Two of Colorado’s most iconic brands have released the next iteration of Stranahan’s Well Built, a collaboration between Breckenridge Brewery and Stranahan’s® Colorado Whiskey . This modern barrel-aged version of the historic Burton Ale is a soul-satisfying malty ale with complexity and allure made possible by this unique Colorado collaboration.
“The fusion of sweet, rich undertones from our Burton Ale with the delicious whiskey and oaky flavors from Stranahan’s barrels is a marriage made in heaven,” explained Todd Usry, President of Breckenridge Brewery. “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It’s a collaboration we’re very proud of.”
Enjoying a longstanding friendship, the two companies created their first Well Built beer in 2012 when they were located just a few blocks apart on Kalamath Street in Denver. After several releases, the beer had a strong following, but took a hiatus due to capacity constraints for both companies. Stranahan’s has since expanded its space, and Breckenridge built a larger brewery several miles down the road. With more space to innovate, the opportunity to bring Well Built back to market presented itself. “We couldn’t be happier to make Well Built available again,” said Usry.
“I’m excited to partner again with our friends at Breckenridge Brewery and create another product that celebrates everything we love about Colorado,” said Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller of Stranahan’s. “At Stranahan’s, we focus on creating an American single malt whiskey different from anything East or West of the Rockies, and we believe that Well Built is a beer that is representative of that quality and passion.”
To create Well Built, Breckenridge Brewery settles the base Burton-style ale into freshly-emptied, whiskey-soaked barrels from Stranahan’s. After a few months the toffee notes in the beer mingle with the flavors of finely crafted whiskey and charred American white oak barrels. As part of the close collaboration, Breckenridge timed the brewing and conditioning of its beer with an upcoming release of Stranahan’s: so that the beer is ready when the barrels are super fresh and just emptied of whiskey so they can fill them right away.
Well Built is shipping to key markets now. The small batch beer is packaged in 750ml cork and cage bottles and can also be found on draft in select tap rooms.
About Breckenridge Brewery
Breckenridge Brewery opened its doors in 1990 in the ski town of Breckenridge, Colorado. What started as a small brewpub has grown into one of the largest breweries in the U.S. The original brewery still serves its craft beer and delicious pub fare at altitude. The production brewery outside of Denver sends beer to thirty-five states and offers tours, dining, and a welcoming Colorado beer garden experience. With a focus on balanced, approachable and interesting beer, the brewery’s portfolio contains classics like Vanilla Porter, Avalanche Amber Ale, Agave Wheat, 471 Double IPA, and Breck IPA, along with a variety of specialty beers that include seasonals, barrel-aged beers, the Brewery Lane Series, and a newly announced nitrogen-charged canned series. Visit www.breckbrew.com for more information.
About Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey is a distinctive small batch American single malt whiskey distilled in Colorado’s first-ever micro-distillery. Founded in 2004 and located in Denver, Stranahan’s is an American single malt whiskey different from anything East or West of the Rockies. Made with barley grown in the Rockies and pure Rocky Mountain spring water, it is available at major retailers, bars and restaurants. To learn more about Stranahan’s and to receive advance alerts on the latest news, visit the brand online at www.stranahans.com, follow them on Facebook, or call 303-296-7440.