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25 Year Celebration with Leftover Salmon at Breckenridge Brewery

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25 Year Celebration with Leftover Salmon at Breckenridge BreweryJoin Leftover Salmon and Breckenridge Brewery on July 18th for an ALL INCLUSIVE celebration of 25 years. The annual Hootenanny will be taking place at the brewery’s brand new 12 acre brewing campus in Littleton, CO. We are honored to headline the event! Additional performances include Anders Osborne, Zach Deputy, & MilkDrive. A second stage, hosted by WinterWonderGrass Festival, will feature The Drunken Hearts, Chain Station, Colorado Goat Ropers Guild, and a very special set with the WinterWonderGrass Allstars. The event is all inclusive of music, food from the annual pig roast, and of course lots of beer! To purchase your tickets, Click Here.

To commemorate this 25 Year milestone, Leftover Salmon has joined forces with Breckenridge Brewery to create a collaborative limited release beer, Silver Salmon India Pale Lager, packaged with the band's new live album 25. The beer will be on tap at the Hootenanny. Be on the lookout for the Silver Salmon bombers and 25, available in select stores across the United States this Fall.

Plans have been brewing for months, and now two Colorado-born craftsmen are tuned up and ready for a unique silver anniversary celebration. Rock/bluegrass band Leftover Salmon and Breckenridge Brewery have each enjoyed twenty-five years of success. To commemorate this milestone they have joined forces to release a collaborative beer, packaged with twenty-five live tunes from Leftover Salmon, which will debut at Breckenridge Brewery’s annual Hootenanny on July 18th.

Back in March, the two groups got together over a few pints to share ideas on just the right beer recipe for the momentous occasion. They embraced an India Pale Lager style and aptly named it Silver Salmon. “A hoppy lager is a lighter, thirst-quenching style that we thought would be perfect for an outdoor music scene,” explains Brian Reinecke, the brewer for Breckenridge Brewery who formulated the recipe. “We used American hops that give the beer flavor and aroma, but not too much bitterness. To give Silver Salmon some depth, we used Vienna malt and added in some flaked oats. The oats increase the body and give the beer a visual dimension, an opalescence.”

Leftover Salmon co-founder, singer, guitarist and washboard player Vince Herman led the Salmon Heads in the late 1980s. He asked future co-founder Drew Emmitt of the Left Hand String Band with bassist Glen Keefe to fill in for some missing Salmon Heads for a show in Crested Butte, Colorado. Together, they took the name Leftover Salmon and the group played its first show New Year’s Eve, 1989, in the small mountain town. Emmitt reflects fondly on the band’s early days. “We knew we were doing something special” he says. “At that point in the early-‘90s, it was the birth of the jam band movement, Phish was starting out, Widespread Panic was starting out, and they were a little ahead of us, obviously, but we were one of the first bands to get out there with bluegrass and just get on the road and try to make something happen without a record deal. We were just following in the footsteps of New Grass Revival, Hot Rize and Little Feat, but by doing that I think we inspired some other bands too.” The band went on to produce successful album after album and tour nationally, becoming unwitting architects of the jam grass genre.

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