Breckenridge Brewery moving to Littleton

New brewery to open in 2014

LITTLETON, Colo. - Breckenridge Brewery says it will open a 12-acre production facility in Littleton in 2014, bringing 60 jobs to the city.

The location, in the 6700 block of South Santa Fe Boulevard, is along the South Platte River in Littleton, between the Aspen Grove Shopping Center and Hudson Gardens.

Plans for the new brewery include several rustic buildings arranged across the landscape. The plans also include a hops field as a foreground adjacent to South Santa Fe Drive.

"The farmhouse building will offer the freshest beer and food in a comfortable environment with indoor/outdoor seating, brewery tours, a general store and growler-to-go station, and a sunny beer garden," a news release from the brewery stated.

The downside is brewery operations will move from Denver to Littleton.

“Our brewery was born and raised in Colorado,” said Todd Usry, brewmaster and director of brewing. “We have our Colorado mountain home [in Breckenridge], and soon, a Colorado country spread along the river. Our Denver brewing operations opened in 1992, so it's tough to leave Denver, but we'll still have our two thriving restaurants there.”

The current Kalamath Street brewing location in Denver will be sold to another brewery. Breckenridge Brewery is the 41st-largest craft brewery in the United States.

The company plans to break ground this fall, brewing its first batch and opening to patrons in the fall of 2014.