Great Divide Brewing Co. Launches Line of Whitewater Craft Hard Seltzers

WhiteWater-Wild-Berry-can-No-background-1Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it will introduce Whitewater, a new lineup of Craft Hard Seltzers, in late March 2020.

Developed by Great Divide’s brewing team “after several taste panels and in-house ingredient mixology” sessions, Whitewater is a series of Hard Seltzers that is “brewed with all-natural ingredients, gluten-free with low carbs and zero sugar.” Aiming to “showcase real yet subtle flavor and be dry while slightly sweet,” Whitewater will launch with the following four flavors packaged in a Variety 12-Pack of 12 oz. cans:

“Whitewater will be crisp, refreshing and taste like real fruit,” explained Great Divide Founder and President, Brian Dunn. “We’re excited to meet the demand for seltzer with a product we’re proud to serve and drink.”

 

“One of the big things for how our seltzer and process stand out is the dedication to making a clean and crisp backbone,” explained Innovation Brewer, Tony Rau. “The timeline to dial in the production side of Whitewater, from fermentation through flavorings, was a meticulous process that our teams deliberated over. With it being such a neutral product like a pilsner, there is nothing to mask any unwanted flavors and no room for error. The end result speaks for itself: an incredibly clean and smooth beverage with potent, natural flavors shining.”

The Whitewater Craft Hard Seltzer Variety 12-pack of 12 oz. cans is rolling out now and 19.2 oz. cans of Whitewater Mango + Ginger will launch near the end of March 2020.  You can expect to find these new Year-Round offerings available at craft beer and hard seltzer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution territory.  Prost!

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Great Divide Brewing Co. & Pablo’s Coffee Collaborate on Coffee Porter

Coffee-Porter_12oz-Can_No-BackgroundGreat Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Coffee Porter, a special collaboration with Pablo’s Coffee, in February 2020.

Surfacing as the latest offering to come out of Great Divide’s Tank Farm Series, Coffee Porter is an American Porter brewed with coffee beans sourced from Mexico and provided by Pablo’s Coffee.  To put a Great Divide spin on the added coffee, these green coffee beans were aged in whiskey barrels that once held the 2019 edition of Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout before being roasted by Pablo’s Coffee and integrated into the Porter.  This “unique, multi-step process” results in a Coffee Porter (6.5% ABV) that is “the perfect pairing of coffee and beer.”

“We’ve utilized Pablo’s beans for our beers and our coffee makers here at Great Divide for years,” said marketing manager, Matt Sandy. “When we contemplated brewing a coffee porter, Pablo’s was the obvious choice and we brainstormed a process to give this particular coffee porter a little extra prestige.”

 

“We chose organically grown Mexican coffee produced by Serranos for its inherent chocolate and caramel sweetness and low moisture content,” explained Pablo’s Head Roaster/Green Buyer, Brian Gerhard. “We tasted the beans as they slowly absorbed the inherent Yeti and whiskey flavors from the barrels, rotating them regularly to ensure that each bean had adequate contact time with the barrel. At the 7-day mark we were ready to roast. We went with a smaller than normal, fast roast to try and maintain the wonderful whiskey and oak aromatics. We couldn’t be happier with the end result of both the coffee and the beer.”

Coffee Porter debuted at Great Divide’s Tap Room locations on January 31 and will enter distribution in February.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution network. A limited amount of the barrel-aged coffee beans featured in Coffee Porter will be available at Pablo’s locations and at select retailers.  Prost!

Vital Information for Coffee Porter from Great Divide Brewing Company & Pablo’s Coffee

Release – Limited/Tank Farm Series; February – April 2020
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.5%
Added Ingredients – Pablo’s coffee that was aged in whiskey barrels that once held Yeti Imperial Stout
Suggested Food Pairings – “Slow-cooked steak pie with peas, mashed potatoes and gravy; roast vegetable salad with Stilton cheese; stroopwafels and fresh berries”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

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Great Divide Brewing Co. Unveils 2020 Release Calendar

Coffee-Porter-LabelA new year means plenty of new beer, and this week we are here to provide you with a look at the 2020 Release Calendar from Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado).

