball Park Brewery & Pub

The first thing we did after checking into our hotel in Denver was to head to the Breckenridge Ball Park Brewery & Pub on Blake Street in the shadow of Coors Field. Blake Street is Denver's 5th Avenue of beer, with several brewpubs and beer bars along this part of Lower Denver -- or LoDo as the locals call it.

I enjoyed a bison burger and sampled several of the Breckenridge beers. The group's clear favorite was the 471 IPA, which had plenty of fresh hops. Breckenridge double hops the 417 IPA using Simcoe, Fuggles, Chinook and Centennial. The other brew that deserves a try is the 471 Thunder Stout. Breckenridge takes its semi-dry Oatmeal Stout and pours it using nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The gas mixture creates a rich, creamy brew.

This lunch was a great start to our Denver adventure. As our server Jim would say, a stop at Breckenridge is "Right On!"

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