Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Great Divide posts April highlights

April showers bring May flowers…but hops don’t bud ‘til autumn. Here’s what’s happening this month at Great Divide.

Tap Room

Great Divide will be tapping some traditional cask ales this month on the 16th and 30th. You can inquire in the Tap Room for details.

The Hop Disciples meeting for April is on the 23rd, and Great Divide will offer some Stranahan’s barrel-aged concoctions as well as other special beers-in-progress. Time: 6:00 pm Place: Great Divide Brewing Company Brew House…where the magic happens.

This month’s beer and cheese pairing is on for the 28th from 5-8 pm, and will feature ales from Great Divide Brewing Company paired with artisan cheeses from St. Killian’s Cheese Shop in the Highlands. RSVP to

Colorado Rockies Opening Day: April 10th
Rockies Real Ale: On tap
Tap Room Open: At noon

Seasonal Release Party!
Saison and Dunkel Weiss
Friday April 17th 6-8pm
$15 gets you in the door with unlimited access to beer and snacks.

Great Divide Brewing Company
2nd Annual Big Beer Homebrew Competition
Great Divide Brewing Company of Denver, Colorado is hosting its Second
Annual Big Beer Homebrew Competition. Great Divide employees will be
judging the entries based on appearance, body, aroma, taste, and overall
drinkability. Official awards ceremony will take place on Friday, June 5th,
2009 at 6:00 pm in the Great Divide Tap Room.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. The brewers of
all three winning beers will receive an official certificate of merit as
well as their choice of any one case of Great Divide beer. First and second
place brewers will be awarded a fifty-dollar gift certificate
redeemable in the Great Divide taproom for merchandise or beer. The brewer
of the first place entry will also be given the opportunity to assist in the
brewing of one 50-barrel batch of Great Divide beer.

Official Rules and Regulations:
- Entries must be delivered in person to Great Divide Brewing Company.
- Entries must be at least 8% alcohol by volume.
- Entries must be in 12- or 22-oz. bottles with hand-written
labels attached by rubber band or tape.
- Information on labels must include brewer’s name, beer style, and percent
alcohol by volume.
- Four full 12-oz. or two 22-oz. bottles are required for judging.
- There are no style limitations.
- Original recipes only.
- Recipes may be extract, partial mash, or all grain.
- Beer cannot be brewed using any commercial brewing equipment, or in any
facility in which beer is commercially brewed.
- Brewers must be at least 21 years of age.
- Entries are limited to one per person.
- Each entry may have only one official brewer.
- Entries must be received between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm Monday through
Saturday, from Monday, May 4th, 2009 to Saturday, May 30th, 2009.

Brewery News

According to the Brewers Association, the craft beer industry grew more than any other sector of American beer last year, with an impressive 5.8% increase in volume and a 10.5% increase in dollars in 2008. These new statistics weigh in heavily to give craft beer a sales share of 4% by volume and 6.3% by dollars for last year. Thanks to everyone for drinking great beer.

Brew Ninja Allen Johnson, acting on his completely irrational belief that coniferous trees and fermented malt beverages go hand in hand, tried to sneak a handful of juniper berries into a batch of Denver Pale Ale. His efforts were thwarted by fellow brewer Taylor Rees, who smelled the berries and immediately knew what Allen was up to. Meanwhile, Beer Traffic Controller Ryan Rafferty held a Tootsie Roll eating contest without telling anyone. Immediately following aforementioned contest, Ryan crowned himself Tootsie Roll Eating Champion of the World 2009.

Related articles:
- Great Divide Hades Ale review.
- Great Divide St. Bridgets Porter review.
- Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout review.
- Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout review.

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