Located close enough to Coors Field to hear the fans cheering, the Great Divide Brewing Company was established in Denver in1993 by Brian and Tara Dunn. It brought to reality their dream to craft great beers in the Mile High City.
Brian, originally from Vermont, is a Colorado State University graduate and holds a Master's degree from the University of Denver. Upon graduation, he wrote a business plan and started up his brewery. His interest in brewing stemmed from his home brewing experience. Great Divide's prize-winning recipes have been created by Brian, along with other brewery employees.
Great Divide’s award-winning beers are now popular in bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout Colorado. The brewery handcrafts over 80,000 cases of fresh beer each year and claims more national and international awards than any other Denver brewery.
Pale is the company's best seller, according to Dunn. He said several of the
brewery's new beers- Hercules IPA, Yeti Imperial Stout and Titan IPA are generating
a lot of interest.
According to Brian Dunn, the brewery’s determination to focus on high quality brewing has resulted in the company’s being awarded six medals at the Great American Beer Festival and four medals at the World Beer Cup.
A Guide to Great Divide Beers
Yeti Imperial Stout
is brewed with seven different malts, it opens up with big, roasty malt flavor and then gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. Yeti Imperial Stout gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops.
Titan India Pale Ale
Titan IPA is a big, aggressively hopped India Pale Ale – starting out with piney hop aromas and citrus hop flavors and finishing with a rich, malty sweetness that is balanced with crisp hop bitterness.
Hercules Double IPA
Double IPAs are hoppier, maltier and have more alcohol compared to their little siblings, standard IPAs. Hercules Double IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods. Hercules Double IPA delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish. Its hefty backbone of nutty, malt character balances its assertive hop profile.
is the wheat beer lover’s dream. Unfiltered and easy-drinking, this cloudy, golden-hued beer is brimming with the refreshing character of malted wheat. Brewed with an American wheat yeast and American malted wheat and barley, this effervescent masterpiece is graced with a delicate citrus character.
is packed with surprises. From first glance, its crystal-clear flaxen color gives it the appearance of a crisp golden ale. That it is, but its complex, slight citrus aroma gives off the first clue as to Bee Sting’s true character. Great Divide’s brewers’ addition of Rocky Mountain orange-blossom honey in the brewkettle gives Bee Sting a subtle hint of honey flavor that highlights its golden ale base. Bee Sting is surprisingly robust in mouthfeel, complemented with a subdued citrus note and a crisp, clean finish.
Denver Pale Ale
is a world-renowned beer, continually garnering national and international accolades, more than any other beer of its kind. And for good reason – DPA is a classic pale ale, with a brilliant copper color and an assertive floral hop aroma. Its smooth, malty middle is strategically complemented with hearty hop flavor. Its extraordinary finish packs crisp but moderate hop bitterness.
is a copper-hued treat from start to finish, beginning with its distinctive, malty nose. The aroma is followed by a nutty, complex Scottish-style malt flavor that gives Arapahoe unparalleled character and dimension. Its silky, full body is rounded out with just a touch of hops, keeping in tune with Arapahoe’s subtle but engrossing character.
St. Brigid is the legendary Irish saint credited with turning her bathwater into beer.
St. Brigid’s Porter
is a robust porter that is finely balanced, resulting in an elegant, smooth chocolatey-black ale. Its flavor is brimming with coffee and chocolate characteristics from dark barley malts. Carefully hopped to provide the perfect foil to its malty robustness.
Wild Raspberry Ale
is a thirst-quenching beer fermented with hundreds of pounds of real red and black raspberries. It provides an effervescent, ruby red ale that achieves a delicate balance of malt and fruit flavors.
is Colorado’s original strong ale. Each July, the brewery carefully crafts the flavor-packed batches of Hibernation that then cellar until November, when it is at the peak of perfection. Revered for its malty richness, assertive hops and warming character, Hibernation’s full flavor profile is perfect right out of the bottle or cellared for longer periods of time. It is a hearty treat that helps you beat the winter chill. It is available each year from November 1 to December 15, just in time for holiday festivities.