Breweries "Visited"

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

High Altitude, High Jumps

Beer #242 Agave Wheat / Breckenridge Brewery, Breckenridge, CO

Hooray for today - officially past the 2/3 mark on this blog.  We're off to a concert and picnic at Valley Forge Park tonight, so let's get down to business and cross another one off the list.

The beer for today is the Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery.  While we didn't get to visit their brewpub in person on our most recent trip to Colorado, we have been there previously - the upstairs deck is an awesome spot to soak in the ski town scene and drink fantastic beers.  This one was consumed at a hotel bar (shout out to Marriott!), but it was delicious just the same.  I drank it out of the bottle, so no comment on appearance or aroma, but the taste is a little earthy, a little sweet, and overall has a nice dry feel with notes of wheat and a hint of pepper.  It's a great beer for summer, and one that I highly recommend you try.  At 4.2% ABV, you can certainly enjoy more than one.

This bottle just screams "party!"

Breckenridge Brewing has been open for business since 1990, and they were the third microbrewery to open in the state.  They've started putting more of their brews in cans, which is awesome, as I find cans far more convenient than glass bottles.  I have a six-pack of Summerbright Ale cans from Breckenridge waiting for me in the fridge.

Thing to Think About Today:
Sure, you can be the best person in your area of expertise.  But what about being the person who completely reinvents the field altogether?

Today, we stop to think about Dick Fosbury, who didn't just earn a gold medal in the high jump at the 1968 Olympics, he invented and popularized a brand new way to execute the jump.  Previously, jumpers scissor kicked over the bar, or dove over the bar face first.  Fosbury realized the advantages of running parallel to the bar, then leaping over it backwards, swinging the legs up and over to clear.

While some doubted his approach, it paid dividends when he cleared 7 feet, 4 and 1/4 inches to wrap up the gold medal and beat the Olympic record in the process.  After that?  No one questioned his new method, and in fact the style was christened 'the Fosbury Flop.'  Okay, so not the most glamorous name, but when you've got that shiny gold medal around your neck, you probably don't worry too much about those things.

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