I’m not one to shy away from sweets, but when my server dangled the words “fried” and “brownie” before me as he cleared my dinner plate, even I was hesitant. Could I really? Short answer: Oh, yes. And this wasn’t just any old deep-fried treat: Two cocoa-vanilla brownies laced with Breckenridge Brewery’s Thunder Stout arrived ale-battered, à la mode, and drizzled with chocolate syrup. The confection is nothing short of sinful, like an all-American picnic favorite wrapped in the carnival-stall fried dough of your childhood.

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