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Day In The Life: Hibernation, Fresh Hop and Oak Aged Yeti

October 21, 2011


Hibernation English Style Old Ale: Sup, ladies? I’m back. I know you’ve been waiting all year long to curl up next to me in front of a crackling fire. I’ll swoon you. I’ll swoon you so hard. You like a robust beer with a hearty character? Boom—I’m right here. Yeah, the weather is getting colder out there. All the more reason to stay inside.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale: Seems like everyone these days has abandoned au natural. With everyone plumping, slicing, injecting and liposuctioning, it’s refreshing to know I’m one of the oddballs. No fluff here. All you’ll get with me is the good stuff—fresh, sticky, lupulin-filled Cascades, Centennials and Simcoes. While the others may be spending their time under the knife, I get my natural beauty from the good ol’ green earth. Come on friend, take a walk on the real side.

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout: I’m on a one-Yeti mission to avenge our unfair reputation. For years, we’ve gotten a serious bad rap. Like we’re all dirty, snarling monsters wandering the frigid expanses of the Nepalese wilderness scaring children, hiding in caves and just being generally malicious outcasts. All I ask is you just give me a chance. My oak aging makes me a subtle, docile, well-mannered beast. You wanna hear a Yeti purr?

Weekend Pairing


Welcome to our series highlighting the bountiful world of beer&cheese pairings. Join us each week as we explore a new turophilic delight paired with our seasonal and year-round brews.

Did you know—October is American Cheese Month—a celebration of the diverse world of North American-made cheeses. The American Cheese Society has more info about American Cheese Month here.

Old Chatham Sheepherding Company Hudson Valley Camembert and Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Old Chatham Sheepherding Company Hudson Valley Camembert is an award-winning cheese made with a blend of cow and sheep milk from animals that graze on emerald green pastures of the majestic Hudson Valley. This cheese is smooth, buttery and rich and simply melts in your mouth with a fantastically clean finish. This Camembert comes in a square shape (typically round) and perches itself lovingly on a cheese board. It is mild and pillowy and pairs well with lighter beers with hints of citrus.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale is brewed with fresh, whole cone hops from the Pacific Northwest.  We ship these “wet” hops to Denver overnight and brew shortly after harvest, imparting an intensely grassy hop aroma and citrus hop flavor in a medium-bodied ale.

Learn more about the cheese here.

Learn more about American Cheese Month here.

Have you been missing our Beer&Cheese events at the brewery?

October 19, 2011


It’s your lucky day! We have a few spots left in our pairing next week. Join us Tuesday, October 25th from 6:30 to 8pm. To RSVP, send an email to This stellar event is a bargain at $24. Here’s a little poem to get you in the beer and cheese mood:

Simply wonderful, the artisan cheese lover said,

Indeed, this beer with it’s aroma and head,

melds perfectly with my smooth, nutty taste.

Towards more pairings, we must make haste!

Whether by sea, by train or on horse,

Where are the pairings? Great Divide Brewing, of course!

Weekend Pairing

October 14, 2011


Welcome to our series highlighting the bountiful world of beer&cheese pairings. Join us each week as we explore a new turophilic delight paired with our seasonal and year-round brews.

Did you know—October is American Cheese Month—a celebration of the diverse world of North American-made cheeses. The American Cheese Society has more info about American Cheese Month here.

Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog and Denver Pale Ale

Humboldt Fog is a pasteurized goat cheese with a beautiful, bloomy-white coat that mellows into an ashy gray rind resembling coastal fog. This cheese has a distinctive Morbier-like layer of vegetable ash that runs through its center. Humboldt Fog displays an ultimate balance of tangy, smooth, dry, rich, voluptuousness – the delicate dance that leaves one mystified.

Denver Pale Ale is a world-renowned, classic pale ale with a malty middle and an equally hearty complement of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness.  5.4% ABV

The malty middle of Denver Pale Ale and an equally hearty complement of hop work symbiotically with this silky siren.

Learn more about Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog here.

Learn more about the American Cheese Society here.

Awesomn Autumn

October 13, 2011


This Friday marks our Awesomn Autumn Release Party, featuring Oak Aged Yeti, Fresh Hop and Hibernation. These storied brews are some of our most revered seasonals. In addition to getting to try ‘em all, there will be food from Basic Kneads pizza truck. Entry is $20 at the door, cash only. This buys you 3 beers and one pizza.

Also, our party porch in the Tank Farm is soon to be no more. As we ready to fill the space with more tanks (and more beer!), this party will be the porch’s adieu. Come join us as we bring down the house.

We will also have a DJ spinning 80s and 90s tunes. Who doesn’t love a good dance party??

The party runs from 6-9pm this Friday, October 14th. See you there!

