New Breckenridge Ale House Aims to be “Colorado Craft Tasting Room”

Breckenridge Brewery is planning on opening a new restaurant and bar right across 25 from downtown. Walk across the walking bridge into Lower Highlands, and you walk right in the front door. It’s the old Amato’s building, which used to house garden decor.

Todd Thibault took some time last week to show me around and tell me about this new venture.

The new Ale House will support 3 bars, with 40 taps total. There will be the main bar right when you walk in, a roof-top bar, and a service bar. The service bar is in the kitchen, and allows servers to pour your beer faster, without having to interrupt service at the front.

Right when you walk in the door, you’ll get a taster of the beer of the day. Something to sip on while you survey the place for an open seat. “This is a tasting room for Colorado Craft Beer” says Thibault. 35 of the 40 taps will be from Colorado craft breweries. “Let’s prove Colorado is better” he says, explaining the 5 out of state taps. “But it’s not a smack down,” he goes on.

Service Bar, and some Thibault

About half the taps will be static, and the other half will rotate. There will be about 13 Breckenridge taps, and another 4 from Wynkoop. Other local breweries will include Boulder, Oskar Blues, Tommy Knocker, Left Hand, Ska, Avery, Bristol, Dry Dock, Great Divide, and Odell. Out of state offerings will come from Victory, Alaskan, Lagunitas, Boulevard, and Dogfish Head. The complete list is at the end of the article.

The main bar is big. It’s an island bar, and can fit a lot of people at it and at the high-top tables surrounding it. Down the hall is the main dining room, with a small garden room behind that. The garden room can be closed off for private parties. Almost every seat has a view of downtown Denver.

The entire place will be decorated by local breweries with something that really symbolizes their individual differences, the craft itself, and Colorado as a whole.

The Ale House officially opens April 22, though a soft opening and other small events will happen before hand. At opening, they’ll have some commemorative pint glasses that “we want people to steal.” Thibault’s words, not mine. There will also be themed tasters: an IPA flight, Christmas flight, etc.

The food will be comfortable. It will have a lot of beer influence. For example, a 471 White Cheddar Chili, Vanilla Porter Bread Pudding, and locally baked Denver Bread Company, with Lucky U IPA. One treat will be a slow roasted herb chicken brined in Avalanche.

The wine list will be developed and supported by 21st Amendment, a liquor store right around the corner. Like the bottle you had with lunch? Walk around the corner and pick it up right there. Liquor will also have some local favorites, including Stranahan’s and Leopold Brothers. Rocky Mountain Soda will round out the liquids.

For you hardware geeks - the tri-taps

Like many local companies, the Ale House will support local companies as much as possible. They’ll also subscribe to green practices as much as they can, including composting and soe grow beds on the upstairs patio. The Ale House also hopes to have a staff of around 120 people, adding a few jobs to the area.

Look for more updates as the opening date gets closer.

All images courtesy of Kell Benson. ArticlesFlickr

Complete Beer List – Note: This is VERY subject to change:

  • Alaskan Smoked Porter
  • Avery Karma
  • Avery Sour (TBD)
  • Boulevard Tank 7
  • Breckenridge Avalanche
  • Breckenridge Agave Wheat
  • Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
  • Breckenridge Thunder Stout (Nitro)
  • Breckenridge Trademark Pale Ale
  • Breckenridge Vanilla Porter
  • Breckenridge 471 IPA
  • Breckenridge Ballpark Brown
  • Breckenridge Irish Red
  • Breckenridge SummerBright
  • Breckenridge Regal Pilsner
  • Breckenridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Stout
  • Breckenridge Seasonal (TBD)
  • Bristol Compass IPA (Nitro)
  • Boulder Seasonal (TBD)
  • Dogfish Head Special (TBD)
  • Dry Dock Hefeweizen
  • Great Divide Hoss
  • Great Divide Belgica
  • Great Divide Yeti
  • Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
  • Left Hand Sawtooth
  • Left Hand Seasonal (TBD)
  • Odell 5 Barrel
  • Odell Cutthroat Porter
  • Odell Seasonal (TBD)
  • Oskar Blues Old Chub
  • Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
  • Ska Modus Hoperandi
  • Ska Special (TBD)
  • Tommy Knocker Butthead Bock
  • Victory Golden Monkey
  • Wynkoop Rail Yard
  • Wynkoop Silverback
  • Wynkoop B3K
  • Wynkoop Koop Rotator (TBD)

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