Find your way to Broken Compass!

Just before Christmas we were up in Breckenridge and I saw a sticker… a sticker for a new brewery in Breckenridge!  Guerrilla marketing at it’s best!

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On our next trip up the mountains, I had Broken Compass on my non-negotiable, must visit list.  After circling the industrial park for a few minutes, we pulled up and settled in.  We chatted up our beertender and stared at the tap menu.  After a couple brief glances, we decided to eliminate the pumpkin seasonal and let those who know the beer do the picking.  We tasted the six favorites (and a few sips of a few extras) and decided we could definitely make this a regular stop.

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I had two definite favorites.  My first was the Coconut Porter.  Coconut in anything is good but coconut in beer is pretty awesome!  The best part is that there is nothing fake about this coconut!  Real, dried, whole flakes of Organic Coconut are added to the fermenter to impart some strong flavor.  I could curl up with a growler of this beer and sit by the fire and stare at the snow all day!  No skiing necessary.  The minute they start putting this in cans/bottles, I will be stocking up.  (Brand new brewery so no idea when that will happen…  soon?).

The second beer I loved was the exact opposite.  This was a warm weather beer to be enjoyed in the sun (or after a long day of bluebird skiing).  This beer was the Ginger Pale ale and I sat an enjoyed  a whole pint of this.  If you will remember, one of my favorite beers on the planet is Left Hand’s Good JuJu.  While both of these beers share the ginger flavor, that is where it stops.  The Ginger Pale ale had a spicy, biting ginger taste that kept from chugging it down but kept you coming back.  It was intriguing and light but full bodied.  Definitely a unique taste.

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Overall, I had a blast getting to know another great mountain spot.  And if you check out their Facebook, you will see they are always having a great time!  Hopefully I can stop up sometime for a Potluck!

 

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This could get a bit hairy… A quick visit to GrossenBart Brewery

 

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What do you do when you are tired of looking at your Christmas decorations but it’s still snowing out?  You find the closest new brewery and brave the cold!  A few days ago (before the last pile of sow accumulated) we hit up one of Longmont’s new breweries, GrossenBart.  We have tried this beer at a few festivals and we were ready to see what they could do with a more permanent location.  After lurking around a back alley type circle behind the school bus lot, we stumbled upon the tiny cardboard brewery sign.  This is par for the course for many Front Range breweries.  We pulled into the lot and walked into a quiet, dog friendly brewery.  The set up was pretty sparse but it had everything you needed to enjoy a pint.

 

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We grabbed a mustache shaped taster tray and sat where I could get a good look at the chalk art on the wall.  We were able to try all of their beers.  Most of the beers on the menu were pretty low IBU’s and ABV so great to have a few with friends.  The IPA was the exact opposite of the rest of their pairings and a little too strong for these tastebuds.

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My favorite of the day was the pale ale.  It was nice and balanced.  Their website says that this is the beer for those not quite prepared for the IPA.  And each glass lets you try out your new facial hair.

“Each of our beers are associated with a different style of facial hair. Hold the glass up to your face to see how you would look sporting all the unique facial hair styles!”

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While we hanging out with the GrossenBart mascot, the Admiral, we watched the snow and heard about the two upcoming brews.  The winter wheat and red ales are next. And that means we will have to go back and sample.  While we didn’t get to know the guys behind the bar very well, we will hopefully get to sit down and chat on our next visit.

Welcome to Longmont guys!

 

 

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