For the second year, Breckenridge Distillery – the most-awarded craft distillery in the U.S. – has teamed up with the Denver Broncos to release two new Broncos Bourbon Blends to kick off the season. As the Official Bourbon of the Denver Broncos, Breckenridge Distillery invited Broncos alumni Jake Plummer and Karl Mecklenburg up to Breckenridge to see who can blend the better bourbon. Plummer teamed up with Head Distiller, Hans Stafsholt, while Mecklenburg was paired with founder and CEO of the Distillery, Bryan Nolt, to create the blue and orange blends respectively. The labels of both blends honor the Mile High era of the Denver Broncos, with the team’s 1962 logo.
“Last year we released our first collaboration with the Denver Broncos, and the Broncos Bourbon Blends were not only a hit with our Colorado fans, but whiskey fans as well,” says Nolt. “We’re so excited to continue our partnership with the Broncos and bring Broncos and whiskey fans across the country our latest release of the Mile High Blends to enjoy this season.”
The first collaboration of the series, the 2021 Champions Blend, garnered recognition in the whiskey world by being named Best American Blended Whiskey, Limited Release and Highly Commended, Campaign Innovator of the Year by Whisky Magazine at the World Whiskies Awards.
Plummer’s blend takes a more restrained approach with elegant aromas of honeycrisp apple and Valencia oranges with pleasant creamy quality that waltzes into a honey blossom white pepper finish.
Mecklenburg’s Orange blend is characterized by hedonistic heady burnt citrus, brown sugar, and cherry smoke spicy notes that taper off into a racy light black pepper finish.
Breckenridge Distillery was founded in 2008 when Nolt, a doctor-turned-distiller, decided to turn his whiskey passion into a business. By forming Breckenridge Distillery, Nolt’s goal was largely to better understand and appreciate the craft of creating a quality spirit loved by so many.
Breckenridge Distillery’s original offering of Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey has since made strides in the spirits world, scoring 96 points—one point above Pappy Van Winkle’s 23-year-old bourbon—at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York City in 2012 and winning the World Whiskies Awards Best American Blended in 2016. The Distillery went on to win the Icons of Whisky America for Brand Innovator of the Year in 2018. Today, Breckenridge Distillery is the one of the most awarded craft distillery in the U.S. offering a lineup of award-winning spirits including whiskey, gin and vodka.
Visitors come to Breckenridge Distillery to experience their award-winning spirits at new heights. From distillery tours to complimentary tastings to a whiskey blending lab and their modern-American steakhouse restaurant, fans of the distillery have opportunity to tour and taste spirits from start to finish.
To learn more about Breckenridge Distillery and where to buy its award-winning spirits, visit breckenridgedistillery.com.