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Spotted: Great Divide Velvet Yeti

Great Divide Velvet Yeti

Great Divide Velvet Yeti, the newest in a line of “Yetis” has officially been spotted. Or in this case, tapped.

Yeti Imperial Stout is easily one of the most iconic stouts in America. Over the past few years, the Denver, Colorado based brewery has grown the lineup to include Oatmeal, Espresso Oak Aged, and Chocolate Oak Aged editions. Each one is unique and flavorful, as well as strong. Your next morning will be a rough one if you are slamming Yetis all night. Great Divide Velvet Yeti is a little different.

This Yeti fell in with the nitrogen crowd. You know those kind of people. Little bubbles. Weird taps.

A nitro Yeti is finally going big time. Brewery founder Brian Dunn has had a vision of a more “sessionable,” nitrogen edition of Yeti. Great Divide has experimented over the past few years, so a lucky few might have found it in the taproom in the past. With various expansions going on at the brewery, fall 2016 was as good a time as any to roll this beer out.

If you were to lower the alcohol by volume from an “in your face” imperial stout like Yeti, you’d think the end result would be a beer that tastes thin, or watered down. Not even close. Great Divide Velvet Yeti is big on creamy chocolate and coffee flavors. One just isn’t enough.

This new release comes with just a tiny catch. Right now, Great Divide is producing around 112 kegs a month. Colorado and California are the first states tapping Velvet.

Great Divide Velvet Yeti is a draft only offering.

Style: Stout (Nitro Tap)
Availability: Draft Only
Debut: 10/3/16

5% ABV

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Great Divide Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison is fresh & beautiful

Great Divide Nadia Kali bottle

Great Divide Nadia Kali had made a June debut. The beer kicks off the Denver, Colorado based brewery’s new Tank Farm Series.

Hibiscus gives Great Divide Nadia Kali its pink color. The brewery didn’t stop there, however. The saison also boasts ginger and lemon peel as well.

while ginger root gives it a subtle spice and hint of woodsy maturity, and lemon peel adds a citrus tartness to keep you on your toes. Full of complexity and intrigue, this unfiltered beauty will show you just how deceiving looks can be.

The most striking aspect of this beer is the color. Slightly pink – almost glows in the sun. No doubt you are drinking a full flavored saison, as the yeast tells most of the story. The ginger and lemon bolster a nice, fresh flavor. A great warm weather drinker. Remember, it’s still hot out there.

Great Divide Nadia Kali started shipping in 12 ounce bottles and draft in June, 2016 as a seasonal release.

Style: Saison (w/ Ginger, Lemon Peel, Hibiscus.) 
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: June, 2016

6.3% ABV

Image: Beer Street Journal

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Great Divide Samurai returns from retirement in cans

Great Divde Samurai

Great Divide Samurai was retired back in 2012. That move was less than thrilling to the Colorado brewery’s fanbase.

Who was to blame for the death of Samurai? Point your fingers at Colette, and Nomad, two other beers that went year-round leaving this beer in the dust. Until  now.

Great Divide Samurai, a rice ale, is out of retirement and now getting the can treatment with a new look.

Since it’s been going on 5 years we don’t have the stats on this beer in hand. One small drawback for those wanting a taste of this warrior once again. Distribution of Great Divide Samurai will be limited to Colorado until 2017, when it ships to all markets.

Style: Blonde Ale
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft
Latest Return: August, 2016

?? ABV

The evolution of Great Divide's Samurai artwork. Photo: Great Divide

The evolution of Great Divide’s Samurai artwork. Photo: Great Divide

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Great Divide 22nd Anniversary, a sour ale debuts

Great Divide 22nd Anniversary

Great Divide 22nd Anniversary is hitting shelves, marking the Denver, Colorado based brewery’s birthday

The brewery chose a dark American wild/sour ale to mark this milestone. Aged in red wine barrels, the beer boasts flavors of black cherry jam, and oak.

An expert blend of bold character, this Dark American Sour is a perfect culmination of 22 years of craft and ingenuity. Aged in red wine barrels, this robust offering is as sophisticated as it is sour. Notes of black cherry jam and tobacco are countered by a welcome tartness and tannic oak finish that lasts long after each sip, making 22nd Anniversary a beer you won’t soon forget.

Brian Dunn founded Great Divide in 1994. In 2014, the brewery announced the acquisition of 5 acres of land close to the original site, and broke ground in 2014. By 2015, the site was live and allowed the brewery to start canning.

Great Divide 22nd Anniversary is now available in 750 milliliter bottles and draft for a limited time.

Style: American Wild/Sour Ale (Wine Barrel Aged)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: June, 2016

8.7% ABV

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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