Keepin’ It Seasonal January-March Seasonals—get ‘em while you can!

January 9, 2012


Each quarter, we release 3 seasonal delights for your imbibing pleasure. January brings with it our revered Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (did someone say breakfast beer??), our badass barley wine Old Ruffian and our newest beer baby, Nomad.

While the Espresso Yeti and Old Ruffian are classic brewery favorites, the Nomad is brand-spankin’-new. Our take on a traditional Bohemian pilsner, this golden beauty is sure to satisfy.

These beers should be currently available in all of our markets. Find ‘em on shelves at liquor stores and pouring at your favorite bars and restaurants!

Weekend Pairing

January 6, 2012


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.

Von Trapp Farmstead Oma paired with Claymore Scotch Ale

This washed-rind cheese is a luxurious package of flavors including earthy, buttery, and faintly barnyardy. Oma’s silky texture is soft and elastic yet manages to sway away from the runny side. The Von Trapp brothers make this cheese in Vermont and named it ‘oma’ (German word for grandmother) after their grandmother, Erica. This cheese delivers silky complexity with flavors that don’t disappoint. Pairs perfectly with our Claymore Scotch Ale and is an impressive pairing with guests who are European cheese lovers yet newer to American artisan varieties.

January Season Releases

January 2, 2012


January Season Releases

Due to space constrictions (aka crazy construction) we won’t be able to host our normal January release bash. However, we will be doing some very special tastings of our January-March seasonals with paired artisan cheeses in the Tap Room.

Samples of all 3 seasonals are free this week only. Cheese is also free until supplies run out or from 5-8pm. Here’s the skinny:

Monday, January 2nd: Nomad (Pilsner) + Gouda

Tuesday, January 3rd: Old Ruffian (Barley Wine) + Blue Cheese

Wednesday, January 4th: Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (Imperial Stout) + Aged Cheddar

Thursday, January 5th: Nomad + Gouda (because, why the heck not add a 4th day?!)

Join us in the Tap Room on 22nd and Arapahoe downtown Denver in the Ballpark Neighborhood. Happy New Year and New Beer!

Weekend Pairing

December 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.

Brie de Meaux  paired with Hades Belgian Style Ale

Brie de Meaux, one of the “kings of cheese” stands out with its smooth, voluptuous, but not quite runny texture and its incredibly creamy taste.  The cheese’s complexity and character are due to unique combination of climate and micro-flora of the region in which it is produced – Ile de France.

Hades is a well balanced, crisp ale that doesn’t over power the brie.  No need to be coupled up for a romantic night in, even when enjoyed solo or with family & friends – you’ll feel the effects of cupid’s arrow.

On The Topic Of Holidays

December 20, 2011


The holidays are just around the corner and, as we take a pause from the bustle, we can’t help but think about the year gone by.

In the last year, we’ve seen quite a few milestones. We took delivery of a pilot system, dropped in a number of 300-barrel tanks, won some awards, expanded the Tap Room, hosted the largest GD Anniversary Party on record and one of the biggest GABF weekends we’ve ever had. Those things are all great. But, we can’t help but think that the best parts of 2011 were a bit quieter.

We’ve always said it and we always mean it—you are what makes this brewery great. You—the beer drinker, the beer connoisseur, the beer newbie, the beer writer, the Tap Room customer. It’s not the delivery of a hulking stainless steel vessel that signals our success; it’s the fact that every day people take time out of their schedules to stop by and share a pint with us. It’s the fact that, on any given weekend, you can stop by and find friends simply enjoying good beer and good company. It’s the fact that our staff chooses to stay after work and hang out with each other.

In a decidedly volatile economic time, we’re grateful to be growing. But, we’re also grateful for those blessings that are a bit harder to quantify with a dollar amount.

We’re thankful for a Basic Kneads Pizza party on the patio on a warm June evening.

We’re thankful for a team of brewers who do what they love and are great at it.

We’re thankful for a pint of Hibernation when it’s snowing outside.

We’re thankful for those who come by and grab a growler on a Friday to share with their buddies.

We’re thankful to be able to share a night of beer and cheese in the Tap Room.

Awards are great. Brewery expansions are exciting. But we couldn’t do it without you. Thanks for supporting Great Divide in 2011 and we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons.

Cheers from all of us.


December 19, 2011


You may have already heard of the Tap Room’s New Year, New Beer Midnight Toast but we have another stellar New Years event for you! Join us at Rackhouse Pub for the Great Divide Tap Takeover featuring a stellar line-up of delicious, hard-to-find GD brews, plus, dare we say…a few sour beers?

It’s gonna be a great event and we hope to see you there!


Weekend Pairing

December 16, 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.

Ossau-Iraty (sheep milk; France) paired with Smoked Baltic Porter

Ossau-Iraty is a French cheese full of a delicious, nutty, robust taste if it is produced during the period from June to September when the herds move up to the high mountain meadows. Its fragrance is reminiscent of toasted hazelnuts, and its taste encapsulates sweet, buttery flavors that a great sheep’s milk cheese can deliver.

Smoked Baltic Porter delivers a seductive, smoky smoothness that complements this cheeses’ nuttiness and makes this a pleasant match for a holiday cheese board (drop the needle on some Louis Armstrong vinyl to complete to mood).

New Year, New Beer Midnight Toast

December 15, 2011


It’s almost that time again to turn the page on a new year. We’re excited to be debuting our brand new pilsner, Nomad, at our upcoming New Year, New Beer Midnight Toast. Join us for the inaugural pour of this golden beauty on December 31st in the Tap Room. Our 16 taps will be flowing with your fave year-round and seasonal brews, as well. No reservations necessary—come ring in the new year (and the new beer) with us!

Apple chooses Forkly in the top 5 Lifestyle Apps of 2011

December 13, 2011


We’re excited to see Apple UK included Forkly in top 5 Lifestyle Apps of 2011! 

Check it out here.

Nomad, an expectant tribute

December 9, 2011



It was said to be so,

That Great Divide was with child,

Something unlike their other beers you know,

A pilsner, indeed, with a golden bright hue,

‘Twas to be called Nomad,

And it’s handcrafted just for you,

It shall arrive on the eve of the new year,

To be hoisted, not foisted, above in a cheers,

For, with gusto and glee, the people hark, “here, here!”

What better way to celebrate than with tasty, new beer?

So, keep an eye out, watch for the stork,

This beer baby’s demure, light on the torque.

Join on on New Years, for the inaugural pour,

Undoubtedly, you’ll leave, simply wanting more.