Happy Hour of the Week: Breckenridge Brewery

February 2010
Rarely do I bother with happy-hour food. I'm not a restaurant critic (I leave that to the experts), and food specials generally aren't the tipping point of great happy hours. That all changed for me on a recent visit to Breckenridge Brewery's Kalamath location, after I took down close to a dozen of the signature smoked wings, which were on special for 30 cents apiece. I've been craving them ever since. Breck puts out some solid beers at a spectacular price of $2.50 a pint during happy hour. The Kalamath brewery has a more homey feel than its downtown sibling, with chess players, large groups of friends, and servers who don't hesitate to tease the regulars. I enjoyed my sampler of the 471 IPA (a terrifically hoppy draft), and we also ordered pitchers of the Trademark Pale Ale for just $7. I recommend both, as well as those perfectly spicy, tangy, and tender wings. Happy hour runs Monday through Saturday from 2-6 p.m. Pitchers of the "mainline" (brewed year round) and seasonals are $7, and 471 pitchers (of the IPA and ESB) are $9. In addition, on Mondays happy hour lasts from 2 p.m. to close; Tuesdays feature all-you-can-eat ribs for $11.50; on Wednesdays happy hour lasts all day; starting at 4 p.m. Thursdays you get a free beer with a sandwich or platter; and on Fridays starting at 4 p.m. the signature smoked wings are 30 cents. 471 Kalamath Street; 303-573-0431