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Great Divide Best Denver Brewery Great Divide Brewing Company Yeti Colette Titan

History

During the late 80s, Brian Dunn spent 5 years overseas building farms in developing countries.  Having grown up in a family that valued good food and drink, Dunn grew his knowledge and passion for beer during his travels.  Dunn eventually returned to Colorado, started homebrewing and went to graduate school.  Upon graduation in 1993, when the Denver beer scene barely existed, he set out to found what would eventually become one of America’s most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.

Beginning with a marketing study and a business plan, Dunn saw an opportunity in what would soon become Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood to brew uniquely balanced, flavorful beers.  With financial help from family, friends and a loan from the City of Denver, his dream of brewing commercially became reality in 1994.

Ballpark

The brewery started small and in the beginning Dunn was the only full-time employee: brewing, bottling and selling to accounts all in the same day.  As the brewery grew, the beer spoke for itself.  Dunn’s beers were balanced, flavorful and representative of a lifestyle that is uniquely Colorado.  While Great Divide’s ethos may be globally-inspired, our beers are distinctly Denver.

Since 1994 we’ve brewed all sorts of exciting beer styles, added lots of brewing capacity and we’ve assembled a great staff.  In 2001, we bought our building – which used to be an old dairy processing plant – and set out for over a decade of exponential growth. In 2011, we realized we would soon outgrow our space and began looking for land to expand– knowing that leaving the city was not an option.

The Barrel Bar

We are a Denver brewery, and have been involved in the craft beer scene and the community here since the beginning. In 2013, we bought 5 acres in the nearby RiNo neighborhood. It wasn’t easy, but we are so happy to have a place only a mile down the road where we can continue growing for the next 21 years. We broke ground on phase one of our expansion in 2014. In 2015, we finally had the space in our new packaging facility to begin canning. We celebrated the opening of our Barrel Bar in July, and immediately began looking ahead to our Phase Two expansion.

Our brewery has become what it is today thanks to our hardworking, creative and passionate employees. Here at Great Divide, Bold Character is more than just a catchphrase, it’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think, and what we believe.

Independently owned and operated since 1994.

TAPROOM GIVING PROGRAM

In 2011 we launched our Tap Room Giving Program as a way to return the favor to the folks that have supported us from the very beginning. As of 2017, our thirsty patrons have helped raise over $575,000 since the program’s inception. In 2017 alone, $75,000 in donations were raised through the Tap Room Giving Program and 23 different local non-profits were the recipients of these proceeds. Support comes in the form of monetary and/or in-kind donations and often helps fund the various sponsorships that Great Divide undertakes.

The Tap Room Giving Program has allowed the brewery to contribute to non-profits working through complicated issues like the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Metro Caring while also expanding new partnerships. The program is centered around supporting community initiatives and organizations that provide opportunities to better the Denver community all while aiming to bring people together to try different beers and start a conversation about how they might be able to get involved.

Ford Church, the Founder and Executive Director of the Cottonwood Institute, a program recipient says about the program, “… Great Divide’s support through our fundraising events, volunteer projects, and as a Tap Room beneficiary this past April helped Cottonwood Institute serve over 480 participants through 33 programs in the Denver/Boulder area. The underserved middle and high school students we work with were able to explore the outdoors for the first time, sleep under the stars, and tackle local environmental issues impacting their communities … We couldn’t have provided these life-changing experiences without the support of local businesses like Great Divide.”

SPONSORSHIPS & DONATIONS

Another way the brewery supports the community is our involvement with great causes and events through sponsorships and donations. In 2017, we supported over 100 different organizations through these efforts. We also put our efforts towards sponsoring large community events throughout the year like the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot, Levitt Pavilion Denver, Hops for Homes.

MILE HIGH UNITED WAY TURKEY TROT

In 2017, we had the opportunity to be the official beer sponsor for the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot for a fourth year. We have been fortunate enough to participate as a sponsor for the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot for the past few years. Each Thanksgiving, thousands of participants run in the Turkey Trot to raise money towards work that will help pull families and individuals in our community out of poverty. Every 21+ runner receives free Great Divide brews in the beer garden after the race. We’re excited to continue this Thanksgiving Day tradition with the Denver community.

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER

2017 was our second year as the official beer sponsor for Levitt Pavilion Denver. Levitt is a local non-profit focusing on elevating the local music scene and increasing accessibility to free live music. With the construction of the new Levitt Pavilion in Ruby Hill Park this year, they’ve made huge strides. This past summer Levitt hosted 50 free concerts at the new pavilion where Great Divide brews were available for thirsty concert-goers. We are excited to continue and grow this partnership in 2018 as the organization and music venue continue to grow and elevate the local music scene here in Denver.

HOPS FOR HOMES: THE HOUSE THAT BEER BUILT

In 2017 we teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver on the first ever House that Beer Built partnership. Together with the support of 20+ other breweries, Habitat was able to raise $50,000 to help a local family in Denver find strength and stability through homeownership. All participating breweries also spent the summer working alongside Habitat for Humanity to help build the home for a deserving Denver family.

