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Copper Kettle rolls out a barrel-aged beer series; catch the first at a breakfast on Sunday

Copper Kettle Brewing bottled its first beer last June, the GABF-award-winning Mexican Chocolate Stout, but just because it hasn't released another bottled beer since then doesn't mean the three-year old brewery has been resting. Rather, Copper Kettle has been aging beers in barrels and plans to release the first two in a four-part series this month.

"We decided to do this barrel aged series last summer when we bought the bottling line," says Kristen Kozik, who owns Copper Kettle with her husband, Jeremy Gobien. (You can buy some early if you attend the brewery's breakfast on December 1; details below.)

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The brewery will begin selling Snowed In (formerly called High Country Breakfast Stout) on December 7 when the doors open at noon. The imperial outmeal stout was brewed with coffee from Pablo's in Denver and dark chocolate, and then aged in bourbon barrels from Breckenridge Distillery for several months. (A limited number of bottles will also be distributed to local liquor stores).

A week later, Copper Kettle will release Well Bred, an English-style barleywine that was also aged in Breckenridge Distillery bourbon barrels. The brewery only made enough to fill 480 bomber bottles, so quantities will be limited to three bottles per person.

In the future, Well Bred will be a fall seasonal, while Snowed In will remain as a winter release. Kozik says they're still deciding on what do release for spring and summer, but that one will likely be a saison aged in wine barrels from Creekside Cellars in Evergreen, and that the other will likely be a lime agave pale age aged in tequila barrels.

The labels for the bottles will all be designed by Emrich Designs in Loveland, which helped create the Mexican Chocolate Stout label and the Copper Kettle branding.

If you just can't wait for Snowed In and Well Bred, however, Copper Kettle will be selling bottles to anyone who attends their second annual "Beer for Breakfast" brunch on Sunday, December 1, with slots at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30. Tickets are $30; get details and information on that breakfast on the Copper Kettle website.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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