September's shaping up to be a big month for us here at Great Divide. Just ten days ago, we squeezed two new 100-barrel fermenters into our fermentation room, which upped our production capacity by 15 percent; this means at least 15 percent more work for our brewers, but they're gluttons for punishment anyway.
And speaking of which: As you read this, our brewers are in the midst of creating the brewery's biggest annual spectacle: pouring thousands of pounds of fresh (as in just harvested a few days ago) whole-cone hops into our kettle (and then shoveling them all back out again) to make Fresh Hop Pale Ale. The process makes our brewhouse almost shamefully messy, and we all tend to get a bit weak-kneed and dizzy at the sight and smell of so many beautiful hops, but in the end we get one of our favorite fall treats - a celebration of the harvest as heady as a Thanksgiving feast, only in a bottle. Look for Fresh Hop to hit shelves October 1.
Also due to hit the shelves in just a few short weeks will be our other favorite fall treat, Hibernation Ale. The first few batches have been sitting in our fermenters for nearly two months now, and they're tantalizingly close to being ready for you. And speaking of Hibernation...
...September will see the release of our newest batch of Stranahan's Whiskey-barrel-aged beers, which this year will include a barrel-aged Hibernation in addition to barrel-aged renditions of Yeti Imperial Stout and Old Ruffian Barley Wine. These beers have sat in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels for nine months, and they've each taken on heady notes of whiskey mellowed out by the round vanilla characteristics of oak. These bottle-conditioned wonders are sipping beers of the highest order; we, of course, suggest that you try all three.
And we haven't even mentioned GABF yet! From September 24-26, the Great American Beer Festival, the biggest beer festival in the country, will descend upon the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, not even a mile away from Great Divide. The brewery always ends up being a big part of the action, and this year should be no different; we're extending the Tap Room's hours (see below for details) and we'll have some special one-time-only releases available, including a top-secret whiskey-barrel-aged project or two. Be sure to stop by that week, and make sure you check out the event itself, which will feature thousands of fantastic beers from hundreds of talented breweries all over the country in a celebration of the wonder that is the American brewing industry. Buy tickets now - they're selling out quick - at www.beertown.org.
And last but not least, we want to take a moment to bid a fond adieu to Brew Ninja Allen Johnson, who will be leaving us this month after three years of dedicated service, highly professional-looking satirical company newsletters, questionable wardrobe choices, and fantastic midboil dance moves. A.J., you will be sorely missed.
Drink Beer Here (Tap Room news and events)
September 18 -Free Sample Friday in honor of the kickoff of the Denver Beer Fest, which runs September 18-27. Enjoy up to 8 free samples of Hercules. And Titan. And Hoss. And Yeti. And everything else. 'Nuff said. September 24-27 - Great American Beer Festival weekend! In celebration of the country's biggest beer festival, the Tap Room will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each of these days (yes, even Sunday!), with special beers on tap and tours throughout the day. Great Divide is due to be a festival of its own all weekend, so make sure to drop by and check it out. September 29 - Our monthly beer and cheese pairing, 5-8 p.m. As always, $10 gets you five Great Divide beers paired with five fantastic artisan cheeses. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drink Beer Somewhere Else (other cool places to drink Great Divide this month)
Denver Beer Fest September 18th-27th . A celebration of all things beer, including beer tastings at local Denver restaurants, beer-paired dinners, "meet the brewer" nights, beer tappings, Denver brewery tours and a variety of entertaining beer events throughout the Mile High City. Here’s a brief list of what’s happening, please check our website under events for more details.
Thursday September 17th-Great Divide Night at City O City
Saturday September 19th-RooBar Anniversary Party
Sunday September 20th-Vesta Dipping Grill Beer Dinner
Monday September 21st-Watercourse tasting, Appaloosa Beer Dinner (see details below)
Tuesday September 22nd-Tag Happy Hour, Osteria Marco Beer Dinner (see details below)
Appaloosa Grill/Great Divide Beer Dinner September 21st, 6:30pm
Appaloosa Grill and Great Divide have paired up for Denver Beer Week to celebrate local food and local beer for - who else? - the locals. This very special evening will begin at Appaloosa, where you'll be treated to a three-course meal paired with Great Divide beers. Then you'll be taken to Great Divide for a dessert course, also paired with beer, followed by a brewery tour. Finally, you'll be taken back to Appaloosa to enjoy live music and whatever else your heart might desire (as long as it's related to beer or food). Space is very limited for this one-of-a-kind event - only thirty slots are available - so reserve your spot ASAP by contacting Mindy Lorens at email@example.com.
Great Divide Beer Dinner with Osteria Marco. Tuesday, September 22nd
Reception at 6:30pm. Dinner at 7pm. $40 per person. 20 Reservations available. Call 303-534-5855 to reserve your spot. 4 courses featuring the following Great Divide brews:
Denver Pale Ale
St. Bridget's Porter
Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti