Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company is an American brewery from Denver, Colorado,.
During the late 80s, Brian Dunn spent 5 years overseas building farms in developing countries.  Having grown up in a family that valued good food and drink, Dunn grew his knowledge and passion for beer during his travels.  Dunn eventually returned to Colorado, started homebrewing and went to graduate school.  Upon graduation in 1993, when the Denver beer scene barely existed, he set out to found what would eventually become one of America’s most decorated and celebrated craft breweries.

Beginning with a marketing study and a business plan, Dunn saw an opportunity in what would soon become Denver’s Ballpark Neighborhood to brew uniquely balanced, flavorful beers.  With financial help from family, friends and a loan from the City of Denver, his dream of brewing commercially became reality in 1994.

The brewery started small and in the beginning Dunn was the only full-time employee: brewing, bottling and selling to accounts all in the same day.  As the brewery grew, the beer spoke for itself.  Dunn’s beers were balanced, flavorful and representative of a lifestyle that is uniquely Colorado.  While Great Divide’s ethos may be globally-inspired, our beers are distinctly Denver.

Since 1994 we’ve brewed all sorts of exciting beer styles, added lots of brewing capacity and we’ve assembled a great staff.  In 2001, we bought our building – which used to be an old dairy processing plant – and set out for over a decade of exponential growth. In 2011, we realized we would soon outgrow our space and began looking for land to expand– knowing that leaving the city was not an option.


Great Divide + GRiZ 2018

July 5, 2018July 6, 2018 Great Divide Brewing Teams Up Again with DJ and Producer GRiZ for Collaboration Beer Chasing The Golden Hour Ale, a peach saison, will be offered at his Red Rocks shows, Great Divide and Denver music venues DENVER – July 5, 2018 – For the second year in a row, Great ... Read More


July 3, 2018 “The people of Denver and Colorado live outside this time of year and they are looking for a beer that bursts with flavor but won’t knock them out in the heat. Drive by any park or head up to any hiking trail in the mountains and it’s going to be filled to ... Read More


July 3, 2018 “Here in Denver, there is no shortage of concrete paradises for the people to hang out and relax in the sun. Every neighborhood has a multitude of patios, big and small, quiet and bustling. We’ve rounded up a pretty good list of patios, organized into categories. It’s insane how many there are. ... Read More

Brewbound: Great Divide Brewing Company Releases Hazy IPA Exclusively in Denver

July 3, 2018July 5, 2018 ” DENVER — Great Divide Brewing Company is excited to announce Hazy IPA will be available in cans in limited quantities starting this July throughout the Denver Metro area. Hazy IPA, which was originally released as a draft-only beer in July 2017, is a cloudy IPA with a juicy mix of ... Read More

5280: The 5280 Guide to Sour Beer

July 1, 2018July 3, 2018 “Sour milk, sour grapes, sour stomach—the word “sour” isn’t always appealing. So if you’re new to the tart, sometimes fruity, always boundary-pushing universe of sour beer, you should know: These brews, inspired by the lambics and gueuzes (pronounced “goozes”) of Belgium and the Berliner weisses and goses (pronounced “go-zas”) of ... Read More

Vox Magazine: Six canned craft beers for your next outdoor adventure

June 28, 2018July 3, 2018 “For decades, canned beers largely consisted of bottom-of-the-barrel options. But since 2011, according to data from the Brewers Association, more and more craft brewers are choosing the metal receptacle, especially during summer, so you don’t have to compromise taste as you hit the trails. COLETTE FARMHOUSE ALE Great Divide Brewing ... Read More


June 27, 2018July 3, 2018 “July is starting and the city has some great events to lead you into the next holiday. Kick off your weekend by celebrating summer at Carnaval de la Familia Denver and end it by experiencing fare from other states at a Midwest Fest. Whatever you end up doing, make sure ... Read More

Westword: Beer Calendar: Say Goodbye to Caution and Hello to Renegade’s Hop Head Fest

Westword: Beer Calendar: Say Goodbye to Caution and Hello to Renegade’s Hop Head Fest June 27, 2018July 3, 2018 “When Joyride Brewing opened four years ago at the edge of Sloan’s Lake Park, the owners promised a rooftop patio. It would be a perfect spot for beer drinking, considering the views of Sloan’s Lake and the downtown ... Read More

Hoodline: 3 delicious events around Denver this week

June 26, 2018July 3, 2018 “If you love to eat and drink, this week offers a great chance to explore the world of food and beverage beyond your usual repertoire of restaurants and bars. From hoppy beer festivals to a giant taco competition, there’s plenty to enjoy if you’re hungry for something new. Hoodline offers ... Read More

Denver Pale Ale Artist Series No.3

June 22, 2018 Great Divide Brewing Co. releases the third edition of their Denver Pale Ale Artist Series. Denver Pale Ale Artist Series We first launched our Denver Pale Ale Artists Series in June of 2016. The project was a way to pay tribute to the city we’ve called home for the past 24 years. We wanted local ... Read More

Great Divide May Beer Releases

April 24, 2018April 24, 2018 5 Beer Releases Headed Your Way! What’s better than 2 beer releases? 5 beer releases, that’s what! We’re diving into summer face first with 5 beer releases this May. Which may have you thinking, “Great Divide, you crazy”. Yeah, crazy about beer! Check out the 3 newcomers and 2 Great ... Read More

Wood Werks No. 1 Release

January 29, 2018 Great Divide’s New Barrel Series Release: Wood Werks We’re excited to release our new lineup of limited edition barrel aged and sour beers, Wood Werks. Kicking the series off in style is a Belgian-style sour. Keep reading to learn about the history of our barrel aging program, the new series, and more about our ... Read More

Great Divide Giving: 2017

January 2, 2018January 2, 2018 Great Divide Gives Back Great Divide has been fortunate to call the great city of Denver home since our humble beginnings in 1994. We’ve been able to grow and evolve alongside the city throughout the years. Without the continued support of our community, we wouldn’t be able to do what ... Read More


December 18, 2017December 19, 2017 “Festivus is for the rest of us, and it’s more than a Seinfeld holiday tradition. In Denver, it is a year-end celebration of the craft beer scene. The Denver (only) Beer Festivus put together by Two Parts brings together anyone and everyone that can attend and brews within the city limits for a raucous holiday party. ... Read More

Fort Collins Magazine: Going Big

December 17, 2017December 19, 2017 “In winter, two things are inevitable: colder temperatures and heartier beers. WHEN THE SUMMER HEAT SETTLES in and the sun blazes, you do what any beer-loving American does: You procure a light, citrusy, cold-as-possible beverage and you drink. And then you drink a couple more. That’s the simple joy of summer ... Read More

The Spruce: Get Your Boozy Fix With This List of the 10 Best Chocolate Beers

December 15, 2017December 19, 2017 “If you’ve had beer and chocolate together, you already know what a beautiful partnership it can be, but brewers have known about the natural relationship of beer and chocolate for a long time, and, as a result, there are a number of great chocolate beers available. Both beer and chocolate are complex ... Read More

October: Great Divide’s Denver Pale Ale Bridges the Gap

October: Great Divide’s Denver Pale Ale Bridges the Gap December 15, 2017December 19, 2017 “Denver is one of the world’s top beer cities. This is fitting, since Colorado is one of the country’s top beer states. I’ve been to the state a handful of times to visit my brother who lives just a quick drive ... Read More

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