Despite what the thermometer reports it’s not Fall. Nope, not even close. But this isn’t going to stop Colorado’s Great Divide from releasing some beers that'll warm you up, 3 months from now. And this isn’t your usual singular release notice. Nope, this is a trois, to coin the French term. Although admitting we are excited for this batch of seasonal releases would be understating things.
Returning from previous year’s Brewer Brian Dunn is re-releasing Rumble Oak-aged India Pale Ale & Wolfgang German-style Doppelbock. And rounding out this awesome threesome is the newly bottled Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout.
Look for all three of these beers to be featured in six packs (Rumble), 22 ounce ‘bombers’ (Wolfgang & Oatmeal Yeti), or limited availability five or 15 gallon kegs, coming early July 2013.
About Rumble oak-aged India Pale Ale
Brewed with heavy-handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, Rumble is gently aged on French and American oak chips, resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, and vanilla, with undertones of pine and citrus. At 7.2% ABV, Rumble is available in 6-packs and 5 and 15-gallon kegs through September.
About Wolfgang Doppelbock
Wolfgang’s heavenly notes of caramel, dark fruit and toffee are balanced by a subtle hop character. While the style’s revered history evokes an appreciation of austerity and sacrifice, this Doppelbock is a rich luxury – no repentance required. At 8% ABV, Wolfgang is available in 22oz bottles and 5-gallon kegs.
About Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout
With the unveiling of Oatmeal Yeti Imperial Stout, Great Divide’s storied Yeti family gains an admirable new member. Much like its legendary predecessors, this Yeti is big, bold and dark. The addition of rolled oats softens Yeti’s notoriously roasty backbone, while a small amount of raisins added in the brew kettle creates a unique, complementary dark fruit character. Just as admired as those that came before it, Oatmeal yeti Imperial Stout is a gentle beast. At 9.5% ABV, it will be available in 22oz bottles and 5-gallon kegs.
About Great Divide Brewing Co.
During the late 80s, Brian Dunn spent 5 years overseas building farms in developing countries. Having grown up in a family that appreciated good food and drink, Dunn expanded his knowledge and passion for beer during his travels. Dunn eventually returned to Colorado, started homebrewing and went to graduate school. Upon graduation in 1993, when Denver’s craft beer scene barely existed, he set out to found what would eventually become one of America’s most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.
Beginning with a marketing study and a business plan, Dunn saw an opportunity in Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood to brew uniquely balanced, flavorful beers. With financial help from family, friends and a loan from the City of Denver, his dream of brewing commercially became reality in 1994.
The brewery started small and in the beginning Dunn was the only full-time employee…brewing, bottling and selling to accounts all in the same day. As the brewery grew, the beer spoke for itself. Dunn’s beers were balanced, flavorful and representative of a lifestyle that is uniquely Colorado. While Great Divide’s ethos may be globally-inspired, our beers are distinctly Denver.
Since 1994 we’ve brewed all sorts of exciting beer styles, added lots of brewing capacity and we’ve assembled a great staff. In 2001, we bought our building – which used to be an old dairy processing plant – and set out for over a decade of exponential growth.
Thanks to our 45 hardworking, creative and passionate employees, Great Divide has grown into what it is today: winner of 17 Great American Beer Festival medals, recipient of 5 World Beer Cup awards, 12th in Ratebeer.com’s 2013 “Best Brewers in the World,” Ratebeer.com’s 2013 Top Brewer in Colorado, and 7th in Beer Advocate’s 2010 “All-Time Top Brewers.”