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Great Divide reimagines their 20 year old Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale has officially been reimagined, in both recipe and artwork. The brewery celebrates their 22nd birthday this month.

For the last 22 years, Great Divide has called Denver, Colorado home. For 20 of those years, the brewery has been releasing Denver Pale Ale, an English-style pale ale. Two decades later, it’s time to change that up a bit.

Great Divide recognizes that drinker’s palates change over the years, about as much as the city of Denver has changed. Beer, like cities, are a living thing.

 “This city has changed a lot since we first launched Denver Pale Ale almost 20 years ago, and so have the palates of craft beer drinkers. The original Denver Pale Ale is a great beer, and has won a lot of awards throughout the years, but we decided it was time to update the beer to better represent everything that this city has become.” Brian Dunn, Great Divide’s founder and president.

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale can is being transformed in a “living” work of art. Every year, a new can will be released, wrapped in the artwork of a different local artist. This year, Josh Holland’s design was chosen.

Along with the new look, the brewery has reimagined the base recipe to capture the essence of their hometown Denver. This new edition of the pale ale boasts big citrus and pine flavors, finishing with toasted malts, and a slightly bitter finish.

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale (Artists Series) will be available in 6 packs in Colorado. The art can will be found across the United States in the brewery’s Candemonium 12 pack.

Style: Pale Ale
Availability: Year-round
Debut (New Recipe): June, 2016

Great Divide Artist Series 2016 Poster. By Josh Holland

Great Divide Artist Series 2016 Poster. By Josh Holland

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Great Divide Yeti headed to cans

Great Divide Yeti Cans

Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout will soon be available in cans. The brewery has already teased the beer’s existence on social media.

Great Divide Yeti is one of the brewery’s most highly rated, as well as a year-round offering. (Other Yeti variants appear throughout the year.)

YETI IMPERIAL STOUT is an onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. YETI gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops. It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs.

Great Divide Yeti will apparently be available in 12 ounce cans while it is still cold outside, alongside its bottle and draft siblings.

Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: 22oz Bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft (Current), Cans (Soon)
Release: TBA

9.5% ABV, 75 IBUs

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Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout makes an end of return

Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is returning to shelves as you read this.

The 12% alcohol by volume imperial stout is aged in whiskey barrels for as least 12 months. The beer is sporting a new look this year as well.

This unique version of our monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for a least 12 months in whiskey barrels.  The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish.  Who says you can’t tame a beast?

Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout is available in 750 milliliter bottles. Available in limited quantities in November, 2015.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Whiskey.)
Return: November, 2015

12% ABV

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Great Divide 21st Anniversary Sour Ale Debuts This Weekend

Great Divide 21st American Sour Ale

Great Divide 21st Anniversary beer is a departure from the previous birthday releases.

If you’ve been following Great Divide’s Anniversary Series, you’ve seen oak aged imperial IPAs, a strong ale with birch syrup, and a Belgian-style ale with grape juice. This year, the brewery is releasing a sour ale, aged in red wine barrels.

This American sour is a celebration of 21 years of brewing with Bold Character. This commemorative release opens up with a bright, tart, kiwi and citrus notes before mellowing out with a hint of oak and subtle white wine-like character. Soured with lactobacillus and brettanomyces and aged for 9 months in wine barrels, 21st Anniversary  is notably complex while retaining a delicate approachability.

Great Divide 21st Anniversary debuts on June 13th, at Great Divide’s second location in Denver on Brighton Boulevard.

Style: American Wild Ale (Wine Barrel Aged)
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Release: 6/13/15

6.2% ABV

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Great Divide Peach Grand Cru Hits Shelves

Craft beer and Colorado Palisade peaches collide in Great Divide Peach Grand Cru. The beer was first released in October, 2013.

Peach Grand Cru is Great Divide’s newest limited offering.  Brewed with Colorado fruit picked right at the peak of ripeness, this Belgian-style ale marries two of our home state’s well-known offerings: great beer and fresh Palisade peaches.  Both sophisticated and balanced, this extraordinary, aromatic ale was born to be savored beyond the orchard.

Great Divide Peach Grand Cru is on shelves now, in 750ml bottles.

Style: Belgian Strong Ale (w/ Peaches)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Arrival: December, 2014

12% ABV

Image via Ale Yeah

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Great Divide Orabelle Planned for Cans

Great Divide Orabelle Cans

A bit more on the Great Divide Brewing can front. The future can lineup in 2015 will feature (at various times) Titan IPA, Hibernation Ale, Colette, and now Orabelle.

Great Divide Orabelle is a seasonal Belgian-style tripel, released in draft and 12oz bottles.

ORABELLE is brewed with barley, wheat, oats, and rye.  This Belgian-Style Tripel is a golden beauty.  Its two yeast strains, orange peel and dash of coriander impart surprising complexity and richness to this delicate ale. Don’t let Orabelle’s demure nature fool you; this is one flavorful pour.  Watch out, she’s a charmer – one sip and you’ll be in love.

Great Divide Orabelle typically arrives in January, but the canning line won’t be producing until closer to summer, 2015. The brewery will outline the can lineup closer to production.

Style: Belgian-style Tripel
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Seasonal Release. 12oz cans (Planned)
Arrival: TBA

8.3% ABV

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Great Divide Collette To Be Canned

Great Divide Collette Cans

Great Divide Brewing (Denver, CO) will be adding cans to the lineup in 2015, as a part a $30+ million dollar expansion.

Among the initial cans include Titan IPA, Hibernation and their year round farmhouse ale, Colette.

COLETTE is our homage to the saisons that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, COLETTE is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats — a beer as refreshing as it is complex.

If the timeline holds, the brewery should launch cans by summer, 2015. Great Divide is already available in 12oz bottles, and draft.

Style: Farmhouse Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. 12oz Cans (2015). Year-round

7.3% ABV

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