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HISTORY

During the late 80s, Brian Dunn spent 5 years overseas building farms in developing countries.  Having grown up in a family that appreciated good food and drink, Dunn expanded his knowledge and passion for beer during his travels.  Dunn eventually returned to Colorado, started homebrewing and went to graduate school.  Upon graduation in 1993, when Denver’s craft beer scene barely existed, he set out to found what would eventually become one of America’s most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.

Beginning with a marketing study and a business plan, Dunn saw an opportunity in what would soon become Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood to brew uniquely balanced, flavorful beers.  With financial help from family, friends and a loan from the City of Denver, his dream of brewing commercially became reality in 1994.Great Divide Best Denver Brewery Great Divide Brewing Company Yeti Colette Titan

The brewery started small and in the beginning Dunn was the only full-time employee: brewing, bottling and selling to accounts all in the same day.  As the brewery grew, the beer spoke for itself.  Dunn’s beers were balanced, flavorful and representative of a lifestyle that is uniquely Colorado.  While Great Divide’s ethos may be globally-inspired, our beers are distinctly Denver.

Since 1994 we’ve brewed all sorts of exciting beer styles, added lots of brewing capacity and we’ve assembled a great staff.  In 2001, we bought our building – which used to be an old dairy processing plant – and set out for over a decade of exponential growth. In 2011, we realized we would soon outgrow our space and began looking for land to expand– knowing that leaving the city was not an option.

We are a Denver brewery, and have been involved in the craft beer scene and the community here since the beginning. In 2013, we bought 5 acres in the nearby RiNo neighborhood. It wasn’t easy, but we are so happy to have a place only a mile down the road where we can continue growing for the next 21 years. We broke ground on phase one of our expansion in 2014, and in 2015 we finally had the space in our new packaging facility to begin canning. We celebrated the opening of our Barrel Bar in July, and immediately began looking ahead to our continued expansion in Phase Two.

Our brewery has become what it is today thanks to our hardworking, creative and passionate employees. Here at Great Divide, Bold Character is more than just a catchphrase, it’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think, and what we believe.



LOCAL ETHOS

We brew by a simple philosophy: let’s do our part for the environment and run our business responsibly while giving back to our local Denver community. Whether it is donating our time, our beer, or working to brew with greener initiatives, here at Great Divide Brewing Co. we are passionate about our environmental and social responsibility.

Some of our environmental initiatives include: donating our spent grain to a local cattle farm, using recycled 12oz bottles from a Colorado plant, recycling all of our cardboard and glass, and capturing hot water created during the wort cooling process for future use. Similarly, our 6-pack carriers are 100% recycled paperboard and our outer boxes are 50% post consumer recycled material. We also keep throw-away packaging to a minimum as 40% of our production is draft beer. Additionally, all of our employees are provided with eco-passes to help reduce our individual footprints.

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We also strive to support and give back to our local community. Each month 100% of proceeds from beer flights in our taprooms is put towards our Community Outreach Program, which includes monthly donations to local nonprofits. In 2015 alone over $100,000 was donated to local non-profits and organizations. Similarly, we strive to give back to our Denver community by volunteering with local organizations as a team. Read more about our Community Outreach Program here.

We believe in a mindful approach —environmentally, economically and socially. Our bottom line isn’t our only guiding principle.



SPONSORSHIPS

We love getting involved with great causes and events! Please consider these guidelines to determine if your event or organization may be a good fit. Priority is given to events and organizations based in Colorado – because we live here! And because every state has their own laws and distribution issues, about 90% of the events we participate in are located in our home state.

Charitable organizations – great causes deserve great beer! All requests for in-kind product or monetary donations must have a 501(c)3 to be considered. We do not do any equipment rentals. Due to the limited size of our tap rooms, we unfortunately do not reserve tables for groups. All seats are open to the general public for beer enjoyment at all times.sponsorship-450A

We will not sponsor or make donations to team sports, individual athletes, political organizations, or religious organizations. All requests for in-kind product or monetary donations must have a 501(c)3 to be considered.

Great Divide receives thousands of sponsorship and donation requests each year. If you’ve read through all of the above and your event or organization meets these guidelines, please utilize the form below. Once we have received your request, we will contact you ONLY if we are able to participate in your event or partner with your organization.

It’s also pretty hard to answer the phone while pouring folks beer, so please, no phone calls. Any and all sponsorship/event/donation requests which are less than one month out will be automatically declined. If your group meets these requirements please fill out our sponsorship form here.



AWARDS

Founded in Denver in 1994, Great Divide is one of the most decorated breweries in America, recognized for brewing some of the globe’s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival medals, 5 World Beer Cup awards, and 14 spots on BeerAdvocate‘s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015). RateBeer.com named Great Divide among the “Top Brewers In the World” (2014), the “Top Brewer in Colorado (2013), and 12th on their list of “Best Brewers In The World” (2013). Here at Great Divide, Bold Character isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think and what we believe. 



