Imperial Stout Cask Whiskey + Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout Beer
BRECKENRIDGE, COLO - Two iconic ski-town businesses, Breckenridge Distillery and Breckenridge Brewery have teamed up to debut Buddy Pass, a unique barrel-exchange program. Buddy Pass is both an Imperial Stout Cask Finish Whiskey and a Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout that blends the best of these award-winning brands.
Thanks to their proximity (just over two miles apart), Buddy Pass allows you to sip both the barrel-aged beer and the beer-aged whisky at the same time. Collaborations like this are so rare because of the short window of time when it's possible to refill the whiskey barrels after the beer has aged in them, more details on how the process works below.
Buddy Pass will be available on November 15, 2021, and previewed at a tasting event in Denver on November 12th.
Breckenridge Distillery’s Imperial Stout Cask Finish Whiskey showcases notes from the Imperial Oatmeal Stout. The resulting spirit is dark and sultry: the nose conjures rich chocolate, banana, strawberry, earthy chocolate-covered fruit; at first sip, chocolate-covered dry strawberry notes envelop the palate with hints of caramel and a finish of light black pepper; think whiskey by the fire after a day on the slopes.
Breckenridge Brewery’s Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout is a quintessential “big beer.” With a velvety mouthfeel, this beer is meant to be sipped, not slammed. The Imperial Oatmeal Stout imparts notes of dark chocolate-covered cherries, espresso, and toffee; its time in the Breckenridge Distillery’s high-rye bourbon barrels imparts hints of caramel sweetness that take it to the next level. As a result, Buddy Pass is a bold, boozy brew that is meant to be shared.
Breckenridge Brewery brewed an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, a tribute to the first beer ever brewed there, it was then aged in Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon barrels from just down the road— 3 miles, to be exact.
When the beer was sufficiently aged, imbued with flavors from the barrels, it was returned to stainless steel containers. Those freshly dumped barrels were taken back to Breckenridge Distillery and filled with its award-winning whiskey and aged again for about a year.
The subsequent spirits and suds are a perfect marriage between the two craft companies that both beer and whiskey lovers alike will enjoy.