Beer Spa

October 11, 2011


This weekend, I had the pleasure of trying the Downtown Denver Ritz-Carlton Spa’s Mile High Malt Scrub and Microbrew Massage, featuring our Samurai Rice Ale and Yeti Imperial Stout. The spa has long been home to the Hops ‘N’ Honey pedicure, also featuring Great Divide brews. Now, it’s finally here… the perfect spa exbeerience.

First, you hear a bit about how beer can help make the skin softer, smoother and better-feeling. We know how awesome beer can be on the inside; little did we know the wonders it can do on the outside.

The treatment starts once you’re snuggled into one of the spa’s luxurious robes. You’re met with a glass of Samurai (a perfect way to start a spa treatment if we’ve ever seen one). The rest of the beer left in the bottle is used in the first phase of the blissful treatment—the scrub.

Once you’re in the treatment room, the technician grinds a hefty handful of malt with a mortar and pestle, mixing it with the remaining Samurai, producing a finely-ground body scrub. The scrub is applied to the body, exfoliating the skin and leaving a pleasant, invigorating tingle.

This is where the Vichy shower comes in. Move over Johannes Gutenberg, Eli Whitney and Albert Einstein, the Vichy shower is one of the greatest feats of human ingenuity. As you lie on the spa treatment table, a network of multiple moveable shower heads gives an extremely relaxing rinse-off. Luckily (for both me and the technician) the Vichy experience employs a helpful series of towels so even the most modest beer lover can enjoy the experience with a more than a modicum of decency. After the rinse comes the Yeti…

My technician, who was both friendly and knowledgeable, fast-poured the Yeti into a Great Divide pint glass (nice touch, indeed) to maximize head on the beer. She then scooped some of the frothy foam off the top, mixing some with the moisturizer to be used later. Some of the beer is set aside to be painted directly on the skin.

Using a large, soft paintbrush, my technician slowly painted the beer onto my skin, allowing Yeti’s rich coffee and malt aroma envelope the room. As the beer soaked in, she then began the first stage of the massage portion. Using some of the leftover Samurai as a natural cleanser and clarifier, she gave me a rockin’ scalp massage, ensuring that I melted into complete relaxation.

Then, using the Yeti-moisturizer mixture, the treatment ended with an expert full-body massage. Back in the spa’s relaxation room, I was presented with a delicious pint of Yeti to top it all off. Sitting on a plush divan, wrapped in a cashmere blanket, blissed out post-massage, is, in my mind, a pretty great way to enjoy a cold one.

This treatment, the only one of its kind in North America we are told, is a perfect way to bring together two of our favorite things—beer and a day at the spa. The fun, unique, relaxing experience is a great fit for one of America’s best beer cities. The Mile High Malt Scrub and Microbrew Massage runs about 75 minutes and, at $200, is a bargain for the variety of experiences rolled into one treatment. If you will be traveling to the Mile High City or you call the Front Range home, you don’t want to miss this awesome and unexpected treasure.

You can reach the spa at (303) 312-3830 to reserve your spot today.

Awesomn Autumn Release Party

October 7, 2011


Join us next Friday, October 14th, for the release of our beloved autumn seasonals: Oak Aged Yeti, Fresh Hop and Hibernation. Here’s the skinny:

-$20 at the door. Bring George, Abraham, Alexander or Andrew with you because this baby’s cash only.

-$20 buys you three beer tickets and one food ticket.

-Food provided by our pals Basic Kneads Pizza, who have been known to dish some pretty tasty grub.

-We’ll have a DJ spinning sweet 80s and 90s tunage.


See you there!

Autumn Seasonals

October 4, 2011

It’s true, they’re here.

They’re finally back,

These three tasty beauties,

Upon your palate: impress, not attack.

Fresh Hop and Oak Aged and Hibernation,

Realities, not figments of the imagination.

You’ve waited and pined away all year long,

No longer for want of their malty, hop songs.

There’s Hiber’s sweet, sultry warming,

or Oak Aged Yeti’s reverberant, recalcitrant warning,

and Fresh Hop’s aromas of citrus and grass,

On these fall seasonals, you’d be silly to pass.

So, search in ye cities,

Look high and look low,

For once they have vanished,

They will be memories ago.

Drumroll, please…


The winners of our Yeti Prize Packs from the Forkly Yeti Mafia Perk are:




Their penchant for bold brews makes them die-hard members of the Yeti Mafia. Cheers!

Great Divide and Forkly Team Up, Mafia Style

September 28, 2011


We’re stoked to partner with Forkly as they launch the new Yeti Mafia perk. Check into three Yetis during GABF and you can be a part of the Yeti Mafia, too!

How to win:

Get the Forkly app for your iPhone

Taste and Rate 3 Yetis during GABF week

Receive your Yeti Mafia Perk

Earn the most Yeti points each day through Forkly and win a sweet GD prize pack

It’s that easy!

Start swilling now to earn your place in the Yeti Mafia. Tweet at us, too, using the tag #yetimafia