Après-Ski in Breckenridge: A Love Story

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Before my adventure in Breckenridge, I was a Colorado newbie. Grasping the map on my first chair up, the amount of terrain, peaks and trails made me positively giddy. Fittingly, it was Valentine’s Day and before I had even skied one trail, I was in love

For the cowboy or cowgirl: Briar Rose Chophouse & Saloon

For the craft snob: Après

With points given for the to-the-point name, this new bar is all about the handcrafted. And with two parts hipster, one part log cabin, the vibe here is the opposite of the pretentious cocktail bar that you might expect.
Two friends playing chess at a side table, Christmas lights twinkling over the window, a comfortably busy scene at the bar, and the friendly smile of the mixologist—was this a bar or a (really cool) friend’s house?
My buddy and I wanted to get a prime view of the cocktail magic so we pulled up a red stool, careful not to knock over the tiny bottles of bitters, liqueurs, and other cocktail potions.
Looking up, I don’t think I’d ever seen that many taps behind the bar. The extensive craft beer collection, including 30 drafts, is truly impressive. Most are local brews but some hailed from the far-reaching lands of Maui and all the way to Sweden.
But since the Après handcrafted cocktail list was two full pages long, it took me a little while to decide what to order.
Seasonal specialties like a spice holiday Old Fashioned and what promised to be “liquid pecan pie” were enticing but we went for classics: Bees Knees and a Corpse Reviver #2.
Expertly balanced, the Bees Knees was neither too honey-sweet or too citric from the lemon with just a hint of herbal gin flavor.
The Corpse Reviver #2 was a warming, slightly licorice dram—which certainly kicks après- ski into the next gear.  

For the cocktail lovers: Breckenridge Distillery

For the laid-back brew: Broken Compass Brewing

For the boozy ski shop: RMU Tavern

For the oenophile: Giampietro Pizzeria

For Ski Fuel: Pioneer Crossing

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