Do you want your organization to be considered for a sponsorship or donation from Great Divide? Use our Sponsorship and Donation Submission Form in order to be considered.

SUSTAINABILITY AT GREAT DIVIDE

Great Divide is proud to be one of the leading craft breweries in sustainability. With the help of our Green Team, we have implemented green initiatives throughout the brewery. Our sustainability efforts include a brewery wide recycling program, sustainable breakrooms, eco-passes for all full-time employees, auditing and accountability for every brewery department, a community recycling program, re-using bottle-rinse water, Certified Green taprooms, energy saving motion sensor lights and more! If you’d like to learn more about all of our sustainability efforts including our Community Recycling Program click below.

AWARDS

Founded in Denver in 1994, Great Divide is one of the most decorated breweries in America, recognized for brewing some of the globe’s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. These beers have landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival medals, 5 World Beer Cup awards, and 14 spots on BeerAdvocate‘s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015). RateBeer.com named Great Divide among the “Top Brewers In the World” (2014), the “Top Brewer in Colorado (2013), and 12th on their list of “Best Brewers In The World” (2013). Here at Great Divide, Bold Character isn’t just a catchphrase. It’s the philosophy behind what we brew, how we think and what we believe. 

2013

Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Chocolate Beer

2010

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Saison

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Saison

2011

Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Belgian and French Style Ales

2009

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Scotch Ale/Barleywine

2011

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Ale Packaged

1997

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Classic English Style Pale Ale

1998

World Beer Cup, Bronze Medal, Classic English-Style Old Ale

Westword Magazine, “Best of Denver,” Best Pale Ale

1999

Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Classic English-Style Pale Ale

2000

World Beer Cup, Gold Medal, Classic English-Style Old Ale

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- Pale Ale

2002

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Classic English-Style Pale Ale

2004

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- Pale Ale

2006

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Classic English-Style Pale Ale

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Summer- Best of Rockies/Southwest

2007

BeerAdvocate.com, Best of Beer Advocate, Top 25 Beers

2008

European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Silver Award, Belgian-Style Ale

2009

Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Belgian-Style Ale

2005

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Winter- Double IPA

2006

International Beer Challenge, World’s 50 Best Beers

2007

Australian International Beer Awards, Gold Medal, Imperial IPA

2008

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Imperial IPA

2009

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Imperial IPA

1997

Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Strong Ale/ English-Style Old Ale

1998

World Beer Cup, Silver Medal, Strong Ale/ English Style Old Ale

2000

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Region

2003

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Old Ale

Beer Advocate, Best Of BeerAdvocate.com

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Winter- Strong/Old Ale

2004

BeerAdvocate.com, Rating of 90

2006

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Aged Beer

2007

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Winter- Old/Strong Ale

2009

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Rye Beer

2010

World Beer Cup, Bronze Medal

Australian International Beer Awards, Overall Champion Lager

Australian International Beer Awards, Gold Medal, Rye Lager

2011

Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Lager Draught

2007

European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Silver Medal, Stout

Australian International Beer Awards, Bronze Medal, Wood-Aged Beers

2008

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Wood-Aged Beer

2009

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, Wood-Aged Beer

2005

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Barley Wine

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Regional Champion, Winter- Barley Wine

2006

Great American Beer Festival, Gold Medal, Barley Wine

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Grand Champion, Winter- Barley Wine

Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival, Honorable Mention, Barley Wine

2007

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Regional Champion, Winter- Barley Wine

2009

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Barley Wine

2010

Stockholm Beer and Whiskey Festival, Bronze Medal

2007

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Best of the Rockies, Golden Ale/Kolsch

2003

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- India Pale Ale

2004

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- IPA

BeerAdvocate.com, Rating of 90

2005

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Regional Champion, Summer- IPA

2006

Stockholm Beer Festival, Bronze Medal

2007

European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Silver Medal, IPA

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, IPA

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Best of the Rockies, Summer- IPA

2008

Australian International Beer Awards, Silver Medal, IPA

2003

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- Fruit Beer

2004

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Regional Champion, Summer- Fruit Beer

2007

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Best of the Rockies, Summer- Fruit Beer

2004

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Honorable Mention, Winter- Imperial Stout

BeerAdvocate.com, Rating of 90

2005

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Imperial Stout

Great International Beer Competition, Bronze Medal, Strong Beer

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Grand Champion, Winter- Imperial Stout

2006

United States Beer Tasting Championship, Honorable Mention, Winter- Imperial Stout

2007

United States Beer Tasting Competition, Regional Champion, Winter- Imperial Stout

2008

Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Stout

2009

Great American Beer Festival, Silver Medal, Stout

Brew New Zealand Awards, Silver Medal

European Beer Star, Nuremberg, Bronze Medal