Breckenridge Distillery Bitters
Breckenridge Distillery in Colorado is known for high quality Bourbon and was named Distillery of the Year in 2013 and 2015 at the New York International Spirits Competition. They also produce this interesting liqueur which they call 'Bitters'. It is a bittersweet, complex, fruity liqueur to sip straight chilled or over ice, or mixed into a cocktail. Or try a splash in a pint of pale ale to accentuate the hops. Breckenridge Bitters is bitter in taste, but it's well-balanced by an underlying sweetness from the dried fruit used to finish it. The dominant bitter flavor comes from gentian root and genepi, an herb in the wormwood family, but not the same one traditionally used in absinthe. It grows wild in Colorado's Tenmile mountain range, near the distillery, and smells like chamomile. Sixteen different herbs, botanicals and fruits are steeped in the base, which requires a three-stage maceration and takes three weeks, from start to finish. Breckenridge Distillery's Bitters was one of the first of this style to be produced in the United States, and was inspired by European versions.
In 2007, self-professed whisk(e)y nerd Brian Nolt founded Breckenridge distillery in Breckenridge, Colorado. Cashing out his life savings, kids’ college fund, and eventually selling his house to cover monthly payroll and taxes, he and his dedicated team bootstrapped their way through the early years and managed to become a big sucess. Nolt works hard using local ingredients and pays close attention to the details of distilling. He also credits much his success on the unique features of Breckenridge water which he uses for proofing and blending every bottle.
1 measure Breckenridge Bitters
1 pint Cold IPA
Add one measure of Breckenridge Bitters to a pint glass. Top with cold IPA.