Breckenridge Brewery's Christmas Ale
Breckenridge Brewery's Christmas Ale into liter gift bottles is an annual
tradition at the brewery. The time has come again, as the employees gather
to hand label a limited supply of the bottles for availability starting this
week at the Denver brewery's tasting room and at select liquor stores
throughout Colorado. Each of the brewery's “elves” is noted on the back of
the label, and proof of their personal touch can be found in the occasional,
and refreshingly human, imperfection in the label placement.
In 1993, Breckenridge
Brewery first introduced Christmas Ale and has been brewing the same recipe for
the holiday season since. This beer is known by enthusiasts for its heartiness
and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate. Unlike many holiday and winter beers,
Breckenridge Brewery does not add any spice to its Christmas Ale. The spicy
characteristics of this ale come from the Chinook and Mt. Hood hops. It's a
strong ale at 7.4% alcohol by volume, but the alcohol is not a prominent flavor
after this beer's lengthy 4-week cold conditioning.
In January, look for spring seasonal, Pandora's Bock, as well as Regal Pilsner,
from the Small Batch Series, to hit the shelves.
Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge,
Colorado. In the past two decades Breckenridge Brewery has grown
from a small 3,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to one of the most
successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. It
now handcrafts over 37,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and
owns and operates five brewpubs and ales houses in the state of