Monday, April 13, 2015

Breckenridge Brewery announces 2015 Denver Comic Con beer!

Hulk’s Mash Denver, CO – April 14, 2015 – Since Comic Con graced Denver with its first conference in 2012, Breckenridge Brewery has been a loyal and active sponsor.  Each year the brewery creates a special beer forthe conference, and with friends from Denver Comic Con, it hosts a popular name-the-beer contest through social media.  This year’s knock-out Comic Con beer, “Hulk’s Mash,” will debut Friday, May 1st at The 1up – Colfax at 717 East Colfax Avenue in Denver.  The 1up - Colfax and The 1up – Lodo will have the beer on tap leading up to the conference May 23-25.

The fluid:The beer is delightful pale ale made with mango puree and Mosaic hops.  It sounds mild-mannered, but don’t be fooled.  Mosaic hops produce an aromatic punch of mango, lemon, citrus, and earthy pine scents.  Loads of pulverized mangos heroically balance the hoppy aroma and flavor.
The name:                                                  
As is tradition in March, Breckenridge Brewery hosted its on-line “Name the Comic Con Beer” contest.  From 700 entries this year, 5 finalists were chosen.  Then came a public vote. “Hulk’s Mash,” the clever conception of Jonathan Cooper, rose to the top and became the honored 2015 Comic Con beer name.
The image:
New this year was the label artwork contest, sponsored by Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.  Students at RMCAD were invited to create label designs for Hulk’s Mash, and artwork by Trevor Plaza was chosen to adorn limited-edition commemorative pint glasses.  The first 200 to attend the Hulk’s Mash release party on May 1 receive a free pint glass.  The glasses and Hulk’s Mash beer will be on sale at the conference.  Select Denver pubs are signed on to carry the beer and offer glasses (while supplies last) during Denver Comic Con weekend.
Leading up to and during Comic Con, Hulk’s Mash can be found at Breckenridge Colorado Craft, Hard Rock Café, Hyatt Regency, Marlowe’s, Paramount Café, Pizza Republica, Tarantula Billiards, The 1up (Colfax and Lodo locations), Tilted Kilt, and World of Beer. 
Denver Comic Con is Denver’s premiere pop-culture fan experience, covering the worlds of comic books, film, and related media. It is also an extension of and an awareness builder for its parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom. This year, the 3-day conference will bring 90,000 fans to the Colorado Convention Center.
Follow Breckenridge Brewery and Denver Comic Con on social media for updates and additional information.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

It’s official – Breck IPA is AVAILABLE

Thanks to all who helped us launch Breck IPA last night at Pub on Penn in Denver!  It didn’t take long to kill our complimentary keg or deplete our supply of t-shirts and other giveaways.  Our appreciation goes out to the fine folks at Pub on Penn for letting us take over their bar.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Announcing Breck IPA: our newest year-round beer!

