Red, White, and Brew Review

Saturday marked another one of Great Divide Brewing Company’s quarterly beer release parties at their downtown tap room.  This patriotic party featured the re-release of 2 seasonal beers, Rumble Oak Aged IPA and Smoked Baltic Porter, as well as the brand new Belgian Style Yeti (Hoss was also on tap).  Basic Kneads Pizza was present to dish up their delicious wood-fired slices to the buzzing Denverites enjoying live music from Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels.  About 150 people were present for a relatively chill night on Great Divide’s patio.  Although we were the last 2 people to arrive from the online ticket sales (kindly pointed out by GD employee Kell Benson), we had a great time.

There was a distinct lack of red, white, and blue in the crowds, despite a contest for the 3 best star-spangled costumes (rewarded with $25 Great Divide gift cards).  So much so, that only one of the awards was handed out – but it was well deserved.

Despite the poor showing of ridiculous patriotic outfits, the 4th of July feel wasn’t lost on anyone as the Coors Field fireworks could be seen from the brewery at the close of the party (the Rockies crushed the Kansas City Royals 9-0).

If you missed this party, you’ll have to hang tight for a few months for the next one but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

Here’s a look at the beers on tap for Red, White, and Brew:

Rumble Oak Aged IPA

Rumble IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Very inspiring. 7.1% ABV

Smoked Baltic Porter

Smoked Baltic Porter is the sultry sister of a storied style. Brewed with traditional German malts and hops, this dark lager gets its special twist from a hefty addition of Bamberg smoked malt. This smoldering, medium-bodied lager is sure to please. Smoked Baltic Porter is smooth, smoky and dark…mysterious enough yet? 6.2% ABV

Hoss Rye Lager

Hoss is based on the Marzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer. 6.2% ABV

Belgian Style Yeti

Belgian Style Yeti is a delicious new blend of brewing traditions–all the malt-driven roastiness of our Yeti Imperial Stout with characteristic spice and fruit notes imparted by our special Belgian yeast strain. Belgian Style Yeti is a one-of-a-kind beer as mysterious as the mythical creature himself. Impossible? See for yourself; you’ll be a believer, too. 9.5% ABV

Happy 4th of July Denver!  I hope all of you had a fantastic weekend, feel free to share your favorite beer stories in the comments.  Here’s a slideshow of all of my pictures from the night:


About Sean Buchan

Sean is a Physical Therapist and Photographer living in (and loving) Denver, Colorado. He enjoys shooting just about anything but his true passion is capturing the craft beer culture here in Denver. If you enjoy his photographs check out Beertographer.