As is the case with most beer release calendars around these parts, we have posted Great Divide’s full 2020 Release Calendar below for you to sift through at your own leisure. With that said, there are a few exciting new releases and changes that we would like to point out real quick.  Let’s get to it:

  • Previously only available as a part of the brewery’s Tank Farm Series of limited releases, Strawberry Rhubarb Sour will be promoted to Year-Round status in April of 2020.
  • Car Camper, a Hazy Pale Ale spotlighting Sabro hops, will also join Great Divide’s Year-Round lineup in April. Car Camper will have availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.
  • The Tank Farm Series will see the addition of Coffee Porter, a special collaboration project with Denver’s Pablo’s Coffee.  Here is how Matt Sandy, Marketing Manager at Great Divide, describes this new brew:
    “I am particularly excited about our collaboration with Pablo’s Coffee.  Though it sounds simple on the surface, this is one of the more multifaceted beers we’ve brewed. Whiskey barrels that once held Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout were filled with green coffee beans and aged to perfection. The beans were then roasted, ground and given back to us to brew this Coffee Porter. We’ll be releasing the beer in February and some of remaining the barrel aged beans will be available at Pablo’s locations.”
  • The Wood Werks Barrel Series will transition to 16 oz. cans this year and the 2020 lineup will include the following three new offerings: Wood Werks Old Fashioned (March), Wood Werks Golden Sour with Fruit (June), and Wood Werks Double Barrel Belgian (September).
  • 2020 will see four variants of the brewery’s beloved Yeti Imperial Stout: Chocolate Cherry Yeti (February – April), S’mores Yeti (May – July), Pumpkin Yeti **NEW** (August – October), and a yet-to-be-named new Yeti variant (November – December).
  • Finally, Great Divide will get into the alcoholic sparkling water game in 2020 with the introduction of Whitewater Hard Seltzer. The brewery will release a variety 12-pack with four flavors in the spring.

“Whitewater will be crisp, refreshing and taste like real fruit,” explained Great Divide founder and president, Brian Dunn. “We’re excited to meet the demand for seltzer with a product we’re proud to serve and drink.”

Those are just a few of the highlights, but there are still quite a few new releases and returning fan-favorites left for you to discover on the calendar below.  Check it out and get ready for another exciting year with Great Divide Brewing Company in 2020. Prost!

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Great Divide Brewing Co. Releases 16 oz. Cans of Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

barrel-aged-yeti-2019_16oz-mockup_no-background_sm.pngGreat Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that the elusive Barrel Aged Yeti Imperial Stout has reappeared for a limited time and this year it is available in 16 oz. cans.

Created as an attempt to tame the beast that is Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Yeti (12.5 % ABV) is a “unique version” of that beloved Imperial Stout that has been “aged for at least 12 months in whiskey barrels.”  This extended period of hibernation in the barrels “produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish.”

Barrel Aged Yeti hit the Great Divide Tap Rooms – Ballpark and Rino – on October 31 and started rolling out into distribution on November 1, 2019. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans – a new packaging format for 2019 – and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Limited; November – December 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.5%
Treatment – Aged for at least 12 months in whiskey barrels
Suggested Food Pairings – “Grilled porterhouse steak, Roaring 40s blue cheese, vanilla cheesecake, brownies”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

Great Divide Brewing Co. Adds Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA to Tank Farm Series

GDHopnautGreat Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA in October 2019.

Developed to take the place of Hop Disciples IPA in Great Divide’s Tank Farm Series, Hopnaut is Juicy Double India Pale Ale “brewed and double dry-hopped with an unearthly amount of Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic and Huell Melon hops.” This hop bill – which amounts to “over a pound and a half of hops per barrel” – lends this DIPA “bold tropical fruit and citrus notes along with hints of berry, stone fruit, pine and bubblegum.”  Coming in at 8% ABV, Hopnaut promises to be an “an extraterrestrial sensory experience.”