Denver, CO – April 2, 2015 
Next week Breckenridge Brewery releases a new year-round India Pale Ale in all of its markets. Simply stated, Breck IPA is what it was designed to be – a stand-out IPA, Colorado style. Breck IPA hits you right away with a distinctively pleasant floral aroma that carries hints of tropical fruit. The bready malt backbone, however, balances its citrus hop flavor and lends it staying power.
Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations, led the brewing team in developing the right recipe for the new year-round IPA offering. “We got a lot of feedback from the market, our sales folks and our production crew on qualities that make an IPA rise above the standard. It was important to stay true to style while differentiating ourselves. That's hard to do in a market segment with so many choices and so many acceptable varieties within the style. We set out to create something extremely aromatic, but more balanced in flavor.”
“We spent a lot of time in R&D with this one,” shares John Jordan, Breckenridge Brewery's Quality Control Brewer. “We played around with some experimental hops and malts in an effort to create something totally different, but not so crazy-different that it excludes itself from much of the market. Some ingredients we kept; others were scratched. It's been a great process – we learned a lot.”
The brewing team found that Mosaic and Cascade hops together lend the aromatic qualities that they sought.  Full Pint malt, a relatively new and rare malt variety, provides a fullness in flavor that compliments the bittering hops.  Full Pint malt is grown in the Rocky Mountain region using watering methods that are more efficient and produce plump, bright barley.  Because this malt is in such limited supplies, not many brewers are able to commit to large-scale, year round beers using it.  Breckenridge Brewery is so pleased with the unique flavor Full Pint adds to Breck IPA that it secured a multi-year contract for quantities of it.
Scrutiny of ingredients was paramount, but so was scrutiny of process. Experimenting with different hop treatments in various stages of production assisted in elevating the aroma and balancing the bitterness of this beer.  “Recirculating hops for an extended period of time in late stages of production was ideal for this beer.  It's labor intensive, but worth it,” added Jordan.  The end result is what the brewery calls a Colorado-style IPA...delightfully hoppy with satisfying body.  Breck IPA weighs in at 6.3% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and 66 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).
Those in the Denver area are invited to join Breckenridge Brewery at its Breck IPA tap-in party Thursday, April 9th, at Pub on Penn at Capitol Hill (1278 Pennsylvania St, Denver). The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with sampling, complimentary pints, and plenty of giveaways.

With the addition of Breck IPA, Breckenridge Brewery’s year-round portfolio now holds eight beers that include several session beers and styles that range from amber and wheat to stout and porter…and now two IPAs. Lucky U IPA has been a staple in the portfolio since 2009, and it’s not going anywhere. Usry explains, “We created Lucky U to satisfy the call at the time for IPAs with a bunch of hops and a focus on flavor and bitterness. It’s still relevant with a nice aroma and seven hop varieties that cascade across the palate as the beer is enjoyed. Breck IPA is much different and fills a void we felt existed in our year-round offerings. The IPA style has evolved and matured in the US, and this beer is for those seeking out a solid IPA - aromatic, flavorful, balanced, and enjoyable.”
Look for Breck IPA in draft and 12-oz bottles.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Missed out on last weekend's Collaboration Fest?

Join us for our own Collab 
tap-in party

Friday, 3/27, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Ale House at Amato's
2501 16th St, Denver, CO

Featuring Breckenridge Brewery collaborations with Starr Hill Brewery (VA) and MadTree Brewing Company (OH)

With Special Guest:  Robbie O'Cain, Brewmaster for Starr Hill

Snow Your Oats, Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - a collaboration with Starr Hill

A rich and smooth stout, made with specially sourced Virginia oats and 200 pounds of dark chocolate from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory of Durango, Colorado

Saison Ridge - a collaboration with MadTree

A dry, spicy saison made with Colorado spruce tips and honey with fragrant spice bush berries from Ohio ~ both refreshing and interestingly complex.
Friday, March 13, 2015



Breckenridge Brewery and nationally acclaimed rock/bluegrass band Leftover Salmon announce a unique beer and music collaboration today. This year, these two kindred Colorado spirits each celebrate 25 years of craftsmanship, so they've come together to formulate a beer that celebrates the milestone.  Packaged in 22-oz bottles with a download code for 25 live songs from Leftover Salmon, the beer will debut at Breckenridge Brewery's annual Hootenanny on July 18th.  Leftover Salmon is headlining the event, which is the first public party scheduled at Breckenridge's new brewery in Littleton, Colorado.

The Music and Beer Conspiracy

Handcrafted beer and handcrafted music – together, as they should be.  The process has begun to create a unique beer recipe that captures the essence of these two native Colorado organizations.  While Breckenridge Brewery is busy brewing and conditioning the jointly developed beer, Leftover Salmon will find time in the studio to compile and master twenty-five outstanding live song performances into an album to commemorate its 25th anniversary.  The album will be released exclusively by download with the beer, bottles of which feature unique label artwork by artist John Vogl.  After the bottle & album release at the Hootenanny on July 18th, the package will be sold across the nation where Breckenridge beer is sold. Read More...
Friday, March 06, 2015

Have you tried what's new this season?

