Great Divide Brewing Reveals 2018 Release Calendar

GDBClogoGreat Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, Colorado) just added some intrigue to the year ahead with the publication of a 2018 Release Calendar that brings news of seven new beers.

Another day means another beer calendar, and we have Great Divide Brewing Co.’s full 2018 Release Calendar available below.  You can jump straight to it, or bear with us while we quickly highlight those seven new brews.  It’s totally your call . . .

  • 2018 will see the introduction of Great Divide’s Wood Werks series, a new lineup of limited-edition barrel-aged and sour beers. The series will launch in February with Belgian-style Sour, a “Belgian-style tripel that was artfully soured for 15 months in red wine barrels and aged on plums.”  Belgian-style Sour will be followed by Flemish Sour Brown with Strawberries in May, and Barrel Aged Brown Rye Ale in August.
  • Car Camper Gose will roll out in April as the brewery’s new Summer Seasonal.  This refreshing little number is a German-style Sour brewed with guava & passionfruit.
  • Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti will arrive in May as the newest addition to the Yeti Clan.  This oak-aged Imperial Stout has “sweet vanilla tones [that] meld into the oak characteristics . . .  A pairing fit for a beast, the vanilla and oak are uplifted by the bold and roasty character we all know and love from [Yeti Imperial Stout].”
  • Back by popular demand, Rumble Oak Aged IPA will return as a part of the Tank Farm series in 2018.  It will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft from May through September.
  • Beginning in May, Great Divide will add Heyday Modern IPA to its Year-Round portfolio.  “What’s a Modern IPA you ask? Well, [Great Divide] brewed this beer in response to the shift in taste profile preferences of the modern IPA drinker. It’s slightly hazy (but not a hazy IPA) with abundant hop flavor and aroma of tropical fruit, berry, and melon. This contemporary IPA brings the multifaceted hop profile to the forefront without the expected bitterness and with a lighter body. It’s not “New England” or “hazy” or “west coast” or “English-style”, or “classic”, and it’s definitely not [Titan India Pale Ale]. It’s a modern IPA. Balanced and approachable, Heyday IPA is brewed for the modern Bold Character.”

That covers the new offerings, but there is still plenty to see on the calendar below.  Give it a good look so that you can be properly prepared for the Great Divide awesomeness headed your way in 2018.  Prost!

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Great Divide Brewing Co. Introduces 2018 Edition of Hop Disciples IPA

GDBCHopDiscipleslogoGreat Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, Colorado) recently announced that it is getting a jump on the year ahead by releasing the 2018 installment of Hop Disciples India Pale Ale in mid-December 2017.

First introduced in 2017, Hop Disciples is Great Divide’s Rotating Hop Project series that “takes a bright, clean IPA and puts a different hop variety at the forefront of the sensory experience.”  The 2018 version of Hop Disciples IPA showcases Ekuanot hops, “a newer American varietal that features strong tropical fruit flavor with aromas of citrus and herbs.”  These gorgeous hops have been put against a simple malt bill to “[bring] forth notes of papaya, honeydew melon and tangerines, while a subtle earthy undertone lingers.”  The golden-hued Hop Disciples weighs in at an “approachable” 6.2% ABV.

“Hops embody the romantic side of brewing and symbolize both a brewer’s connection to the soil and the spirit of innovation,” said Brandon Jacobs, brewery manager of Great Divide Brewing Company. “Creating a beer that can highlight a single varietal provides an opportunity to showcase the unique character of that hop and expand our consumers’ taste buds.”

The 2018 Hop Disciples India Pale Ale will officially arrive in mid-December of this year and hang around through April of 2018.  You can expect to find this Tank Farm release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide Brewing’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hop Disciples (2018) from Great Divide Brewing Co.

Release – Tank Farm Series, mid-December 2017 to April 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.2%
Featured Hops – Ekuanot 
Suggested Food Pairings – “Chicken curry with basil and cashews, warm Brie on French bread with balsamic reduction, white chocolate chip cookies”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

 

Great Divide Brewing Co. Introduces Chai Yeti as New Seasonal

Chai-Yeti-bottle-for-pageGreat Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it will be expanding the Yeti Clan in October with the introduction of Chai Yeti.

To create the newest member of the Yeti family, the brewers at Great Divide Brewing decided to take their iconic Imperial Stout back to “the Yeti’s homeland . . . of the Himalayas” and unite this creature of lore with the area’s classic chai spices. Proving to be a perfect union, the “traditional chai spices of cinnamon, green cardamom, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla blend seamlessly with [Chai Yeti’s] rich, roasted malt backbone for a spicy beast fit to tackle Everest.”

