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Rosie's passes the high-altitude torch to Breckenridge Brewery

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I saw this bumper sticker affixed to a light pole outside a brewery in a little mountain town last week, but the brewery wasn't Rosie's Brewpub and the town wasn't Leadville.

Instead, someone had decided to celebrate Rosie's, which closed May 30, just a few feet from the front door of Amicas in Salida.

An unusual pairing of Neapolitan pizza joint and brewpub, Amicas was slammed with tourists, locals, river enthusiasts and motorcyclists all enjoying a few hours, a day or a week off, and a fun place to hang out.

Plus, they have a great beer sampler that includes most of the beers they make, brews like Ute Trail Pale Ale, Double IPA, Rex's Amber and Big S Brown.

But the bumper sticker did bring to mind a question: Now that Rosie's is gone, what is North America's Highest Brewery, and is it in Colorado?

Is it Amicas at 7,083 feet? Not even close.

Silverton Brewery, which opened in June 2005 and whose motto is, "We are elevating beer," is close at 9,308 feet. But Summit County appears to be tops with the Backcountry Brewery in Frisco (9,075 feet), Dillon Dam Brewery (9,111) and Breckenridge Brewery's original location at 9,600 feet -- the highest brewery, as far as I can tell, in Colorado.

Todd Thibault, sales and marketing director for Breckenridge (which began canning its signature Avalanche Ale this week), says he's confident that this is the case, although he points out that the Grand Lake Brewing Company (8,437 feet) holds the honor for the highest-altitude beer packaging.

So raise a glass - really high - to Breck.

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