Monday, January 11, 2010

Great Divide Brew News

Happy New Year!

We want to thank all our fans once again for helping make 2009 such a great year for us; in addition to releasing almost a dozen new seasonal beers and increasing our production capacity by 50 percent, we increased our volume of beer sold by 34 percent last year, so thanks to all of you!

As great as last year was, we're planning on making 2010 even better. We're starting by bringing two of our favorite new seasonals from last year, Claymore Scotch Ale and Hoss Rye Lager (which won a bronze medal at last year's Great American Beer Festival just barely after its first release!) into our year-round lineup of six-pack beers. And we also loved last year's new Saison so much that we decided to give it a proper name, Colette, and put it in Claymore's place as our winter/spring seasonal six-pack. Stay tuned for more info on these beers, but look for each of them to hit shelves in mid-Febuary.

We're also pleased to announce that we'll release this year's batch of Barrel-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout on January 15th. In case you've forgotten, this special release of Yeti has been aged in Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey barrels for nine months and then bottle-conditioned, giving it a substantial whiskey character as well as deep notes of oak, chocolate and dark fruit. This very limited release will be available in 750-milliliter bottles at the Tap Room and select retailers for a short time only, so make sure you dust off your snowshoes, because this particular Yeti is definitely worth the hunt.

Speaking of Yeti, we're proud to announce that the newest member of the Yeti clan, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, was just named one of the 15 best new American beers of 2009 by Modern Brewery Age; read more and check out the other winners here.

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