An early Christmas for Colorado beer drinkers
Yesterday, Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver unleashed its Hibernation Ale – a traditional, if particularly potent, strong ale. “We wanted Hibernation to be available during the Great American Beer Festival this year since there is such a high demand for it, so we released it a little early -- and I'm glad, it's my favorite,” says Patrick Langlois of Great Divide.
The festival takes place in Denver October 9-11.
Great Divide also released its fall seasonal, Fresh Hop Pale Ale, an American-style pale ale brewed with freshly picked “wet hop” yesterday. From 5-8 p.m. Friday, October 3, Great Divide will host a party to celebrate both beers at the brewery’s tap room, 2201 Arapahoe Street. In addition to the new brews, Great Divide will also offer artisan cheeses and cured meats; the party's $15 per person.
And just up Highway 36, Boulder Beer Company plans to tap its Never Summer Ale on October 16, as well as its Obovoid Oak-Aged Oatmeal Stout on October 17.
A little further afield, Oregon’s Deschutes brewery is also out with its Christmas seasonal, Jubelale – one of my favorite beers every year. The brewery is also known for the beer-label artwork that accompanies the beer, and this year’s is really cool. – Jonathan Shikes