|Todd Usry (president)|
Breckenridge Brewery was founded in Breckenridge, Colorado, by Richard Squire in 1990. It was Colorado's third craft brewery. In 1991, Squire brought on Todd Usry, who took over as brewmaster in 1994. Usry became director of production and sales in 2008, and was ultimately named the company's president.
In 1992, the brewery expanded operations beyond Breckenridge, opening a manufacturing facility in Denver adjacent to what would become Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. In 1996, Breckenridge moved the brewing, kegging and bottling of its beer to a new facility south of downtown. The original Denver location, Breck on Blake, remains open, with brewing no longer taking place there. In 2010, Wynkoop announced a merger with Breckenridge to form the holding company Breckenridge-Wynkoop LLC. The company also owns the Wynkoop Brewing Company, Phantom Canyon Brewing, and several restaurants. In January 2013, Breckenridge Brewery announced that its facility, by then producing 64,000 barrels of beer per year, was at max capacity and would be moving to a new brewery complex. In June 2015, Breckenridge Brewery left Denver and moved into its new $36 million, 12-acre, 85,000-square-foot campus in Littleton, Colorado, which includes three buildings: a brewhouse and office building, a building for fermentation and packaging, and its 300-seat Farm House restaurant and beer garden.
Breckenridge Brewery ranked #50 on the Brewers Association's 2014 list of the largest US craft breweries, and #47 on the 2015 list. The Brewers Association ranked Breckenridge Brewery as Colorado's fifth-largest craft brewer by barrels produced in 2015. Early on, Breckenridge Brewery produced roughly 1,000 barrels of beer per year. By 2015, the company was producing over 70,000 barrels of beer, with its beers sold in 35 states in the US.
Purchase by Anheuser-Busch InBev
On December 22, 2015, Anheuser-Busch InBev announced its intent to purchase Breckenridge Brewery from Breckenridge-Wynkoop LLC, as part of its High End craft and import beer brand unit. The acquisition, completed in 2016, included Breckenridge Brewery's production brewery and Farm House restaurant in Littleton, as well as its brewpub in Breckenridge. In an open letter to Breckenridge Brewery consumers, Usry said the brewery would continue to make its own decisions regarding the beer it creates.
Every year since the inaugural 2012 Denver Comic Con, Breckenridge Brewery has collaborated with the convention to brew and sell a limited edition beer, with a comic-themed name chosen through an annual contest.
List of beers brewed
|Agave Wheat||Mainline||Year round||Unfiltered Wheat ale||4.4%||13|
|Avalanche Ale||Mainline||Year round||Amber ale||5.0%||19|
|Breck IPA||Mainline||Year round||IPA||6.3%||66|
|Breck Lager||Mainline||Year round||Lager||4.5%||14|
|Lucky U IPA||Mainline||Year round||IPA||5.7%||68|
|Mango Mosaic Pale Ale||Mainline||Year round||Pale ale||5.5%||29|
|Oatmeal Stout||Mainline||Year round||Oatmeal stout||5.0%||36|
|Vanilla Porter||Mainline||Year round||Vanilla porter||5.4%||16|
|Nitro Vanilla Porter||Nitro Series||Year round||Nitrogenated vanilla porter||5.4%||16|
|Nitro Lucky U IPA||Nitro Series||Year round||Nitrogenated IPA||5.7%||68|
|Autumn Ale||Seasonal||Fall||Brown Ale||6.0%||21|
|Christmas Ale||Seasonal||Winter||Winter ale||7.1%||22|
|Snow Glare Hoppy Wheat||Seasonal||Spring||Wheat ale||6.0%||23|
|Summer Pils||Seasonal||Summer||German Pilsner||5%||15|
|King's Dish||Small Batch||Limited||Burton ale||6.8%||55|
|471 Small Batch IPA||Small Batch||Year Round||Double IPA||9.2%||70|
|72 Imperial||Small Batch||Limited||Imperial chocolate cream stout||7.2%||11|
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- "Anheuser-Busch InBev Buys Large Colorado Craft Beer Brewery," New York Times, December 23, 2015.
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- Ben Landreth, "From Beer to Bacon, Sixteen Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar," Westword, November 6, 2015.