In the mountain town of Breckenridge, the 3rd oldest craft brewery in Colorado opened its door back in 1990. Located below the ski slopes most would associate Breckenridge with, the breweries first home was on Main Street. A favorite by locals and tourists alike, it didn’t take long for expansion plans to be put in place, and a second location was opened in Denver just a few years later. They recently moved to a 12 acre campus offering guided tours, a restaurant and of course breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.
What is a Nitro charged beer?
Some may be hearing this for the first time, others are very familiar with the technique. When breweries infuse the beer with nitrogen it creates smaller gas bubbles, giving the beer a creamier and smooth mouthfeel. It also adds variances in smell and appearance. Usually reserved for heavier or darker beers, some have started experimenting with IPA’s as well.
This beers pours a very dark, almost black color. The nitrogen infusion gives way to beautiful frothy white head and leaves sheets of lacing on the side of the glass.
On the nose, vanilla really jumps from the glass. There are strong notes of malt, toasted nuts and aromas of chocolate. The vanilla is by far the most prominent of all aromas but also gives off a very inviting smell.
In your mouth is where the nitro really takes charge. While the Vanilla porter on its own is very smooth, the creaminess from the nitrogen really seals the deal. silky smooth, with plenty of vanilla and chocolate notes that give way to malt and barley flavors.
Overall, stays true to its core brew but adds a smooth creaminess that makes this Vanilla Porter shine. A great choice for those ready to jump right into stout season a few weeks early. This would pair nicely with a nice porterhouse, earthy shellfish like oysters or chocolate mousse cake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints