gd1Great Divide Brewing Co.
2201 Arapahoe St
Denver, Colorado
Visited on July 5,2015

Great Divide was one of the two breweries I was really excited about visiting on my recent trip to Colorado. You can get their wares most everywhere in the country – at least in all of the eight states I’ve lived in – and they’re stellar across the board. They’ve been doing this since 1994, for God’s sake.

The only problem is that with great expectations come great disappointments. I’ve had plenty of places fall into the “oh that’s it?” category due to this phenomenon.

But Great Divide lived up to the hype.gd2

My wife and I were waiting for a popular local brunch spot to have room to seat us, and it just so happened to be around the corner from Great Divide. Have an hour to kill? Want a beer at 11:00 am? Why the hell not.

I really liked everything about the place. From the simple but modern bar to the plethora of Yeti signs plastered throughout the establishment (hey, if you have a brand that well known, make use of it), I was smiling the entire hour we stayed.

My wife and I went through two flights at a reasonable price for each. This let us get through all of their seasonal/brewpub only selections as well as some of their more well-known offerings. As I mentioned, I enjoyed everything I had. The Yeti is always awesome, the barleywine was exactly what it should be, and they even had a barrel aged version to kick things up a notch.

It seemed to me that a lot of the other breweries in that part of the city are pretty much just profiting from the baseball game traffic, and don’t necessarily need to make great beers, so they don’t. But Great Divide has been around the block a few times, and they’d more than hold their own on any street and on any shelf in the country.

Location: 20
Food: NA
Beer: 20
Service: 19
Overall: 20
Total: 79 (of 80)