Boulevard will partner with Colorado’s Odell Brewing to release an English strong ale in November

Here’s a fairly amazing fact to start out the week: Boulevard Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Company out of Fort Collins, Colorado, tapped their very first kegs one day apart from each other in November 1989.

Since that autumn week in the late ’80s, both breweries survived their yeoman upstart roots to become respected craft breweries.

Boulevard founder John McDonald struck up a friendship over the years with his counterpart Doug Odell, whose breweries are perhaps best known for its 90 Shilling Ale or the Easy Street Wheat. 

“Back in the late ’80s, there were only a handful of us crazy enough to start our own local breweries,” says McDonald in a written statement. “We leaned on each other to talk through ideas, brewing techniques and distribution methods. I’ve always respected Doug’s path and, looking at what Odell Brewing has become today, I’m proud to call him a friend and colleague.”

And now Boulevard and Odell are collaborating on a new beer that’s expected to hit shelves in November to coincide with each brewery’s 25th anniversary.

The as-of-yet-unnamed effort is described as an English strong ale, a typically brown, malt-flavored beer. It will arrive to liquor store shelves in a 750 ml bottle (same size as the larger, corked bottles in Boulevard’s Smokestack series) in all 25 states where Boulevard is distributed, and on tap in the 11 states were Odell can be found.

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