I sampled five of Great Divide's beers and Dave, my traveling companion (although in realty I'm his), sampled the other five. Of those ten beers, not a single one was disappointing. The only disappointing aspect was the fact that we were heading to a Rockies game and we could not take a growler to go. Since their beers are available where I live, I wasn't entirely heart broken.
Two beers that really got my attention at Great Divide were their seasonal fare: Chocolate Oak Aged YETI and the 17th anniversary wood aged Double IPA. The YETI, unlike the original, has an even more intense flavor and is even complemented with cayenne undertones. It makes for rich, roasty, spicy flavor. If you're are going to choose between the two, I'd recommend the original YETI. The cayenne flavor lingers on a bit too long. The Double IPA is lacking the usually bitterness you would expect to find. When I asked the bartender about the IBU content he told me around 50. The brew was smooth and flavorful with the perfect touch of hops.
|Wilk sneaking a peek at Great Divide aging barrels|
After Great Divide we walked up to Breckenridge Brewery directly across from Coors Field. I started out with the requisite flagship brew, Avalanche Amber Ale. The perfect amber color was a beautiful sight after the amber attempt from Upstream. The beer went well with the wings we grabbed. There is a reason this is Breckenridge's most popular beer, it's damn good. Afterwards I switched to their Scotch ale and was also pleased with the result. I regret that I can't give a thorough analysis of these beers because the visit was more about socializing with friends than critiquing beer. Both styles were great and if I come across any other Breckenridge beers I will pick them up willingly.
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