2013

Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Chocolate Beer

2010

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Saison

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Saison

2011

Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Belgian and French Style Ales

2009

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Scotch Ale/Barleywine

2011

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Ale Packaged

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 97

1997

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Classic English Style Pale Ale

1998

World Beer Cup, Bronze Medal, Classic English-Style Old Ale

Westword Magazine, “Best of Denver,” Best Pale Ale

1999

Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Classic English-Style Pale Ale

2000

World Beer Cup, Gold Medal, Classic English-Style Old Ale

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- Pale Ale

2002

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Classic English-Style Pale Ale

2004

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- Pale Ale

2006

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Classic English-Style Pale Ale

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Summer- Best of Rockies/Southwest

2013

Ratebeer’s “Top 50 Beers in the World” #43

2007

BeerAdvocate.com, Best of Beer Advocate, Top 25 Beers

2008

European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Silver Award, Belgian-Style Ale

2009

Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Belgian-Style Ale

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 100

2005

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Winter- Double IPA

2006

International Beer Challenge, World’s 50 Best Beers

2007

Australian International Beer Awards, Gold Medal, Imperial IPA

2008

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Imperial IPA

2009

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Imperial IPA

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 98

1997

Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Strong Ale/ English-Style Old Ale

1998

World Beer Cup, Silver Medal, Strong Ale/ English Style Old Ale

2000

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Region

2003

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Old Ale

Beer Advocate, Best Of BeerAdvocate.com

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Winter- Strong/Old Ale

2004

BeerAdvocate.com, Rating of 90

2006

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Aged Beer

2007

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Winter- Old/Strong Ale

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 97

2009

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Rye Beer

2010

World Beer Cup, Bronze Medal

Australian International Beer Awards, Overall Champion Lager

Australian International Beer Awards, Gold Medal, Rye Lager

2011

Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Lager Draught

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 100

2007

European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Silver Medal, Stout

Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Wood-Aged Beers

2008

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Wood-Aged Beer

2009

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Wood-Aged Beer

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 99

2005

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Barley Wine

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Regional Champion, Winter- Barley Wine

2006

Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Barley Wine

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Grand Champion, Winter- Barley Wine

Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival, Honorable Mention, Barley Wine

2007

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Regional Champion, Winter- Barley Wine

2009

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Barley Wine

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 96

2010

Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival, Bronze Medal

2007

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Best of the Rockies, Golden Ale/Kolsch

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 98

2003

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- India Pale Ale

2004

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- IPA

BeerAdvocate.com, Rating of 90

2005

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Regional Champion, Summer- IPA

2006

Stockholm Beer Festival, Bronze Medal

2007

European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Silver Medal, IPA

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, IPA

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Best of the Rockies, Summer- IPA

2008

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, IPA

2003

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- Fruit Beer

2004

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- Fruit Beer

2007

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Best of the Rockies, Summer- Fruit Beer

Ratebeer.com, Rating of 100

2004

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Honorable Mention, Winter- Imperial Stout

BeerAdvocate.com, Rating of 90

2005

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Imperial Stout

Great International Beer Competition, Bronze Medal, Strong Beer

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Grand Champion, Winter- Imperial Stout

2006

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Honorable Mention, Winter- Imperial Stout

2007

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Regional Champion, Winter- Imperial Stout

2008

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Stout

2009

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Stout

Brew New Zealand Awards, Silver Medal

European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Bronze Medal

 



TEAM


Founder/President

Brian Dunn

Sales

Anna Nadasdy – Director of Sales & Marketing
Scott Cargile – Colorado Sales Manager
Bryan Baltzell – Colorado On-premise Key Accounts Manager
Ben Rodemeyer – Colorado Off-premise Key Accounts Manager
Tom DeAngelis – Western Colorado Rep
Bob Gregg – Northern Colorado Rep
Jeff Johnson – Denver Metro Rep
Joel Scally – Denver Metro Rep
Kyle Svoboda – Southern Colorado Rep
David Smith – National Accounts Manager
Dave Broecker – Southeast US Area Manager
Nathan Finley – Ohio State Rep
Justin Gibson – Southwest US Area Manager
Jason Herbert – Northeast US Area Manager
Tannea Musselman – Western US Area Manager
Will Dinwiddie – Los Angeles / Orange County Sales Rep

Tap Room & Tour Staff

Andrea Bracken
Adam Dreyer
Ilana Gdanski
Rachel Johnsen
Cassidy Lopez
Matthew McKniff
Morgan Maestas
Nathan Michaels
Cassie Silvia
Cory Sova
Jason Wilson

Special Projects

Bryan Slekes – Project Manager

Brewery Operations

Vacant – Director

Maintenance & Facilities

Andrew Luedtke – Facilities Manager
Bill Pierson

Brewers

Ro Guenzel – Brewery Manager
Bob Malone – Special Operations
Ethan Osborne – Head Brewer
Todd Bellmyer
Katie Cochrane
Chris Depew
Bryan Harris
Jacob Johnson
Elliot Kehoe
Mark Ruiz
Zach Turner

Marketing

Shannon Berner – Marketing Manager
Maureen Cherrett – Consumer Relations Coordinator
David Wright – Events & Festivals Coordinator
Kendrick Wyman – Merchandise Coordinator

Private Events

Emma Ramey – Events Planner

Packaging

Jeff Martin – Manager
Drew Archuleta – Supervisor
Nick Utley – Supervisor
Jonathan Blair
James Dodd, Jr.
Henry Friederich
Marco Genova
Cameron Marks
Heath Michael
Rachelle Miller
Reid Wilson

Finance

Mary Lehner – Controller
Alexis Zanetell-Hamlin – Office Manager

Human Resources

Brandon Harrelson – Director

Logistics

Ryan Rafferty – Manager
Adam Seppala – Supervisor
Tim Cave
Mike Josten

Quality Assurance

Erin Cox


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