Ophelia returns for an encore performance.  Her debut last year as our new spring seasonal was quite inspiring.  Like her namesake from Shakespeare's Hamlet, this beer is sweet and innocent. The unique hoppy wheat beer has a modest 5% ABV and offers a refreshing crispness with whispers of tropical fruit. It's worth noting, however, that unlike Shakespeare's Ophelia, there's no tragic ending with this beer.  Quite the opposite, the beer's light and hoppy finish leaves you wanting another.

Hurry, though – the curtain is closing on this seasonal.  SummerBright will be here before you know it!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Thanks to all who joined us to release Barleywine Batch #2 last Friday night!

We enjoyed hanging out with you in the brewery, tasting Batch #1 and Batch #2 side-by-side, while enjoying the sounds of Andy Thorn, banjo player for Leftover Salmon.

The first Golden Ticket was given away.  Stay tuned for more info in May on how you can be a lucky winner yourself.

A year in the making, Barleywine Batch #2 is a traditional English-style barley wine that was cold conditioned for months and then aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.  We find it gives off aromas of prune, molasses and wet oak. It hits the palate with more prunes, round maltiness and a bit of hops, with subtle hints of cabernet in the finish.

Barley wines are known to cellar beautifully.  We tucked away some of our original Batch #1 bottles (aged in fresh American Oak barrels) which are available for sale in our Tasting Room at 471 Kalamath Street, Denver.  Barleywine Batch #2 is also now available in our Tasting Room, and you'll see it on the shelves in select stores.  We suggest picking up at least 2 - one to enjoy now and one to cellar.  

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Starrs Align - Starr Hill and BreckBrew - "Snow Your Oats" Collaboration Beer on the Way!

February 2015 is officially collab month here at Breckenridge Brewery.  How fun is this?!

Today, we are honored to have Robbie O'Cain, Brewmaster at Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet, VA, here with us!  Brewing with our own Bob Harrington and Matt Barnes, the team is carefully executing a special Chocolate Oatmeal Stout that the two breweries formulated together.  Robbie shipped ahead malt and barley used in Dark Starr, Little Red RooStarr, and other great Starr Hill stouts, and he carried with him locally sourced Virginia oats.  Breckenridge Brewery threw in 200 pounds of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (of Durango, CO) dark chocolate to round out the 50 bbl brew.

With inspiration from the snowstorm outside while they brew, they've just named this indulgent beer, "Snow your Oats."

Friday, February 20, 2015

Breckenridge Brewery reviews 2014 and shares 2015 outlook

The year 2015 will be one of growth and innovation for Breckenridge Brewery. With its new farm-inspired brewery campus opening in May, the brewery projects 30% growth in volume and the flexibility to produce more small-batch beers, exciting collaborations, and interesting one-offs. The new brewery in Littleton, Colorado, is wrapping up construction. In addition to the 76,000 square-foot brewery, cellar, and warehouse buildings, the campus includes its Farm House restaurant, which promises an open and welcoming visitor experience with a farm-to-table menu, an outdoor beer garden and music venue, and a world-class tour program.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Barleywine Batch #2 Bottle Release Party – Friday, February 27

Our second Barleywine has finally matured
(well, that's one thing around here that's matured),
and we can't wait to share it with you.

Please join us as we pop open some bottles 
and indulge in vertical tastings of 
Barleywine Batch #1 and Barleywine Batch #2

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Come Party Amongst the Fermenters with live music and chocolate/cheese pairings.

PLUS - the first “golden ticket*” will be given to one lucky person!

If you were with us last year, you know that Barleywine Batch #1 is a traditional English-style barley wine cold conditioned for months and then aged in fresh American Oak barrels ~ rich and delectable.

Barleywine Batch #2 offers a new twist on the original. Aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, this year's Barleywine gives off aromas of prune, molasses and wet oak. It hits the palate with more prunes, round maltiness and a bit of hops, with subtle hints of cabernet in the finish.