Breckenridge Brewery Gets Festive with Release of Christmas Ale and Holidale

christmas-ale-updatedTo get the Holiday Season in full swing, Breckenridge Brewery (Littleton, Colorado) has officially sent their Christmas Ale and Holidale out for national distribution.

Brewed with the same recipe since it was first released in 1993, the iconic Christmas Ale is Breckenridge Brewery’s riff on the Winter Warmer.  Unlike a lot of the Winter Warmers and Holiday Ales currently on the market, Christmas Ale’s recipe does not include any spice additions.  Instead, this Strong Ale relies heavily on “rich flavors of caramel and chocolate from carefully roasted malts” and any notes of spice have been sourced from the use of Chinook and Mt. Hood hops.  Since this seasonal has achieved a level of popularity that has caused the beer to sell out early each year, the brewery has “increased the volume of Christmas Ale’s production by twenty-five percent” to hopefully keep up with demand in 2016.

“People look forward to our annual release of Christmas Ale because it marks the start of the holiday season,” said Todd Usry, President of Breckenridge Brewery. “Its strikes the perfect balance of hearty flavors with tradition and cheer.”

holidale-10-33Fully embracing the giving spirit of the season, Breckenridge Brewery does not stop at just one option when it comes to Holiday Ale releases. Holidale begins with the same base beer as Christmas Ale, but this batch spends some time aging and maturing in whiskey barrels.  This treatment expands on the beer’s sensory experience by adding “toasted biscuit notes complemented by soft caramel sweetness and hints of oak and whiskey warmth.”  2016 marks the second year that this true holiday treat has been given expanded availability throughout Breckenridge’s national distribution area.

Christmas Ale and Holidale are both available from November through December.  Christmas Ale can be found in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 5L mini-kegs, and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Florida and throughout the full distribution footprint of Breckenridge Brewery.  A bit more limited in availability, 22 oz. bottles of Holidale can be picked up in select markets within the brewery’s distribution network.  Secure your stash when you can because both of these brews are sure to be holiday hits once again in 2016.  Prost!

Vital Information for Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery

Release – Seasonal, November through December 2016
Style – Winter Warmer
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 22
Hops – Chinook & Mt. Hood
Availability –  6-packs & 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 5L mini-kegs, & draft
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Vital Information for Holidale from Breckenridge Brewery

Release – Limited Seasonal, November through December 2016
Style – Barrel-aged Winter Warmer (whiskey barrels)
ABV – 10.3%
IBUs – 22
Availability – 22 oz. bottles
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