This Saturday, Great Divide Brewing is releasing the third of its Local Knowledge series, Raspberry Sour (5.6% ABV). This beer is a kettle sour brewed with over 200 pounds of raspberry puree. This limited batch brew will be exclusively available on draft and in 6-packs at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 24th. Get it while it lasts!
***Local Knowledge is Great Divide’s hyper-limited, hyper-local pilot series. These single-batch, pilot brews are designed to give you something new to take home each time you visit. Drink, discover, and share your #localknowledge.***
When: Saturday, July 8, 2-6 pm
Where: Square on 21st Street (2062 Larimer Street , Denver)
What: Much like Great Divide parties of the past, this event will be a block party in downtown Denver! However, instead of being held on Great Divide’s block, it will be nearby at the newly created Square on 21st Street.
“Great Divide is getting back to its roots with a summer block party at the Square on 21st Street, a newly created urban green space on 21st Street between Larimer & Lawrence streets. The event will be a relaxed affair with music, lawn games and plenty of delicious beer in a unique outdoor venue. Think of it as a sort of “not an Anniversary-party party.” Wait, that didn’t help, did it?
Because we know there is a lot going on in this great city of ours, we’ve taken the stress out of committing to a day-long event by offering different tiers of participation. The capacity at this venue is limited so if you’re committed to your relationship with Great Divide, we encourage you to get your tickets in advance.”
Here’s the breakdown:
Tier 1: Put A Ring On It – $40
For our Yeti Mafia-worthy fans who have no problem committing to a great time, $40 will get you unlimited 4 oz. pours of rare, specialty and core beers along with a commemorative glass, Great Divide limited edition Hop Disciples pin and VIP status for fast-tracked beer service. You will also have access to exclusive, limited beer tastings not available to other attendees.
Tier 2: Going Steady – $10
Not ready to pop the question? Since space at The Square is limited, this $10 ticket ensures that we will save room for you to join us, and it gets you a free Denver Pale Ale upon entrance, just to remind you what a good thing you’ve got.
Tier 3: Don’t Tie Me Down – $5 at the door
For those simply looking for a casual hang, $5 will get you in the door along with one free Denver Pale Ale. Please note there is no guarantee of entry day-of. Giving you the option to keep it casual means we don’t know how many people to expect to show up. If you can’t commit to us we can’t commit to you. You understand, right? If you want to reserve your space at the party, just wear our varsity jacket already and get that “Going Steady” ticket. Don’t make us play hard to get.
Once inside, beer tokens will be available for purchase, unless you committed to the $40 unlimited tasting experience ticket.
2:30pm: Ned Garthe Explosion
3:30pm: Kitty Crimes
4:30pm: The Still Tide
Beer Lineup: (subject to change)
Beers available for purchase with general admission ticket: Titan, Colette, Denver Pale Ale, Hercules, Yeti, Strawberry Rhubarb Sour, Samurai (note: these are also available to VIPs in sample size or full pours).
Beers available only to VIP in tasting sizes: IPA w/ Black Tea, BA Imperial Red, Laws BA Yeti, Breckenridge BA Yeti, All the Buzz Words (Weldworks collaboration), Hazy IPA, The Smoothness, Hades, Local Knowledge #3 Raspberry Sour, along with some other pilot brews and firkins.
Great Divide is teaming with Ballpark Neighborhood Association and Levitt Pavilion Denver to make this event happen and proceeds will go to benefit Levitt Pavilion Denver. This event is 21+.
If barleywine is not your breakfast bevie of choice, we’ll have a few of our other aged big beers on tap for the tasting.
Roll out of bed, put your sunglasses on, and get here while the burritos last!
On Saturday, June 11, Great Divide celebrated its 22nd anniversary with an awesome event at the brewery. I’ve been to several Great Divide anniversaries over the years, both at the original Ballpark brewery as well as the new RiNo location. But I have to say this year’s party was the best yet.
Note: please forgive my less than stellar quality photos. I forgot my camera and had to resort to using my phone, which doesn’t produce the best pics. Thanks!
Anyone who has been to an event at the RiNo location in the summer knows there are no trees to provide shade on hot days. So I was thrilled with the options they provided to help beat the heat. For one, they decided to open up a portion of the brewery and had some of the pouring stations inside. They also put up a couple of big tents outside to provide some respite from the sun on that 95 degree afternoon. And finally: beer floats!
There were so many special beers at the party that I don’t even know where to begin. My personal favorite of the day was the Yeti with with Cinnamon, Mexican Cocoa Powder, Chai Spice and Colombian Coffee (which was one of the 4 firkins that were tapped on the hour). I already love Yeti in any form, but this one was phenomenal.
The 22nd Anniversary Dark American Sour was great (as was last year’s sour, which also made an appearance at the event). And both the Barrel Aged Old Ruffian and Port Barrel Aged Old Ruffian were are the top of my list as well.
Great Divide continues to brew creative, innovative beers in addition to the tried & true core beers that have been a staple of beer drinkers for the last 20+ years. And they know how to throw one fantastic party! Congratulations on 22 years, Great Divide!
As a beer lover, I know there is always something on tap for me at Thirsty Lion. Its 52 taps has something for every beer drinker: ambers, IPAs, lagers, saisons, stouts and more. And while I typically stick with the same few beers when I stop in, I am always excited to see what’s new when the seasonal fresh sheet makes its appearance. The Fall Fresh Sheet came out, I knew it was time for another visit.
I wanted to try the new Shishito Peppers, but I can’t seem to visit Thirsty Lion without getting the pretzel with beer cheese fondue (which is on the regular menu). So I decided to start with both!
I’m never sure how hot shishito peppers might be, so I usually pair them with a stout, as a dark beer helps tame the heat. And the hint of smokiness complements the peppers’ blistered skin. Great Divide’s Yeti Imperial Stout was just the beer for this dish. Note: these peppers were very approachable; they were not too spicy, which allowed me to really enjoy the flavor.
The decision about which beer to have with the pretzel was an easy one. What goes better with a soft pretzel than a traditional German lager? So I selected Prost Brewing’s Märzen, one of the fall seasonals.
For the main course I ordered a Margherita Pizza (off Thirsty Lion’s regular menu) and a Breckenridge Autumn Ale (seasonal). The slightly sweet flavor of the ale went well with the pizza, and the mouthfeel of this full-bodied beer accentuated the chewiness of the crust and cheese.
After my meal I was ready for something sweet. I was in the mood for chocolate, but I absolutely had to try the new Caramel Apple Cheesecake. So I developed a plan: pair the cheesecake with a Shake Chocolate Porter! And it was perfect! The creaminess of the beer and the cake were a winning combination.
Since I am vegetarian there are many more fall dishes available that I wasn’t able to try. Here are some of the other items on the seasonal fresh sheet (which runs through early December):
Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops, Pomegranate, Spinach & Pancetta Salad, Fennel Sausage & Sundried Tomato Pizza, and Black Berry BBQ Pork Tenderloin.
Seasonal beers on tap are Woodchuck Fall Apple Cider, Breckenridge Autumn Ale, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Prost Märzen, Lefthand Oktoberfest and Leinenkugel Harvest Patch Shandy. And new cocktail items include a Pear Martini and Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned.
Don’t miss these fall drinks and dishes; they are available now through early December.
The Big Eat 2015 was held at The Galleria at The Denver Performing Arts Complex on Thursday, July 23rd. It was my first time attending, so I was excited to see what it was all about. With unlimited food, local beer and cocktails, it sounded like my kind of event.
I really enjoy good food, but I consider myself a grazer–I prefer more frequent, smaller portions rather than a large amount at once. So having access to several little bites sounded perfect for me. However, I’m also vegetarian, which can often be tricky when it comes to culinary events. But I decided to go for it and see what I could find.
While there were many things I wasn’t able to try, there were plenty of vegetarian options available. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. But my overall favorite was the beer cheese spread from New World Cheese. So delicious!
I thought the venue was perfect for the occasion. With restaurants located both outside and inside, there was lots of room for attendees to walk around without being too crowded. There were also places to sit and several tables scattered about the event.
I was in the mood for beer and was happy to see Great Divide, Oskar Blues and Crazy Mountain. But there were also many great cocktails available as well. I appreciated that there was something for everyone.
The Big Eat was a fun, leisurely evening of sampling excellent local restaurants, beer and spirits!
EDGE Restaurant & Bar recently teamed up with Great Divide Brewing Company to create Brewery Brunch, an ongoing event every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at EDGE. Brewery Brunch features a rotating selection of bottomless Great Divide beers. Last weekend the select drafts were Rumble IPA, Colette Farmhouse Ale and Nomad Pilsner. Guests can stick with the same beer, or try them all. And to sweeten the deal, you get to keep the pint glass! Additionally, bottomless mimosas, bloody marys and marias are also offered.
I had never been to EDGE before, as it’s well known for its steaks, and as a vegetarian I wasn’t sure there would be much I could eat. But being a big fan of Great Divide, of course I had to check out this new brunch. I was pleased to find an egg white scramble with veggies and goat cheese, and I thought a Rumble Oak Aged IPA would pair well with it. It certainly did; the combination of oak flavor and goat cheese complemented each other nicely.
My guest chose the lemon ricotta pancakes and a Colette (which I had to try myself), and that was another winning combination. The farmhouse ale really brought out the lemony characteristics of the pancakes. So needless to say, there are definitely vegetarian options. The menu is comprised of sections titled “Be Friendly,” and consists of shared appetizers, “Be Good,” which includes the two entrees we had, plus salads and seafood dishes, and “Be Bad,” with items such as biscuits & gravy, burgers, and chicken & waffles. EDGE likes to keep things local. In addition to partnering with a Denver brewery, the restaurant uses local ingredients whenever possible, such as Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese and Tender Belly Bacon. Those who like brunch and beer will enjoy Brewery Brunch. On Sundays, Great Divide has reps on hand to talk to guests about the company, the beers, and more. Stop in soon for a fun, delicious brunch!