“With the success of our Hazy IPA, our brewers have been experimenting with a lot of hop-heavy hazy and juicy IPAs on the pilot system,” explained Bill Bertsch, Sr. Director of Brewery Operations. “Hopnaut will be a hit with New England-style IPA fans but also those who appreciate a well-balanced, filtered IPA.”

Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA is available now and is scheduled to stick around through January 2020.  You can expect to find this new Tank Farm offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Tank Farm Series; October 2019 – January 2020
Style – Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic & Huell Melon
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pheasant and rosemary winter stew; beet and carrot salad with curry dressing and pistachios; Emmental cheese and Marcona almonds; blueberry cream cheese pastries”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

Great Divide Brewing Co. Adds S’mores Yeti & Mexican Chocolate Yeti to Yeti Clan

Mexican-Chocolate-Yeti_BeerImage_3-e1568224864970Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Releases of S’mores Yeti and Mexican Chocolate Yeti in October 2019.

Arriving as the latest variants of Great Divide’s iconic Yeti Imperial Stout, S’more Yeti and Mexican Chocolate Yeti are here to offer Stout lovers a “sumptuous sensory experience” this fall.  To get you further acquainted with these elusive beasts, here are their official descriptions (sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • S’mores Yeti | 9.5% ABV – Reach for S’mores Yeti and find yourself transported to a cozy campfire setting without ever leaving the comfort of your home; though enjoying this decadent treat fireside is definitely encouraged. Enjoy all the tastes of the classic campsite dessert blended with the rich, roasty malt flavor of Yeti Imperial Stout. A beer for telling tales and creating new ones. 
  • Mexican Chocolate Yeti | 9.5% ABV – A very special, and very limited, entry in our venerable Yeti Series, Mexican Chocolate Yeti is a sensory delight. We’ve added a variety of spices, vanilla and coffee to Yeti Imperial Stout to create our version of a traditional champurrado drink. Spiced chocolate drinks have been part of Aztec and Mayan cuisine and culture for centuries, but they have yet to be paired with a Yeti! 

“S’mores was a bit of a no-brainer and a Yeti flavor that would crop up often in our brainstorming sessions. Mexican Chocolate Yeti has been a draft-only taproom favorite since we released it in small batches two years ago. We decided it warranted a wider though still limited release.”

 

– Matt Sandy, Marketing Manager at Great Divide Brewing Company 

S’more Yeti and Mexican Chocolate Yeti will both launch in October with availability in 19.2 oz. cans and on draft.  S’mores Yeti is scheduled to hang around through December 2019 while Mexican Chocolate Yeti will only be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find both of these Limited Releases at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution area.  Prost!

 

 

Great Divide Brewing Company Adds Lager to its Year-Round Lineup

GreatDivideLager2Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it is celebrating summer with the release of its newest Year-Round offering, Great Divide Lager.

Meant to be an “uncomplicated beer fit for any occasion”, Great Divide Lager is an American Lager that features “a blend of noble and new world hops along with German malts and a traditional Lager yeast.” Weighing in at a light 4.2% ABV, Great Divide Lager is a “crisp, refreshing and easy drinking beer that is meant to be enjoyed repeatedly.”

“Great Divide has long been known for its big, bold beers,” explained Bill Bertsch, Sr. Director of Brewery Operations, “but Lager shows the range of our brewing team. They have created a crisp, clean, refreshing beer that has quickly become a favorite around the brewery.”

 

“We’re excited to roll Great Divide Lager out across our entire distribution footprint,” continued Bertsch. “This beer will provide a lighter complement to our already stellar lineup of core, seasonal and Tank Farm beers.”

