The craft movement is alive and thriving in Breckenridge as more locals are sharing their talents, spinning side hustle into full-on artistic entrepreneurship. We’re hollering back to the days where handcrafted outweighs big box. And creativity is flourishing as our friends and neighbors pour their hearts into their craft.
Here are a few born-in-Breckenridge experiences and products that continue to shape our community.
North of downtown Breckenridge, you’ll find this dog- and kid-friendly hangout where locals flock to pints of chocolate coffee stout and chili pepper pale ale in a laid-back, BYO food setting. The brewery answered its insta-popularity with an expanded taproom and side patio and we’ve been giddy to find Summit County restaurants adding Broken Compass taps to their lineups.
68 Continental Ct., 970-368-2772, brokencompassbrewing.com
Bryan Nolt brought Breckenridge Distillery to life in 2007, evolving his spirits into a globally recognized brand and recently expanding the Airport Road distillery into a full-fledged high-end restaurant. Visit the retail shop, sip craft concoctions in the cocktail bar or take a tour of the spacious barrel house.
1925 Airport Rd., 970-547-9759, breckenridgedistillery.com
This Main Street brewery started creating its beloved Colorado ales in 1990 as the third-oldest craft brewery in the state. Over the years, the brewpub has sprawled into larger Denver and Littleton locations and was acquired by Anheuser-Busch. Even though they send beer to 35 states now, their Vanilla Porter and Avalanche Amber taste the same as when we first sipped ‘em.
600 S. Main St., 970-453-1550, breckbrew.com/visit/breckenridge
Annie Kerr is a self-described type-A hippy entrepreneur with Rocky Mountain spirit. And it’s reflected in her stylish jewelry. The 31-year-old Boston native landed in Breck in 2008, selling her simple, lightweight quality earrings at Magical Scraps and Clint’s Bakery while working other jobs. Kerr took the full-time artist plunge in 2013 and has since set up shop in the Breckenridge Arts District.
110 E. Washington Ave., 978-501-6175, thewildbalance.com
Alicia Clark Fulcher’s bohemian-style jewelry is mountain chic vintage meets warrior woman, incorporating lots of brass wire, bone, crystals and textiles. The self-taught Peruvian artist maintains a dedicated following on Etsy and pulls from high-altitude living and ancient cultures to craft her unique, soulful pieces. Shop on Instagram or Etsy @Spicyheart or find her wares dangling at Vintage Sweet and Chic, Wandering Daisies and Fun vs Awesome.
Breck local Renee Bartnick uses only organic or all natural ingredients to hand-craft small batches of these yummy soaps. That means no harsh dyes, fragrances or preservatives. She takes pride in creating a safe, pure soap the whole family can use, including her infant son. Look for Breckenridge Soap Company at the Blue Sage Spa, Marigold’s Farmhouse Funk & Junk and Nature’s Own in Breckenridge.
Get Outside with It
RMU is a real grassroots ski bum story (read all about it here). These guys started out making hand-crafted skis for themselves in their basement (hence the underground name), then for friends who paid them in beer, and now their wildly successful alpine equipment is sold around the world and in a fresh Breckenridge retail-tavern space. RMU keeps it real with a “50+ days on snow” employee requirement. They also sell apparel and the Grrowler, a wearable dog bowl-collar combo.
114 S. Main St., 855-548-8020, rmuoutdoors.com
Skiing Magazine has called Breckenridge-headquartered Faction the Ski of the Year. Born in 2006, The Faction Collective came about in a time of skinny, flat-tailed, capped family and racing skis. Freestyle skiing was taking flight and these globe-trotting friends wanted something more. Today, the high-performance freeride and all-mountain skis are the foundation of a full gear and outerwear line.
106 N. French St., 970-453-9443, factionskis.com
Born from a family of lifelong skiers—mom a former racer, dad a full-time alpine race coach and former US Ski Team athlete, and daughter an elite alpine competitor—Breckenridge-based Steller Ltd. hand sews high-performance neckies and bandanas. These stylish multi-season sports accessories are made with love, gratitude and amazingly fuzzy, warm micro fleece.
Amy Flanagan crafts True Joy Soy homemade candles in her Breckenridge kitchen. The soy candles use eco soya wax—100 percent soybeans and botanical oils—for a cleaner, healthier burn. Sniff these homey jars and discover other Colorado artist creations at Serendipity of Breckenridge.
Breckenridge 9600 BBQ Sauce uses Breckenridge Distillery bourbon in its spicy Kansas City-style sauce, making it ideal for chicken, chops, burgers and tofu. Try their Bloody Mary mix too.
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