Breckenridge Distillery Releases Collectors Art Series Whiskey


May 11, 2022

Breckenridge Distillery art whiskey bottles

For the second year, Breckenridge Distillery combines the art of blending whiskey and color in the second edition of the Collectors Art Series, a limited release bottle with local Denver Street artist and muralist Alexandrea Pangburn.

The new Breckenridge XO Cognac Cask Finish Whiskey label features Pangburn’s flora and fauna-inspired artwork on the Breckenridge Distillery mural behind Number Thirty-Eight in Denver’s RiNo Arts District. Featuring inviting aromatics of grape with a hint of clove and cinnamon, the special edition whiskey is available in limited quantities exclusively at the Breckenridge Distillery and the Main Street Tasting Room in Breckenridge, Colorado for, $125, available now.

“I’ve always had a passion for art, which led me to distill whiskey in the first place. The Collectors Art Series is special to Breckenridge Distillery because it allows us to highlight local artists making an impact in their community like Alex is doing in Colorado,” Bryan Nolt, founder, and CEO of Breckenridge Distillery, said in a news release. “Alex’s focus on conservation and representation of the natural world around her through art made her a perfect partner for our second Collectors Art Series. We’re thrilled to bring her art to life in this limited-edition whiskey.”

“I’m very honored to have my art on a whiskey label in a very male-dominated industry,” said Pangburn. “My hope is that this partnership opens the eyes of female artists that they have the capability to do this as well.”

Growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, Pangburn cultivated not only a deep love and appreciation for bourbon but also, animals, which serve as the main source of inspiration in her art. What started as a side-gig painting portraits of friends’ and family’s pets, Pangburn’s hobby turned into a full-time career as an artist in 2017 when she moved to Denver.

Pangburn’s passion for birds started once she moved to Colorado. The Western Tanager inspires much of her work in her new home state and was featured on her first mural in Colorado, so she wanted to include it on the new Breckenridge XO Cognac Cask Finish label to bring her work full circle.

The painting on the label also features a fox character – an ode to Pangburn’s hometown in Lexington where she created a mural with the same character and local Breckenridge flora and fauna, including the alpine flowers that will be blossoming in a few months.

“Wherever I’m painting, my goal is to make the public more aware of the animals we’re sharing a space with. Over the years my art has shifted into animal conservation and education to bring more light and awareness to the local communities,” she said.

A member of the RiNo Arts District, Pangburn also founded the organization BABE WALLS in 2019 to create a community among women and non-binary artists in the street art field – a space typically dominated by male artists.

For each bottle sold, Breckenridge Distillery will donate $5 to the ArtPark campaign in the RiNo Arts District to help fund the Rocky Mountain Region’s most innovative interdisciplinary arts center.