“Chai Yeti is a natural fit to the Yeti lineup,” said Brian Dunn, founder of Great Divide Brewing Company. “We thought the chai spices would work well with the chocolate and roasty malt character of Yeti.”

Chai Yeti will officially launch in October and hang around through December of this year.  You can expect to find this Seasonal member of the Yeti Clan available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chai Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal/Yeti Clan, October to December 2017
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 9.5%
Added Ingredients – Chai Spices: Cinnamon, Green Cardamom, Black Pepper, Ginger, Nutmeg & Vanilla
Suggested Food Pairings – “Hearty Sherpa Stew with seasonal vegetables and homemade dumplings; Roasted Butternut Squash & Garlic Naan, Spinach Saag Paneer, Vanilla custard with cinnamon and nutmeg”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

Great Divide Brewing Co. Goes Year-Round with Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale

IMG_8036 (1)Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced the release of Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

Previously released as a Specialty beer under the name Demeter, Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale has returned to now take up permanent residence in Great Divide’s Year-Round portfolio.  This American Sour Ale is a “refreshing lip-puckering brew” that plays with the palate by going back and forth between the sweetness of strawberry and the tartness of rhubarb.  Weighing in at just 6.2% ABV, the ruby-hued Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale is a “bright and effervescent . . . brew that’s perfect for every occasion.”

“Beer drinkers may be familiar with this beer as it was brewed in 2013 under the name Demeter,” said Brian Dunn, founder of Great Divide Brewing Company. “People have been lining up for it at our Anniversary parties and GABF in past years, so we’ve known that it’s a winner. It took some time to figure out how to brew bigger batches of it given the incredible amount of fruit and extra labor required but we’re excited to finally be able to release this beer into our year-round lineup.”

Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can find this new Year-Round brew at craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching late-June 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.2%
Added Ingredients – Strawberry & rhubarb . . . obviously
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/
Suggested Food Pairings – “Fried chicken and biscuits with jalapeno cilantro sauce, Goat cheese drizzled with honey, pink pepper, & thyme, walnut plum tart with mascarpone.”

Great Divide Brewing Co. Reveals 2017 Release Calendar

great-divide-main-logo-rectangle-hrGreat Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, Colorado) provides craft beer fans with a look at the year ahead with the publication of the brewery’s 2017 Release Calendar.

Just as we have done with previous brewery calendars this year, the full 2017 Release Calendar for Great Divide Brewing Co. has been posted below for you to look over at your leisure.  Before we turn you loose, there are a few highlights to go over first:

There are still plenty of treats and surprises left to discover on the 2017 Release Calendar available below.  Give it a gander and get prepared for the awesome year ahead with Great Divide Brewing Co.  Prost!

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Hop Disciples IPA to Debut for Great Divide Brewing Co. in 2017

unnamedIn January of 2017, Great Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, Colorado) plans to introduce Hop Disciples India Pale Ale as the latest release in the brewery’s Tank Farm Series.

Rather than handcuffing themselves to a specific recipe for a seasonally released India Pale Ale, Great Divide Brewing Co. has decided to approach Hop Disciples IPA as more of “a rotating hop project” that provides hop lovers with the freshest and most exciting experience possible with each year’s release.  This goal is achieved by brewing a bright, clean IPA that will feature “a different hop variety at the forefront of the sensory experience every year.”  The 2017 version of Hop Disciples will showcase the Idaho 7 variety, a hop that displays “aromas of orange zest and stone fruit complemented by a hint of black tea leaves in an uncharacteristic element of subtlety.”  Hop Disciples will join Old Ruffian Barley Wine Style Ale, Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison, and Fresh Hop Pale Ale to round out Great Divide’s Tank Farm Series, a lineup of seasonally released, experimental styles that allows “the brewers a chance to play a bit.”

The Hop Disciples IPA project will officially launch in January of 2017.  Once released, you will be able to find this brew available in 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly retailers in Alabama, Florida and anywhere else within the Great Divide distribution footprint that normally sees Hop Farm releases.  If you have been looking for a new IPA to enjoy and/or a new hop to experience, be sure to keep an eye out for this one when it drops early next year.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hop Disciples India Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Hop Farm Series, January 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.2%
Featured Hop – Idaho 7
Availability – 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – http://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

Holiday Gift Idea: Pack of Yetis from Great Divide Brewing Co.

yeti_mug_whitebackgroundLooking for that perfect gift for the craft beer lover in your life?  Well, Great Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, Colorado) just might have you covered with the release of their Pack of Yetis holiday gift pack.

