Breckenridge Brewing doesn't always release limited-edition, barrel-aged beers, but when it does, there's a big to-do about it, complete with a party.
On Saturday, the brewery, located at 471 Kalamath Street, will offer 240 hand-numbered 750 ml bottles of Summer Cab Ride, Breck's Summerbright golden ale aged in cabernet sauvignon wine barrels. The bottles, which will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, beginning at 1 p.m., cost $20 each and there is a two bottle per person limit.
But the party will start at 11 a.m. (place-holding numbers will be given out to people who arrive for the sale) with live music by Stephen Marcus, tastings of Breckenridge Brewery rare beers (like an oak-aged Porter, PeachFork Wheat, and a 2011 Christmas Ale) and a grand prize drawing for a fifteen-person, two-hour tour on the Denver Patio Ride.
Breckenridge released its most recent limited-edition beer, called Twenty, last April to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. That beer was a strong Scottish ale aged five months in Stranahan's whiskey barrels; only 180 bottles were available.
"We just do a couple of these a year," says Breckenridge brewery director and brewmaster Todd Usry. "It's fun for the customers; they love getting their hands on one of 240 bottles. Last time, people were here at 6 a.m. and we didn't open until 10 a.m. There were people with blankets and folding chairs."
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
The beers also offer Breck's brewers a chance to try something new and to break up the grind of doing the same beers over and over again, he adds.