9 Ways to Experience the Breckenridge Distillery
Written by Lauren Glendenning
From touring the award-winning spirits production facility to indulging in world-class cuisine, Breckenridge Distillery is truly an adventure for the senses.
Whether you have time for the full experience at the Distillery on Airport Road, or you’re simply curious about tasting its award-winning spirits while strolling Main Street, the Distillery makes it easy, fun and delicious to discover what it’s all about. Here are 9 ways you can experience the Breckenridge Distillery.
Smell hundreds of aging barrels as you walk through the production facility and learn how Breckenridge Distillery creates its award-winning spirits. Use your senses to experience the inner workings of how these hand-crafted spirits go from grain to bottle.
Free tours happen daily on the hour and half-hour, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Did you know that one of the most common myths about bourbon is that it has to be made in Kentucky? Bourbon can actually be made anywhere in the United States, as long as the process follows specific regulations. These are the kind of fun factoids you’ll learn during a Breckenridge Distillery tasting. As you taste Breckenridge Distillery gin, vodka and bourbon, you’ll also learn about the production and aging process.
“We debunk a lot of myths about spirits during our free tastings,” said Jessie Unruh, Marketing Manager at the Breckenridge Distillery. Check out the distillery tours and tastings here. They also offer a VIP experience.
If it’s edible, chances are Liquid Chef Billie Keithley has made a cocktail out of it. And that’s one of the reasons she loves working for the Distillery so much.
“They never put a cap on my creativity,” Keithley said. “I’m thinking about cocktails all the time — my inspiration comes from everywhere.”
Because of the Distillery’s special liquor license, Keithley can’t go out and buy spirits and cordials elsewhere, so she creates them herself. Products like amaros, bitters, vermouth and liqueurs are all made in-house.
“Which means we can put our own twists on them,” she said.
Keithley and Bar Manager Connor Bovich are creating schnapps, shrubs, syrups and juices, among other fresh products, for every specialty cocktail. Popular menu staples include the Obi Wan Old Fashioned, made with Breckenridge Port Cask Whiskey.
4. Patio and Games
On the patio at Breckenridge Distillery, kids can be kids, and adults can be kids. There are picnic tables and yard games, as well as a relaxed, intimate dining area.
“It’s a unique atmosphere — you’re surrounded by barrels and you can hear the production roaring as you soak in Colorado views and fresh air,” Unruh said. “It’s full of energy and excitement, and you’re enjoying it with hand-crafted cocktails.”
5. Private Dinners in Dark Arts Society
This intimate dining experience in the Distillery’s exclusive whiskey club is an experience like none other. Parties of up to 12 people can reserve the Dark Arts Society private room featuring old barn wood, leather couches, and a view of the bottling production area of the Distillery. This exclusive, private dining area comes with a personal wait staff and can be used for families, micro-conferences, executive meetings or small parties.
6. Main Street Tasting Room in downtown Breckenridge
In the heart of downtown Breckenridge, get a taste of not only the Distillery’s spirits but also a taste of what the Breckenridge Distillery is all about. From merchandise to personable, knowledgeable staff, this small tasting room is a glimpse of what you can experience at their main location on Airport Rd.
7. Free shuttle rides
There’s no need to drink and drive when you can drink and ride. The Breckenridge Distillery wants its guests to drink responsibly, which is why it offers a free shuttle for customers with pick-ups and drop-offs anywhere within town limits. The shuttle fits up to 14 people — all you have to do is call the Distillery at (970) 445 8613 to book your ride.
8. KC-style BBQ lunch
The Distillery’s daily Kansas City-style BBQ lunch features baby back ribs, pulled pork, the Diablo sandwich (with burnt ends and bulgogi sauce on Texas toast), beef brisket and more. Classic sides include coleslaw, potato salad, house-seasoned fries and baked beans. Served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
9. Dinner by Chef David Burke
Internationally acclaimed chef David Burke remains a creative consultant for the menu at Breckenridge Distillery. His style combines sophistication with playfulness and continues to innovate the Distillery’s menu and elevate its dishes. Executive Chef Richard Calton and his team use the whole animal to strive toward zero food waste, and they also try to incorporate the Distillery’s spirits into dishes through sauces and marinades.
As always, the menu revolves around local produce, comfort foods with a twist and shareable dishes meant to encourage interaction and conviviality.
“Things that may sound simple on the menu arrive with a lot of unexpected flare,” Calton said. “You see people taking pictures of the food a lot.”
Look for custom processes at the Distillery in the future, such as a future Himalayan sea salt room for dry-aging meats, a patented process by Burke.