Great Divide Brewing Company - Bee Sting Honey Ale
- ABV: 5.4%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 18
- Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
At the time, there were four brewpubs in Denver, but no microbreweries. Brian decided that opening Denver's first microbrewery might be the perfect way to turn his homebrews into craft-brewed reality. He began by conducting a marketing study, calling local bars, restaurants, and liquor stores. Next came the financial projections, business plan and the quest for funding. The only piece that was missing was where to house the brewery and that fell into place when he found a vacant building that housed a dairy in the 1930s, located just four blocks from Coors Field (home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team). With everything in place, Dunn could get down to doing to what he does best.
On May 30, 1994, the Great Divide Brewing was officially up and running and Brian and his wife, Tara, brewed their first batch of Arapahoe Amber. The hours were long for Brian and Tara back in those days, but now, with 10 full-time employees, things are a little easier.
In addition to growing their staff, Brian and Tara have increased their production. Over the years the brewery has grown from 900 barrels per year to a capacity of 12,000. The quick growth was no doubt helped by the fact that Great Divide has won so many awards; since 1994 they have won 5 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and three medals at the World Beer Cup. This brewery is one of the few that we've ever featured more than once in the 8 years we've operated the club and there's a reason for it - They Make Great Beer! Enjoy!
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (303) 296-9460 or check out their web site at www.greatdivide.com.
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