Monday, March 24, 2014

Check out Great Divide's Gangster Spring Lineup!

Their New 20th Anniversary Beer, Rumble Oak IPA, and Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti are coming in April! 

Whaddup Craft Beer Sippers!
One of the best things I love about spring is how the new brews that hit the shelves. One of my favorite breweries, Great Divide straight out of Denver, has just sent me word about their gangster lineup coming this April. I can’t wait to try the first batch of their 20th Anniversary Ale—a Belgian-style Ale fermented with Viognier grape juice—celebrating two decades of excellence, the mouthwatering Rumble Oak Aged IPA, and one that will always have a place in my heart, the Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout which went gold in 2013 at the Great American Beer Festival. Did I get your attention? Well here are the breakdowns of each brew direct from Denver’s headquarters. Look for these at another one of my crazy bottle shares soon!

The Great Divide 20th Anniversary Ale
“To celebrate the brewery’s 20th anniversary milestone, Great Divide approached its annual anniversary ale from an entirely new perspective. A Belgian-style Ale fermented with Viognier grape juice (a French white wine variety of grape known for its fruity, floral aromatics and crisp finish), 20thAnniversary is a golden example of the brewery’s traditional bold character, but with a little something special to commemorate the occasion. Big without being brutish, cunning without being cloying, this is a grown-up beer for a big-time celebration.”

Rumble Oak Aged IPA
“Rumble Oak Aged IPA makes a big shift this year and will land on shelves in a brand new season. Available April through June, instead of its previous third quarter release, Rumble is set to match up perfectly with the cooler spring weather. An American IPA brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, Rumble is gently aged on French and American oak, resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine & citrus. At 7.1% ABV, Rumble is available in 6-packs and draft. This inspiring beer boasts an impressive RateBeer.com score of 96.”

Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
“This April also marks the most triumphant seasonal return of Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti in the beer’s rich history. Fresh off its 2013 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal in the highly competitive chocolate beer category, Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti is one of the most revered incarnations of Great Divide’s legendary Yeti Imperial Stout. A slightly toned-down hop addition allow cocoa nibs to contribute some pleasing bitterness, while vanilla notes from the oak combine with the cocoa to create an aroma and flavor akin to a gourmet chocolate bar. A dash of cayenne keeps things lively, adding just a bit of heat to the finish. At 9.5% ABV, it will be available in 22oz. bombers and 5-gallon kegs. Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti has earned a perfect RateBeer.com score of 100."

I plan on hitting up Denver in the very near future, but until then, I will be popping the caps off their world class beers available at every respectable bottle shop around town. And like Great Divide's slogan says, "Great minds drink alike," so join me. 

Now let's get our sip on!


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