(Denver, CO) – Breckenridge Brewery Brewmaster, Jimmy Walker, appeared on a Google+ Hangout this week at the Great American Beer Festival. He’s been with the company for 17 years. A few notes…
They’re producing close to 60,000 barrels this year out of their main production facility. The brewpub is producing about 1,400 barrels.
Vanilla Porter is the company’s #1 seller outside of Colorado.
The company has been working on a barrel-aging program focused around Belgian yeast in addition to its other projects with Stranahan’s Whiskey barrels, etc. The next beer in the series will be Breckenridge Wreck the Halls Barrel-aged Belgian Christmas Ale (unsure as to whether these are bottled but sounded more limited than that – draft-only). They’ll be re-visiting the Belgian version of the Vanilla Porter that they did.
They have Vanilla Porter aging in both Stranahan’s Whiskey barrels and bourbon barrels from the Breckenridge Distillery. Walker mentioned that their 471 Double IPA is now aging in bourbon barrels as well.
They’re going to start experimenting with sours. They’re thinking about doing some open fermentations and seeing what bugs are floating around the brewery.
At an event on 10/22, the brewery will debut a new beer called Dark Ryder Black Rye PA.