Last Saturday, July 8, was Great Divide’s annual summer party. Typically held in June to celebrate their anniversary, Great Divide changed things up this year with something new and different. Instead of an anniversary bash, the celebration was a July summer block party at the newly created Square on 21st Street, an urban green space on 21st Street between Larimer & Lawrence, just a couple blocks from the downtown brewery.
It was a hot, sunny day, and guests were greeted at the entrance with an ice cold can of Denver Pale Ale to quench their thirst. But just about about an hour in, a quick rain shower really cooled things off for the remainder of the afternoon, which made for perfect weather for an outdoor party.
It was a very casual, relaxed event, and attendees were even allowed to come and go as they pleased. General admission ticket holders had access to several year-round beers like Titan, Colette, DPA, Samurai, and Roadie Grapefruit Radler (such an excellent summer beer!). And a few of my favorites: Hercules, Yeti, and Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.
A limited number of VIP tickets were offered, which included the perk of additional VIP-only beers such as Laws Whiskey Barrel Aged Yeti, Hazy IPA, The Smoothness, All the Buzz Words (Weldworks collaboration), Barrel Aged Imperial Red with Cherries, Hades Belgian Golden Strong Ale and more, as well as a few different firkin tappings. There were two beers in particular that I found myself going back for again and again: Local Knowledge Raspberry Sour and Red Wine Barrel Aged Yeti. The Raspberry Sour was just released a couple weeks before this event, and I got my first taste there. I found it to be even more tart than the Strawberry Rhubarb, which I loved!
While the beer was the main attraction, many games of corn hole were played, food trucks were on-site, and three different bands entertained partygoers throughout the afternoon.
I really enjoyed this year’s party. While well-attended, overcrowding was not an issue. There was plenty of room for everyone to move about, stand around, and sit. And I never had to wait more than 2 minutes or so for a beer. Many thanks to Great Divide for yet another awesome event!