An Ode to Chocolate Yeti

March 21, 2012

 

A peek from the clouds, that break we call spring,

When dew seems to sit, awaiting on gossamer string,

In our hearts we all know, it can mean but one thing.

A Yeti, so smooth, from its cave does appear,

A fearsome loud roar, in our ears we do hear,

Not a bear, but a different brute soon is quite near.

It’s chocolate and sultry with a cayenne pop,

In the hierarchy of beasts, it reigns at the top,

This Yeti is special; a delicious brew that is ready to drop.

Get your buns to the Tap Room, or any fair bar,

Because this Yeti’s elusive, it’ll soon be afar.

You’ll be pleased with this Yeti—we know we are!

They’re Baaaaack

March 15, 2012

 

It’s that time again, when warming temperatures and longer days beckon us to cast off the shroud of winter and get outside. It also means that three of our most-coveted seasonals return: Colette, Chocolate Oak Aged and 18th Anniversary.

All three seasonals will return April 1st and each offer something delightful and different.

Colette, our farmhouse ale, is a GABF silver medal winner and crowd favorite. It’s light, dry notes pair perfectly with the setting sun.

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is one iteration of our fearsome Yeti Imperial Stout. It’s brewed with cocoa nibs and cayenne pepper to give it a little extra something.

18th Anniversary Ale is our perennial celebration of doin’ business. This wood-aged Double IPA is a real palate-pleaser.

See you soon for a pour!

Big Ups to All Y’all

March 13, 2012

 

Thanks to everyone who made our trip to SXSW so special. It was great to spend time with the boys from Untappd, the gracious and attentive staff at Ginger Man, the friendly barkeeps at Easy Tiger, the hilarious and welcoming Mel and Flash from TapHunter (plus, Peg!), uber-smart Terry from Antler and the firecracker of the group, @SchneiderMike.

We also had the pleasure of visiting Independence Brewing, Live Oak and Hops and Grain. Thanks to all these awesome brewers for showing us some serious hospitality. Plus, big gracias to Chris Spradley, now at Rahr and Sons for being a livesaver in the pouring rain! Plus, Tony Drewry is hilarious.

We had a great time, in large part due to the friendly, helpful and hilarious people we met throughout the weekend. Cheers, Texas!

Great Divide + SXSW + Untappd

March 6, 2012

 

This week, we will be making the trip to Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive. We will be joining our pals Untappd for a panel about beer, social media and how location-based services bolster the social pint, called Social + Location + Mobile = The Perfect Beer. If you’ll be at the fest, make sure you swing by and see us!

To reach us at the fest, you can tweet to @greatdividebrew. We’ll be all around the city and we’d love to hear from you! Make sure you use the hashtag #sxbeerpanel, too!

Cheers to social beers!

Yeti Emerges To Celebrate Leap Day

February 27, 2012

 

This Wednesday, Leap Day, will mark the emergence of the Yeti. Celebrate this rare day with these rare, vintage beasts. Stop by the Tap Room between 2 and 10pm and get a taste of these brews:

2007 Yeti Imperial Stout

2010 Yeti Imperial Stout

2009 Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Dare to stare down a Yeti?

Ode to Hiber Cat

February 21, 2012

 

Oh, Hibernation cat, you’re cute and you’re wise,

Your taste in craft beer is most genius, we surmise.

Our salutes to you, you wily lil’ guy,

If only ye had thumbs, more Great Divide you could buy.

February 17, 2012

 

Follow us over on Instagram (@greatdividebrew) for behind-the-scenes shots of daily life here at the brewery.

The Immortal Kernel

February 9, 2012

 

Oh, to ponder the profundity of the immortal kernel. From nothing, emerging out of the dew-dappled prairies it rises as merely a sprout, but soon its hardy stalks are foisted towards the heavens. A journey begins.

Under the power of an infernal sun, the dry kernel writhes and dapples—a puckering crescendo. Standing at the precipice of maturity, malevolent threshing orphans the kernel. With barely a husk by which to cling, it awaits its fate.

The ardor of malting. That fickle beast, requires dichotomy: the drying and the absorption of precious water and the cooling and heating of directed winds. The stunted sprout—a tale left unfinished.

A painful twist through the mill. The archaic, grinding mechanisms of a gnaw. A crack, a breaking in two. Stigmata to a sacrificial lamb.

The mash. That baptismal fount from whence the kernel is forever changed. The swirling mists of a bubbling cauldron.

The end glory—that bubbling, aromatic potion that delights the mirthful masses. That golden liquid—a rich luxury. All from but a tiny kernel.

Day In The Life: Old Ruffian

February 8, 2012

 

(Yep, we’re bringing back our Day In The Life Series! You can find more Day In The Life entries herehere and here.)

OK, so I’m up in the woods, right? All of a sudden—BAM—one helluva grizz comes up on me. I mean a big ol’ gal, maybe 6, 700 pounds of Mama Bear. Turns out, I’m standing between her and her cubs. She lets out a beastly rukus—nearly blows my damn eardrums out. Do you think I stepped down? Naw, I just stared her straight back in her beady black eyes and gave a good wild man growl. She comes lumberin’ at me but—POW—I deck her right in the kisser with my good hand. I stand still, facing her with my dukes up. She circles around me with her head down. I grab a cub as my spoils. He lives with me now in my backcountry cabin. Makes a damn fine watch bear. His name is James. And that’s the story of how I defeated MamaGrizz.

Super Bowl Beer Snacks

February 3, 2012

 

Perhaps you’re headed to a Super Bowl party this Sunday and are inspired to show up with a killer dish in hand. When asked the question ‘so what did you bring?’ can any answer be more awesome than ‘drunken beans’? This recipe is best made a day ahead of time and goes down deliciously when accompanied by warm tortillas and washed down with beer. So go ahead and sacrifice a bottle, just have another one in hand to drink while you’re cooking.

Drunken Yeti Beans

serves approx. 8 (as a side dish)

Ingredients:

4 cups cooked beans, mixture of kidney, pinto, and/or similar style (3 cans, but best results from dried)

1 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cups dark beer (used 1 cup Claymore Scotch Ale + 1/2 cup Espresso Oak Aged Yeti)

1 bay leaf
3 slices bacon, diced
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 pound mushrooms, coarsely chopped

2 Tbsp bottled chili sauce

2 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
Chopped cilantro + lime wedges for serving

Directions:
1) Heat beans plus stock until just boiling.

2) Add the beer, bay leaf, and simmer for about 20 minutes.

3) Meanwhile, in an ungreased heavy skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and pour off all but 1 tablespoon of excess bacon fat. Keep the flame at medium and cook the onion and garlic in bacon fat until translucent and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft. Add the cooked bacon back in and stir. Transfer this mixture to beans.

4) In separate bowl whisk together chili sauce, honey, mustard, and vinegar and stir into pot with beans.

5) Season liberally with kosher salt and black pepper to taste, and simmer for 10 minutes longer to allow flavors to blend. Add more stock, if needed.

6) Serve with chopped cilantro, lime wedges and warm tortillas, as desired. And remember folks, recipes work best when used as a guideline and not an assembly manual.