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December 18, 2010

Breckenridge’s Christmas Ale Beer Review 12.18.10

What A Great, Dark Rich Color.

What A Great, Dark Rich Color.

The Brewski Report Reviews Breckenridge’s Christmas Ale
File Date: 12.18.10

File Name: Great shelf appeal. 
The Beer: Christmas Ale
Type: Winter Warmer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 7.4% ABV
Brewer: Breckenridge BBQ & Brew
Web Site: www.breckbrew.com
Country of Origin: CO, USA
Brewer Info: Back in the 1980s our founder, Richard Squire, had a dream – to ski all day and drink great beer every night. Since he lived in the snow-kissed Rocky Mountains, fulfilling the skiing portion of his dream was easy. But the great beer part – at a time when a “microbrew” was a rarity – that was another story. So Richard started brewing his own, more flavorful beers for himself and his thrill-seeking ski pals. His homebrewed creations were a hit, and soon Richard was spending more time brewing than skiing. So he chased after another dream – making exceptional beer for a living. In February, 1990 that dream became reality when Richard opened the original Breckenridge Brewery & Pub in the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Richard’s ski bum days were over, and so were the days of bland beer for the folks in Colorado’s ski country.

tbr-retro-labelBrewer Brand Hype: The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and warming characteristics. Here it is. Breck Brew’s Christmas Ale. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire. The ultimate winter warmer.
Label: Plenty of good cheer.  Good friends ever near.

The Brewski Review: As for the beer, I wouldn’t recommend this one.  It looked good in the glass: Brown to ruby brown in  with a nice foamy, muddy colored head.  The head dissipated quickly.  The taste though, wasn’t very pleasant to me.  It had a very strong aftertaste.  I drank about 3/4 of the bottle and had to pour the rest down the drain.  I didn’t get sick, but it was not an enjoyable beverage for me to drink. I really wanted it to taste good just because I loved the retro holiday label which looked so cool. Can’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Drinkability:  Most likely not.
Appearance: Brown to ruby brown in color
The Buds: Big aftertaste. Malty and Bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 2.75 out of 5.

September 20, 2009

Breckenridge Brewery Autumn Ale Review 9.20.09

After Rakin', it's Breckenridge Brewery's Autumn Ale

After Rakin', it's Breckenridge Brewery's Autumn Ale

The Brewski Report Reviews Breckenridge’s Autumn Ale.
File Date: 9.20.09

File Name:  Professional Drinker?  No.  Professional Cart Pusher?  Yes.
The Beer: Autumn Ale
Type:  Old Ale
Serving:  Bottle
Stats: 6.7% ABV
Brewer: Breckenridge Brewery
Country of Origin: Breckenridge, CO USA
breck_brewery_logo1Brewer Info:  Back in the 1980s our founder, Richard Squire, had a dream – to ski all day and drink great beer every night. Since he lived in the snow-kissed Rocky Mountains, fulfilling the skiing portion of his dream was easy. But the great beer part – at a time when a “microbrew” was a rarity – that was another story. So Richard started brewing his own, more flavorful beers for himself and his thrill-seeking ski pals.  His homebrewed creations were a hit, and soon Richard was spending more time brewing than skiing. So he chased after another dream – making exceptional beer for a living. In February, 1990 that dream became reality when Richard opened the original Breckenridge Brewery & Pub in the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Richard’s ski bum days were over, and so were the days of bland beer for the folks in Colorado’s ski country.

Brewer Brand Hype:  Breckenridge Brewery’s fall seasonal combines the malty goodness of a German lager with the clean crispness of an American ale. Brewed with Munich malts and a delicate blend of Bavarian hops, our Autumn Ale is a full-bodied treat with a nutty-sweet middle, a warming alcohol level and notes of toasted grains. A pre-winter winner.
Label:  Munich Malts & Bavarian Hops.  Deep Mahogany Fall Season Ale.  Warms the Soul, Soothes the Spirit.

The Brewski Review:  I went shopping at the local market the other day with my wife and kids.  Normally it’s a race to get the necessities and rush home before the toddler meltdown begins.  Today was no exception but I did make the effort to check out the wine section.  Yes.  Believe it.  I like to consider myself a cultured individual but I in no way consider myself a serious professional like others (Yes Matt, I’m referencing your pro-athlete status for the buy-it-by-the-case ‘Three Buck Chuck’.).  Unfortunately, my hankering for a bottle of red was left unfulfilled after checking the Brewski household stock of vino: 0 Red, 7 White.  No base hit here.  As Bob Uecker would say….’Juuuust a bit outside.’  As I strategically perused the aisles I was careful not let my infant son, Mr. Grabby Hands, get within arms reach of anything breakable.  Since I wasn’t in the boxed wine section (What I won’t do is buy my wine by the carton – part of the pleasure in drinking from the bottle is that I can fist the neck and pound it.  Just kidding.  But the pour, like beer, is part of the fun.) this was rather difficult.  But, I did happen to pick up a couple of nice bottles.  We’ll see how they taste.  Maybe I’ll write about it.  I’ve done cider so let’s just do all alcoholic beverages.  Maybe we can do moonshine as well.  Anyway, I never did drink that bottle of wine.  Instead I popped open this Breckenridge Autumn Ale. ‘After rakin…Autumn Ale” so says the label.  It was tasty and enjoyable but it wasn’t what I had in mind.  It was a worthy Old Ale, one that I would drink again, but I was on the bench for something more ‘fall-like’.    

Drinkability:  Worthy.  Not for the adjunct lager crowd though.
Appearance:  ‘Dark Mahogany’ color as noted by BB, but I’d say closer to black.
The Buds:  Thought it was tasty but just I’m not sold on Old Ale just yet.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5

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