As far as drinking-holiday stunts go, Breckenridge Brewery’s latest is straight-up creative.
The Littleton-based brewer today announced that Sevens in Breckenridge will get an Irish makeover for the month of March, transforming the 10,100-feet restaurant into the continent’s highest-altitude Irish pub — however briefly.
No word on North America’s second-highest-altitude Irish pub, but Trip Savvy rates Paddy’s Irish Pub in Nepal — at 11,156 feet above sea level — as the world’s highest.
You won’t be gasping for breath quite so desperately in Summit County. But Sevens, located inside the Great Lodge at the base of Peak 7 at Breckenridge Ski Resort (1979 Ski Hill Road), comes as close as most of us will ever get.
“Before enjoying an Irish apres ski, visitors can take a ride down Leprechaun Lane and follow it all the way to the Breck Snug, a cozy pop-up bar made of snow ready to welcome skiers with Nitro Irish Stout and Irish cuisine,” Breckenridge Brewery said in a press statement Wednesday.
The restaurant will be temporarily renamed O’Sevens in honor of the March promotion, but “the only thing more Irish than this event is probably Ireland,” Breckenridge said.
As a result, and starting now and running through the end of March, Breckenridge is tipping off fans to a scavenger hunt of sorts with its Nitro Irish Stout. Golden cans will be hidden in the new 12-packs of Nitro, and “those who strike gold can enter to win a trip for two to Ireland by taking a photo of their gold can and posting on social using the hashtag #GoGoldSweepstakes,” Breckenridge said.
After Sevens gets its Irish makeover, the eatery and bar also will offer “Irish inspired, Colorado crafted speciality menu items” March 11-17, followed by St. Patrick’s Day festivities March 15-17 that include live music, a snow sculpture bar, beer specials and more.
Reminder: High-country dehydration, even among acclimated long-timers, is a very real and dangerous thing, so be sure to alternate sips of water with your spirited St. Paddy’s Day libations this year.