We know it can a bit challenging at times when it comes to holiday shopping for a craft beer fan, but a variety pack sporting a unique drinking vessel and a selection of award-winning brews is a fantastic place to start.  Great Divide Brewing Co. made such a gift a reality when they put together and released the Pack of Yetis.  This gift pack consists of a stainless steel carabiner mug that reads, “Yeti In A Coffee Cup Looks Like Coffee In A Coffee Cup” (pictured to the right), and a random selection of three of the five Yeti Imperial Stout variants listed below (22 oz. bottles):

The Pack of Yetis is available now for the suggested retail price of $24.99 (price may vary by location) and can be found in select markets within the Great Divide distribution footprint.

greatdividebaglassIf your craft beer compadre prefers a more fanciful approach to his/her drinking experience, Great Divide Brewing also has some limited edition, specialty Barrel Aged glasses available (pictured to the left).  The fine glassware makers at Spiegelau teamed up with representatives from Great Divide, Cigar City Brewing, Green Flash Brewing Co. and Uinta Brewing to design a glass that completely enhances the nuances of barrel-aged beers.  You can order these beauties directly from the brewery’s Hop Shop for $10 each plus shipping (click here to do so).  Side note: If you are really fond of the recipient of these glasses, you can also track down a bottle of Barrel-aged Yeti Imperial Stout – a limited release offering available in December and sold separately – to throw in the box.  Do that and you will instantly become their favorite person.  Guaranteed.

We hope these gift ideas have helped you out, and be sure to check back here often because the Mashing In team will be providing tips and suggestions all holiday season long.  Prost!

Great Divide Brewing Co. Releases Fresh Hop Pale Ale in Cans

fresh-hop-medalionGreat Divide Brewing Co. (Denver, Colorado) announced this week that Fresh Hop Pale Ale has officially made its annual return and it is available in 12 oz. cans this time around.

Released as an offering from the brewery’s Tank Farm Series, Fresh Hop Pale Ale is Great Divide Brewing’s annual ode to the hop.  Brewed each fall, this offering is a “labor of love” that features wet, whole cone hops fresh from the hop harvest in the Pacific Northwest.  These wet hops provide the beer an “unparalleled grassy, citrus hop brilliance” that you can only experience during harvest season.

Since Fresh Hop Pale Ale is meant to be kept cold and consumed as fresh as possible, switching its packaging to cans just made sense.  The cans will keep the beer ice cold and help preserve the fragile integrity of the fresh hops until you get around to pouring one up.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale is available now as a limited offering. Look for this one in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout Great Divide Brewing Co.’s full distribution footprint.  This beer is only going to be around for a few weeks, so get it while you can and drink it now.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Seasonal, October release
Style – Pale Ale, Harvest Ale
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 55
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and draft
Beer Finder – http://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/
Food Pairings – “Grilled trout, grilled bratwurst, ginger-garlic sweet potatoes, Epoisses (a rich, washed rind cow’s milk cheese from France).”

 

Great Divide Brewing announces return of Samurai Rice Ale

samuraicanGreat Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) announced this week that Samurai Rice Ale will make its triumphant return to the brewery’s portfolio beginning this month.

Back by popular demand, Great Divide Brewing Company has officially revived the previously retired, fan-favorite Samurai Rice Ale.  The difficult decision to honorably retire Samurai was made back in 2012 to make room for Colette Farmhouse Ale and Nomad Pilsner on the year-round brewing schedule. As the name so aptly implies, Samurai is an ale made with rice to create a “slightly fruity, crisp, refreshing element to this unfiltered ale, creating a light, easy-going beer suitable for the peaceful warrior.”  Not only is the noble Samurai coming out of retirement, but this 5.5% ABV ale is officially back as the brewery’s latest year-round offering.

Samurai Rice Ale is rolling out in cans in Colorado only right now, but this offering is available on draft throughout the brewery’s national distribution.  Six-packs of 12 oz. cans will make it to Alabama, Florida and the rest of Great Divide’s national distribution area by the start of 2017.  Be sure to revisit this beloved classic whenever and wherever you happen upon it.  Prost!

Vital Information on Samurai Rice Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – 12 oz. cans: now in Colorado, the rest of the country to follow at start of 2017. Draft: throughout the brewery’s distribution area now.  
Availability – Year-round
ABV – 5.5%
Words of Warning to the Gluten Intolerant – “Though it is a Rice Ale, it is not Gluten-Free. We still use barley in the recipe.”