Blog | Great Divide | - Part 8

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.

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.


Fromager D’Affinois paired with Hoss Rye Lager

This popular cheese is mild, buttery, sweet and pairs well with fresh fruit and a fireplace.  Fromager d’Affinois is reminiscent of a triple-crème because of its luscious, silky, full mouth feel; but alas, is a mere double crème.  Not to be overlooked, this smooth, milky brie is a great crowd pleaser.

Hoss possesses rich, layered malt notes with hints of cherry.  It finishes clean and crisp while imparting slightly earthy, spicy characteristics.

Après-ski, sledding, or after a brisk hike – this pairing is seductive and addicting, especially with a warm baguette tossed in the mix.

Seven Days of Food Truck Madness

December 5, 2011


While we don’t serve food at the Tap Room, we love hosting some of Denver’s best food carts. We’ve solidified a pretty stellar schedule of food for every day of the week. Find your fave truck and head on down to the Tap Room to get your nom on!

Trucks arrive around 4pm M-F and around 2:30pm Sat/Sun.

Monday: Follow That Cart (tasty soups and homemade sodas)

Tuesday: Chef Driven (globally-inspired comfort food)

Wednesday: Basic Kneads Pizza (some of the best pies in town)

Thursday: Mestizos (super delish Latin-Asian fusion)

Friday: Basic Kneads Pizza (a cart so nice, we have ‘em twice)

Saturday: Bambu (killer Chinese)

Sunday: Vegan Van (no animals, all awesome)

Weekend Pairing

December 2, 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.

Widmer’s 6-Year Cheddar paired with Titan IPA

The Widmer family has been crafting cheese for over 80 years with cheesemaking roots tied back to Switzerland.  This cheddar possesses rich, nutty flavors which become increasingly sharp with age.  Widmer’s Cheddar has a nice golden color, a pronounced mature flavor with a slightly drier, crumbly finish.  Also prominent are notes of caramel and salt with a faintly fruity finish.

Titan IPA is a big, aggressively hopped India Pale Ale that starts out with piney hop aromas and citrus hop flavors, and finishes with a nice rich, malty sweetness that is balanced.  With all of the rich citrus flavors and malty sweetness – this pairing makes a very blissful marriage.

December 1, 2011


If there’s anything we love more than delicious craft beer it’s supporting localness however we can. We are proud to be a part of the Mile High Business Alliance’s Buy Local Week coming up. Denver’s local businesses offer a bevy of perfect holiday shopping ideas, not to mention uber-tasty food and drinks when you’re done. Check out the MHBA’s site to see their stellar member businesses and put a little local in your holidays.

Join the revolution!