Calling All Thirsty Auteurs:

January 30, 2012


We’re looking for a rad local filmmaker that is willing to work for beer trade and local fame. We are hoping to make a short Yeti vid and we need your help! If interested, please with some examples of your work.

Hope to be working with you soon!

Yeti As Muse


Yeti As Muse

Every once in a while, we get awesome beer-inspired emails from our splendid fans. Here’s a super cool poem from our pal David Ganz in South Bend, IN.

Ballade of the Yeti

A lonely cloud I choose to stroll, or roam
Along the chartered streets around South Bend
To find a bar where I may find a home,
A stool, a glass, a table or a friend.
My tastes still splendid, so my way I’ll wend
Still lonely, clouded: further than the jetty
St Joseph’s lake beyond, and at its end
A glimpse of Mark, the bar, and, lo, the Yeti.

The Fates decide what we may make or mend
Circling the glories of the Golden Dome.
Far better verses better bards have penned
Far better hairs to split (or raise, or comb.)
Until you hold the glass, the head of foam.
Your belly filled with pasta or spaghetti.
Bologna, Puttanesca. Even Rome
Can cook no sauce appropriate to the Yeti.

Across Alaska, Anchorage to Nome
Eschewing Palin, once the rising trend
I seek electric bodies, volt and ohm
Spark waves and currents which I cannot blend
I pause and wait for Nature to extend
A park of the MidWest, a Seringhetti
Where lions crunch each pious reverend
And what those lions leave falls to the Yeti.

Princess, when on your bard your eyes you bend.
As he completes his twenty seventh tome
Pour him his beer, make of him a legend
To raise his glass to leprechaun, or gnome
The gladiators and the hippodrome
The chariots, all covered in confetti,
The moonlight glitters of the fender’s chrome
I’ll no more poem, Princess, make mine a Yeti.


Great Divide Does Huffpo

January 16, 2012

Every month, Great Divide gets to weigh in on all things beer for Huffington Post. Here’s the newest piece. Anyone up for a beer cocktail?

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).