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SweetWater Brewing Co. & Breckenridge Brewery Collaborate On A New Beer

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Denver, Colorado – March 13, 2014 – A new collaboration beer is born from the brewers of SweetWater Brewery in Atlanta, GA and Breckenridge Brewery in Denver, CO. The brew, named “O’ Tay,” will be a dry-hopped red wheat wine ale and will available later this month on draft in Colorado.

J. Todd Usry, Brewmaster and Director of Operations at Breckenridge Brewery says, “With a malt bill inspired by SweetWater’s 16th Anniversary Red Wheat Wine Ale and Breckenridge’s new spring seasonal, Ophelia Hoppy Wheat, the new beer will be tapped just in time for a sneak peak at Colorado’s Collaboration Festival on March 22 and featured in a select few tap rooms throughout Denver during the Craft Brewer’s Conference.”

Brewed with red wheat malt from the Colorado Malting Company, along with malted Buckwheat and Mosaic hops, this brew is a tribute to the friendship of brewing buddies J. Todd Usry and Freddy Bensch, the Big Kahuna at SweetWater Brewery, from the times when the two used to pal around Colorado in the early days of craft beer.

“I really enjoyed our 16th Red Wheat Wine Ale and I think this brew is going to pair well with the Mosaic hops and malted Buckwheat, two ingredients we’ve never worked with before,” said SweetWater Head Brewer Nick Nock. “I’m looking forward to getting back up there to get my hands, and lips, on it!”

During the Craft Brewers Conference on Wednesday, April 9, the Ale House at Amato’s will be tapping the collaborative brew and hosting a full tap takeover featuring Breckenridge Brewery and SweetWater Brewery beers.  The night will also honor the late Curtis McArthur of SweetWater Brewery with a toast at 4:20 p.m. Brewer friends of McArthur, Upslope Brewing Company and Crooked Stave, will be in attendance with a few of their beers to pour as well.

Thursday, April 10, the two breweries will embark on a crawl to seven Denver bars including: Scruffy, Murphy’s, The Lobby, Star Bar, Lucky Pie, Blake St. Vault, Pour House,  and Strata Bar at the Hyatt Regency.

Each account will carry the collaboration beer and an additional unique beer from each brewery. Follow @BreckBrew and @SweetWaterBrew on Twitter and Instagram to locate the crew and join the crawl yourself.

For more information and a list of accounts where fans can sample the brew, visit Breckenridge Brewery’s Blog at



Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado.  In the past two decades Breckenridge Brewery has grown from a small 3,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation.  It now handcrafts more than 62,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and owns and operates six brewpubs and ale houses in the state of Colorado.  For more information visit



Living by the motto “Don’t float the mainstream,” SweetWater Brewery has been blazing its own path in craft beer throughout the Southeast since its inception in 1997. With a brewer calling the shots, quality of beer—and life—are always most important in crafting a lineup of lip-smackin’ brews. Widely known for its flagship 420 Extra Pale Ale, SweetWater also serves up an ever-evolving Catch & Release seasonal lineup of brews and an off-beat, one-off Dank Tank series. SweetWater invites folks to join them for tours and tastings of their Atlanta brewery every Wednesday through Sunday. Visit for more info about SweetWater.