Beer Spa

October 11, 2011


This weekend, I had the pleasure of trying the Downtown Denver Ritz-Carlton Spa’s Mile High Malt Scrub and Microbrew Massage, featuring our Samurai Rice Ale and Yeti Imperial Stout. The spa has long been home to the Hops ‘N’ Honey pedicure, also featuring Great Divide brews. Now, it’s finally here… the perfect spa exbeerience.

First, you hear a bit about how beer can help make the skin softer, smoother and better-feeling. We know how awesome beer can be on the inside; little did we know the wonders it can do on the outside.

The treatment starts once you’re snuggled into one of the spa’s luxurious robes. You’re met with a glass of Samurai (a perfect way to start a spa treatment if we’ve ever seen one). The rest of the beer left in the bottle is used in the first phase of the blissful treatment—the scrub.

Once you’re in the treatment room, the technician grinds a hefty handful of malt with a mortar and pestle, mixing it with the remaining Samurai, producing a finely-ground body scrub. The scrub is applied to the body, exfoliating the skin and leaving a pleasant, invigorating tingle.

This is where the Vichy shower comes in. Move over Johannes Gutenberg, Eli Whitney and Albert Einstein, the Vichy shower is one of the greatest feats of human ingenuity. As you lie on the spa treatment table, a network of multiple moveable shower heads gives an extremely relaxing rinse-off. Luckily (for both me and the technician) the Vichy experience employs a helpful series of towels so even the most modest beer lover can enjoy the experience with a more than a modicum of decency. After the rinse comes the Yeti…

My technician, who was both friendly and knowledgeable, fast-poured the Yeti into a Great Divide pint glass (nice touch, indeed) to maximize head on the beer. She then scooped some of the frothy foam off the top, mixing some with the moisturizer to be used later. Some of the beer is set aside to be painted directly on the skin.

Using a large, soft paintbrush, my technician slowly painted the beer onto my skin, allowing Yeti’s rich coffee and malt aroma envelope the room. As the beer soaked in, she then began the first stage of the massage portion. Using some of the leftover Samurai as a natural cleanser and clarifier, she gave me a rockin’ scalp massage, ensuring that I melted into complete relaxation.

Then, using the Yeti-moisturizer mixture, the treatment ended with an expert full-body massage. Back in the spa’s relaxation room, I was presented with a delicious pint of Yeti to top it all off. Sitting on a plush divan, wrapped in a cashmere blanket, blissed out post-massage, is, in my mind, a pretty great way to enjoy a cold one.

This treatment, the only one of its kind in North America we are told, is a perfect way to bring together two of our favorite things—beer and a day at the spa. The fun, unique, relaxing experience is a great fit for one of America’s best beer cities. The Mile High Malt Scrub and Microbrew Massage runs about 75 minutes and, at $200, is a bargain for the variety of experiences rolled into one treatment. If you will be traveling to the Mile High City or you call the Front Range home, you don’t want to miss this awesome and unexpected treasure.

You can reach the spa at (303) 312-3830 to reserve your spot today.

Awesomn Autumn Release Party

October 7, 2011


Join us next Friday, October 14th, for the release of our beloved autumn seasonals: Oak Aged Yeti, Fresh Hop and Hibernation. Here’s the skinny:

-$20 at the door. Bring George, Abraham, Alexander or Andrew with you because this baby’s cash only.

-$20 buys you three beer tickets and one food ticket.

-Food provided by our pals Basic Kneads Pizza, who have been known to dish some pretty tasty grub.

-We’ll have a DJ spinning sweet 80s and 90s tunage.


See you there!

Autumn Seasonals

October 4, 2011

It’s true, they’re here.

They’re finally back,

These three tasty beauties,

Upon your palate: impress, not attack.

Fresh Hop and Oak Aged and Hibernation,

Realities, not figments of the imagination.

You’ve waited and pined away all year long,

No longer for want of their malty, hop songs.

There’s Hiber’s sweet, sultry warming,

or Oak Aged Yeti’s reverberant, recalcitrant warning,

and Fresh Hop’s aromas of citrus and grass,

On these fall seasonals, you’d be silly to pass.

So, search in ye cities,

Look high and look low,

For once they have vanished,

They will be memories ago.

Drumroll, please…


The winners of our Yeti Prize Packs from the Forkly Yeti Mafia Perk are:




Their penchant for bold brews makes them die-hard members of the Yeti Mafia. Cheers!

Great Divide and Forkly Team Up, Mafia Style

September 28, 2011


We’re stoked to partner with Forkly as they launch the new Yeti Mafia perk. Check into three Yetis during GABF and you can be a part of the Yeti Mafia, too!

How to win:

Get the Forkly app for your iPhone

Taste and Rate 3 Yetis during GABF week

Receive your Yeti Mafia Perk

Earn the most Yeti points each day through Forkly and win a sweet GD prize pack

It’s that easy!

Start swilling now to earn your place in the Yeti Mafia. Tweet at us, too, using the tag #yetimafia


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