Great Divide Lager was officially introduced on June 22 at Great Divide’s 25th Anniversary Party and is actively hitting distribution now.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Great Divide Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching late June/early July 2019
Style – American Lager
ABV – 4.2%
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “The can design is simple and harkens back to those easy-drinking lagers generations of beer drinkers have enjoyed over the years.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

Great Divide Brewing Co. Unleashes Chocolate Cherry Yeti

Chocolate Cherry Yeti 22oz bottle shotGreat Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially launched Chocolate Cherry Yeti Imperial Stout as its latest Seasonal Release.

Arriving as the newest member of Great Divide’s Yeti Clan, Chocolate Cherry Yeti employs the same “roasty malt backbone” found in the iconic Yeti Imperial Stout, “[tweaks] the hop bitterness” a bit, and then receives additions of “sweet and sour cherries and cacao.”  Weighing in at a sultry 9.5% ABV, Chocolate Cherry Yeti promises to be “one smooth sipper.”

Chocolate Cherry Yeti is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through May 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chocolate Cherry Yeti from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal/Yeti Clan, February – May 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 9.5%
Added Ingredients – Sweet and sour cherries & cacao
Suggested Food Pairings – “Braised short ribs, caramelized baby carrots, Danish blue cheese, and vanilla cheesecake with sour cherries”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

Great Divide Brewing Co. Provides a Look at its 2019 Release Calendar

GreatDividelogoround.jpgNever one to shy away from beer calendar season, Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has stepped forward this week to reveal a 2019 Release Calendar that boasts seven new beers along with updated packaging and formats.

Just as we typically do with all beer calendar-related posts, we have posted Great Divide Brewing Company’s full 2019 Release Calendar below for you to look over at your leisure.  With that said, we would be remiss if we did not quickly mention a few of the calendar’s highlights.  Let’s go ahead and get those out of the way:

  • Great Divide’s beloved Yeti Series will introduce two new variants in 2019: Chocolate Cherry Yeti (February) and S’more Yeti (October).
  • A limited release, one-off Anniversary Ale will surface in May 2019 to commemorate 25 years of brewing excellence at Great Divide.
  • A yet to be named, limited release Juicy Double IPA is scheduled to debut in October.
  • The Wood Werks Barrel Series will return in 2019 with the following releases: Saison in Red Wine Barrels (February), Belgian Dark Sour (May), and Old Fashioned (August).
  • 2019 will mark the first time that Great Divide produces 19.2 oz. cans. This format will launch with Denver Pale Ale and Heyday Modern IPA (pictured above).
  • In an effort to “move away from plastic rings”, the brewery’s Year-Round and Seasonal lineup will transition to 6-pack cardboard cartons.
  • Other format changes will include Strawberry Rhubarb Sour transitioning from 22 oz. bottles to 6-packs of 12 oz. cans in May and Hazy IPA will mark the debut of 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.

That’s all we have for you this time around, but there is still a good amount of info just waiting for you on the calendar below.  Be sure to give it a gander that way you are fully prepared for everything Great Divide Brewing Company has in store for you in 2019.  Prost!

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Great Divide Brewing Celebrates the Hop Harvest with Return of Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Fresh Hop_2016_Front_HRGreat Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has announced that its Colorado-centric Fresh Hop Pale Ale has returned for a Seasonal run spanning from September to November 2018.

Back to claim its spot in Great Divide’s Tank Farm series, Fresh Hop is an American Pale Ale built from a recipe featuring all Colorado ingredients – “whole cone Cascade hops from Colorado’s own High Wire Hop Farm, . . . malt locally sourced from Proximity Malt in Monte Vista, and yeast from the Brewing Science Institute near Colorado Springs.” These locally produced goodies supply Fresh Hop Pale Ale (6.1% ABV) with a “grassy, citrus hop brilliance” that is “meant to be enjoyed immediately.”

Fresh Hop Pale Ale is releasing this month and has plans to stick around through November.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal/Tank Farm Series, September – November 2018
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 6.1%
Featured Hops – Whole cone Cascade hops from High Wire Hops
Suggested Food Pairings – “Grilled trout, grilled bratwurst, ginger-garlic sweet potatoes, Epoisses (a rich, washed rind cow’s milk cheese from France).”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/