Great Divide Brewing Company - Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide Brewing Company - Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

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Country:

United States

Alcohol by Volume:

5.6%

Great Divide Brewing Company - Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.6%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 40
  • Serving Temperature: 38-43° F
discover our four clubsThe Great Divide Denver Pale Ale is the best selling and most award-winning beer in their line, taking 3 medals at the Great American Beer festival over the years. It was also the winner of the Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in the English-Style Pale Ale category last year! It's a classic English-style Pale Ale and our panel found it very well balanced, offering a moderate-to-full bitterness and a definite emphasis on hop flavor and aroma. Immediately note a big floral hop nose, a result of dry hopping. You'll find this light copper-colored; medium-bodied filtered ale has great head retention. The flavor offers a pleasant pale maltiness up front and a big floral/spicy hop flavor in the body. Overall, it's a classic representation of a style with a broad interpretation.
The Great Divide Brewing Company is a highly accoladed micro located in downtown Denver, Colorado. The brewery was founded in 1993 by avid homebrewer Brian Dunn. After completing his Master's degree in Environmental Policy and being discouraged by a job search, Dunn decided to create his own job and fill a niche in the Denver beer market. At the time, there were just four brewpubs in Denver, a small number relative to today's count, and not one microbrewery. Dunn decided that opening Denver's first microbrewery might be the perfect way to turn his passion for homebrewing into something more than just a hobby appreciated by his family and friends.

Dunn went out and conducted a marketing study by calling bars, restaurants and liquor stores in Denver. Then he did financial projections, which were positive, and put together a business plan. With his business plan in hand he was able to raise money from a group of investors, and soon only one piece was missing: a place to house the brewery. That piece 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, founders Brian and his wife Tara brewed the first batch of Arapahoe Amber and Great Divide Brewing was officially up and running. 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, including a Gold Medal for their Denver Pale Ale at the Great American Beer Festival this year. You'll note that we were unable to provide you with information regarding the malts & hops used for Great Divide's beers as Brian and Tara like to keep that stuff close to the vest, but you might have better luck if you called them yourself! This brewery is one of the few that we've ever featured more than once in the 7 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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