Breckenridge Brewery is an active and enthusiastic sponsor of the Denver Comic Con. Each year, the brewery brews a special one-off beer for the event. Additionally, the brewery takes to social media to name each year’s release. Last year’s offering – Brew’s Wayne.
On Friday, May 1st, Breckenridge Hulk’s Mash, a Mosaic hop laden pale ale, will debut. The name came from a pool of over 700 offerings, Jonathan Cooper’s name took the vote. Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design created the beer’s label.
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.
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 runs May 23-35, 2015.
Style: Pale Ale
Availability: Draft Only
Breckenridge Regal Double Pilsner
Breckenridge Brewery will expand their barrel aged offerings nationwide, with the release of Barrel Aged 72 Imperial. For the first time, the Colorado brewery will package its specialty barrel-aged beers in large format and ship it to all 37 states to which they currently distribute.
Barrel Aged 72 Imperial is the brewery’s chocolate cream stout made with 400 lbs of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate, then aged in whiskey barrels.
“It’s very exciting that we’ll have the ability to produce these unique, one-off beers at a significantly larger scale,” remarks Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations at Breckenridge Brewery. “Until now, distribution of our barrel-aged varieties has been mostly limited to our home market due to capacity constraints. With the features in place at our new brewery, we’re going to be able to share these notable releases with consumers across the country.”
Breckenridge Barrel Aged 72 Imperial will be available in 22oz bottles in all 37 states the they currently distribute to.
Breckenridge Brewery (Colorado) has teamed up for a third year with the Denver Comic Con to create a nerdy offering.
Brews Wayne will be the official beer of the 2014 Denver Comic Con. The beer is a hoppy amber ale, a hybrid of two styles.
The beer’s name, “Brews Wayne,” was selected from more than 1000 names submitted and voted on by fans. Colorado-based author, artist, and video game developer, Josh Viola, accompanied by comic book artist and illustrator, Aaron Lovett, created the commemorative pint glass and tap handle art for Brews Wayne. Viola is most known for his novel, “The Bane of Yoto,” but has also worked as an art director for Leviathan Games and been a featured artist on FEARnet.
Breckenridge Brews Wayne will launch at a special event on May 30th at The 1up in Denver. After the event, look for Brews Wayne on tap around the city for a limited time.
Style: Amber Ale
Availability: Draft only. June release. Denver area only
The recipe is based on the 16th Anniversary Ale from SweetWater, a red wheat wine ale and Breckenridge’s new spring seasonal Ophelia Hoppy Wheat Ale. If you weren’t aware, SweetWater founder Freddy Bensch came from Colorado to Georgia to start the brewery. He has been friends with Breckenridge founder J. Todd Usry for years.
“I really enjoyed our 16th Anniversary Red Wheat Wine Ale and I think this brew is going to pair well with the Mosaic hops and malted Buckwheat, two ingredients we’ve never worked with before,” said SweetWater Head Brewer Nick Nock. “I’m looking forward to getting back up there to get my hands, and lips, on it!”
You will know this beer “O’ Tay”, limited to draft only in Colorado, with special tappings during the Craft Brewer’s Conference.
Style: Wheat Ale
Availability: Draft Only. Limited to Colorado
If you go:
Wednesday, April 9, the Ale House at Amato’s will be tapping the collaborative brew and hosting a full tap takeover featuring Breckenridge Brewery and SweetWater Brewery beers. The night will also honor the late Curtis McArthur of SweetWater Brewery with a toast at 4:20 p.m. Brewer friends of McArthur, Upslope Brewing Company and Crooked Stave, will be in attendance with a few of their beers to pour as well.
Thursday, April 10, the two breweries will embark on a crawl to seven Denver bars including: Scruffy, Murphy’s, The Lobby, Star Bar, Lucky Pie, Blake St. Vault, Pour House, and Strata Bar at the Hyatt Regency.
Each account will carry the collaboration beer and an additional unique beer from each brewery. Follow @BreckBrew and @SweetWaterBrew on Twitter and Instagram to locate the crew and join the crawl yourself.
Looks like spring will start in January for Breckenridge. The brewery plans on kicking off the new year with a sessionable seasonal, Ophelia.
The beer is a hoppy wheat ale that weighs in a 5% ABV.
Ophelia hits the palate with a slightly aggressive hoppiness that’s balanced with light, fruit flavors. Subtle hints of mango, papaya, and guava round out the aroma of Mosaic and Palisade hops. Malted white wheat lends the fullness people expect in a craft beer, even a lighter one.
Breckenridge Ophelia will be available from January to April, 2014.
Style: Wheat Beer
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Arrival: January, 2014
Breckenridge Christmas Ale just turned 21 years old. It can now drink itself.
This spicy winter ale celebrates it’s 21st release with double the amount of keg cans in circulation. If you are in Colorado, a handful of hand labeled 1 liter gift bottles will be available. Sold at the tasting room in Denver, Colorado.
“The mini-keg is perfect for Christmas Ale” says Todd Thibault, Director of Marketing for the brewery. “It’s what craft beer is all about – gathering together to enjoy good company and good drink.”
Style: American Strong Ale
Hops: Chinook, Mt. Hood
Malts: Two Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Black
Availability: 12oz bottles, Liter Cans. Nov-Dec, Annually.