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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tap Handle #253: Breckenridge - Agave Wheat

Tap size:  12.25"
Rarity:  Common
Mounting:  internal 3/'8" nut

This skeleton head is a figure inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, and holds wheat stalks between its teeth. It earns high marks for using a matte finish instead of gloss. The base is nice too, with great little details such as the wood painted to look like an inlay, the brewery's name pressed into the side, and ovals pressed into the base to resemble a wheat stalk (it doesn't resemble the rosette of an agave plant as far as I can tell). It's a double-sided tap and has the same features on both sides. They are pretty easy to find and as a result the price is very reasonable.

Click through to read more about Breckenridge Brewing, their Agave Wheat Ale, and to see more photos of this tap...

Breckenridge Brewing was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado by Richard Squire. A ski bum with a knack for home brewing, Squire opened the brewery along with a brewpub, but was forced to expand just 2 years later to a larger facility in Denver, due to the popularity of his beers. The Denver site also included a brewpub. Ultimately Squire's expansions totaled 5 brewpubs and alehouses.

Breckenridge briefly flirted with moving out of the state due to restrictive a licensed brewpub, it is restricted by state law to brewing no more than 60,000 barrels a year. Efforts to change the law failed, but state officials did sign off on complicated arrangement that will allow Breckenridge to add brewing capacity. The new $20 million brewery complex will be on 12 acres along the South Platte River in Littleton, which will triple capacity and include a visitors center, a special event loft, retail space, barbecue restaurant and hop farm. The expansion is expected to be completed in 2014 or 2015, and after the move, Breckenridge will sell its Denver brewery. The brewery has won numerous awards at the World Beer Championships and Great American Beer Festival.

Agave Wheat is a wheat ale with the addition of the nectar of the Salmiana Agave. Agave complements the refreshingly light quality of the wheat and adds a subtle note of flavor that expands the uplifting taste profile. 

Ratebeer weighted average:  2.9 out of 5
Beer Advocate:  77 out of 100 (okay)

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