The Joy of Victory Beers in Breckenridge this Summer! (Presented by Gold Pan Saloon)

In Best of Breckenridge by Ellie Hartman

5 excellent places to enjoy your victory beer after conquering summer activities in Breckenridge!


Gold Pan Saloon Back Patio - Photo Credit BreckInsider | Kelsey Booth

This Blog is Sponsored by Gold Pan Saloon

A must-visit to include on any Breckenridge bucket list, “The Pan” is Breck’s oldest bar and a true locals favorite. Featuring a brand new back patio and firepit, amazing craft beer selection, rockin’ dance floor, awesome bartenders, and some of the best parties in Breck.


After an awesome, long day of hiking, biking, fly fishing, rafting, or whatever summer activity you’re conquering, a victory beer is crucial to closing out the day! I saw a man the other day that was whitewater paddle boarding down the river and he hollered at me wondering where the closest craft brewery was to stop at. All I could think is, “man, that is a serious Coloradan right there!”

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This is when I reflected on the fact that I look at victory beers as the good ol’ pat on the back, the deliciousness that is going to whisper to you, “You did great! Now sit back and relax.” Really, it is pure happiness in a cup. If you are not from Colorado, just know that Colorado people (or at least a mass majority of them), have a strong love for this malty beverage! Colorado is one of the original beer states (Coors Banquet was founded in 1873) and has the 3rd most breweries in the U.S. This is super impressive, right?! So, why not enjoy the crafty drink, especially after a wonderful day of kick a**, outdoor activities!

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In Breckenridge, there is a multitude of places to grab that victory beer needed! However, I want to consider the atmosphere that provides something special to those who just crushed the outdoor scene and want to feel the pure reward of that! Here are my top 5 spots to grab a victory brew!


Top Five Places to Grab A Victory Beer in Breckenridge

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RMU Tavern and Beer Garden

The RMU bar is definitely made for the outdoorsy, lively bunch of happy people that breathe in the small successes during the day that justify a victory beer! Bike or walk to this bar and crack open that tasty victory beer, play some cornhole, listen to live tunes, and enjoy the surroundings of people who say “cheers” just like you do! The full, live music schedule is always available at BreckInsider.


Broken Compass Brewing Company

Whether you are climbing your way back on a bike ride from Frisco to Breckenridge, on a bike tour, or just enjoying the outskirts of Breck, Broken Compass is an establishment created for that refreshing victory beer! This team is super creative with different flavors of beer to satisfy every pallet. The facility is ultimately created for beer lovers, competitive Cornhole players, and humans just pumped to be in the mountains of Colorado! Call for their free shuttle at (970) 406-2011.


The Gold Pan Saloon 

The Gold Pan Saloon is an old-time locals favorite! Since it is one of the oldest bars ever established in Breck, and claims rights to the longest-running liquor license west of the Mississippi, it has had some time to make a name for itself! Tourists share the love for this place, especially at late night hours. You can happily drink your victory beer at any time of the afternoon and through the night. It can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio, on the dance floor, inside listening to live music, or at the old, historic saloon bar! Recently, a delicious artisan cider beer has come out of the Gold Pan Saloon called, Tenmile Cider Company! This is a must-try for cider lovers and local beer supporters!

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Breckenridge Brewery 

As we all know, Breckenridge Brewery has done very well in the beer industry. Although they have grown tremendously, they still have not lost the flare of the small-town vibe! Located at the south end of Main Street, the large brewpub is easy to access and has a delicious selection of beers to choose from for that victory brew!


The Stinky Boot Saloon

This is a stellar restaurant/bar to hike to! Either walk down to it by enjoying the enchantment of the Fairy Trail and the BOEC Lake or hike up on 4 ’clock run from town! If you have already had a big day and that victory beer is already in site, driving is also an option to this location! The Stinky Boot Saloon, located within Grand Timber Lodge, has made it a part of their theme to highlight and applaud people who have pushed themselves in athletics and extreme sports! This attribute shows that they care for those who deserve the ultimate victory beer!


Honorable Mention – Best Places to Enjoy a Victory Beer in Breck

Absinthe Bar – Comfy lounge with unique beers from around the world.

Après Handcrafted Libations – So many craft beers that they need multiple chalkboards to list them all out.

Base Nine Bar – Cozy hideout located at the base of the Beaver Run Chair.

Blue Stag Saloon – Killer CO beer selection with two patios and a firepit.

BoLD – Incredible deck, brunch, and happy hour.

Breckenridge Pour House – Serve yourself beer bar coming soon.

Breckenridge Tap House – Incredible selection of beers and tequilas with a large back patio.

Burke & Riley’s – Irish Pub with a massive deck, killer views, and firepit.

Downstairs at Eric’s – Breck’s family-friendly arcade featuring 30 beers on tap.

Empire Burger – Burgers, beers, and boozy shakes

FlipSide Burger – Burgers and craft beers.

Kenosha – Impressive tap wall and equally impressive back deck and games area.

Motherloaded Tavern – Get cozy at Momma’s with live tunes on the back patio weekly.

Napper Tandy’s – Irish Pub, great for groups with a deck and firepit

Ollie’s Pub & Grub – Sports bar, CO beers, great apps, locals vibe.

Sancho Tacos & Tequila – Mountain views on their patio and ice-cold beer goblets for those brews from Mexico and also from Frisco-based Highside Brewery.

The Crown – The locals coffee shop with 3 taps and a lovely back patio overlooking the river.

Traverse – Best views of Breckenridge, huge deck, and close to many biking and hiking trails on Boreas Pass.


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Ellie Hartman

Ellie Hartman was born and raised in Breckenridge, Colorado. She spent 4 years in Miami getting her Master’s in Business, soaking up the sun, shredding dance floors, and Rowing NCAA Crew. After almost another year spent backpacking around the world, she has recently returned to Breck, full of wanderlust and a thirst for life! Ellie enjoys skiing, yoga, great coffee, travel, SCUBA Diving, anything outdoors, delicious beer, and happy people. She is very excited to be back in Breckenridge to shred some runs, enjoy our lively town, and write for BreckInsider about the awesome events to "send it to!"