Blog | Great Divide | - Part 11


September 28, 2011

Forkly Blog: Beer + Forkly = Win!

Great Divide at the GABF


Where: You can find us in Section L on the end next to Pyramid Brewing, adjacent to the Rocky Mountain section.

What: We will be pouring 15 delicious brews, including all 5 Yetis! We will have a special Yeti section, giving you the unique opportunity to try the entire clan side-by-side. Compare the cayenne kick of Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti with the unexpected nuance of Belgian Yeti. Follow an Oak Aged Yeti with a jitter-worthy Espresso Oak Aged Yeti. Or go with a classic stand-by and enjoy the original Yeti in all its glory.

When: During all sessions of GABF.

Why: Because we love celebrating delicious beer with some of the best breweries in the nation.

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.

Bleu D’Auvergne and Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is back in two weeks and is Yeti Imperial Stout’s sophisticated sibling. They may be from the same clan, but they have entirely different personalities. Oak aging gives a subtle vanilla character, rounding out Yeti’s intense roastiness and huge hoppy nature. Who says you can’t tame a Yeti?  9.5% ABV

Bleu d’Auvergne is a name-protected cheese from the Auvergne region in south-central France, where it has been made since the middle of the 19th century. Bleu d’Auvergne is made in the traditional manner from cow’s milk and features blue veining throughout. Its moist, sticky rind conceals a soft cheese possessing a grassy, spicy, pungent taste.  The oak aging of this Yeti gives a subtle vanilla character, rounding out Yeti’s intense roastiness and huge hoppy nature making it a lovely partner to the Bleu D’Auvergne.

Start your GABF week right with this stellar pairing.

Weekend Pairing

September 23, 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.

Grafton 4-year Cheddar and Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, while not currently in season, can still occasionally be found on shelves during its off-season. A generous infusion of espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.

Grafton 4-year Cheddar is aged for approximately 48 months and is handcrafted with Jersey cow milk from small Vermont family farms. This outstanding cheddar has a pronounced, mature, earthy flavor with a full, smooth finish, and has a drier, crumbly texture that makes aged cheese lovers sing.

This is a surprising match made in heaven.

The A Team

September 22, 2011


We often like to joke that our brewers are superheroes. Now they really are! Stop by the brewery during GABF to meet them…and their alter-egos.

Taylor Rees aka BalanceBeam

This multi-tasking wonder juggles brewing, Tap Room pouring, brewhouse logistics, crime-fighting, saving puppies from house fires, fording flooded rivers and rescuing damsels in distress.

Distinguishing Characteristics: superhuman strength, level-headedness, reliability

Where He’s Typically Found: in a blackberry thicket untangling a baby animal

Secret Power: can guess your weight +/- 300 pounds

Austin Wiley aka Time Traveler

When he’s not smoking his pipe, whittling or shooting his dinner with a musket, this old-timey superhero brews a mean batch of beer.

Distinguishing Characteristics: beardliness, bulging flux capacitor, affinity for DeLoreans

Where He’s Typically Found: bridging the gap between antiquity and modernity

Secret Power: Ignoring the Space-Time Continuum

Chris Kirk aka Metalloid

He deflects the whizzing bullets of Evil by morphing into metal. He may be all alloy on the outside, but he’s got a heart of gold.

Distinguishing Characteristics: rough exterior, soft interior.

Where He’s Typically Found: in the middle of the mosh pit

Secret Power: Headbanger’s Head Butt

Jeff Wermer aka Il Professore

While he may be reserved, don’t let his silence fool you. He’s brain-bending the enemy with complex, multi-point theses regarding Plato’s fundamental Theory of Forms.

Distinguishing Characteristics: clever, quiet, cunning.

Where He’s Typically Found: deep in thought

Secret Power: Face-Melting Philosophizing

Tyler Joyce aka Miles A. Minute

This young superhero is a man on the go. Whether he’s hiking, dancing, bike riding or mashing in, you’ll rarely find him idle.

Distinguishing Characteristics: charismatic, adventurous, enthusiastic

Where He’s Typically Found: Everywhere

Secret Power: awakes fully rested after only 20 minutes of sleep per night

Bryan Brauer aka The Night Watchman

He roams the brewery at night, protecting his fiefdom from over-sparging, errant milling, ghosts of brewers past and crackhead invasion.

Distinguishing Characteristics: reverberating bellow, lightening-quick pistol draw, Chicago loyalty

Where He’s Typically Found: in the shadows

Secret Power: Ruckus Incitement

Great Divide Does Huffington Post

September 21, 2011


Check out this blog post from us about a revolutionary way to taste your beer. Thanks to Karl Ockert of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas for his help!


Weekend Pairing

September 16, 2011


Welcome to our new 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.

Emmentaler and Claymore Scotch Ale

Claymore Scotch Ale is a malty, deep-ruby beauty featuring lots of caramel sweetness, a reserved hop profile, and a subtle warming character.

Emmentaler, Switzerland’s oldest and most important cheese, has a distinctively nutty-sweet, mellow flavor that makes it perfect for almost any use. It is light gold in color with marble-sized holes and a natural light brown rind. The malty, caramel notes of the Claymore complement the Emmentaler perfectly.

Tap Room: Bigger, Better, Beerier

September 15, 2011

It’s true! We are almost ready to unveil our brand-spankin’-new Tap Room expansion. The new expansion gives you more room to let your hair down, chill out, rock out, hang out and, of course, enjoy delicious Great Divide beer on draft. We’ll let you know when it’s officially open for biz. Click the title above for more info from Westword. Cheers!

Yeti Baby

September 14, 2011


Cheers to this adorable scamp whom, in his infancy, is vastly more awesome than many ever aspire to be. The combination of the beer bottle, Yeti onesie and entirely-too-legit pose makes him our cheers of the week.

While you may have about 20.5 years before you can enjoy one of our brews, this one goes out to you, little guy. #yetibaby

Beer Gossip

Hibernation was spotted on the bottling line at the brewery this week. This robust, warming beer is getting ready for an epic return. Like Rocky up the steps, it’s been fermenting nonstop for a comeback and will be back on shelves in early October. As one of our most sought-after seasonals, Hibernation is the perfect complement to inclement weather.

Hiber’s almost back. Who’s ready to snuggle up to a bottle?