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.


Westword: Great Divide Brewing Rolls Out a New Look for a New Era

May 13, 2022May 14, 2022 “When Great Divide announced in early 2021 that it would have to let go of its plans to open a big new brewing campus and instead scale back its operations, founder Brian Dunn made it a point to note that the decision would give the brewery the financial capacity to ... Read More

Westword: Great Divide Brewing Rolls Out a New Look for a New Era

May 13, 2022May 13, 2022 “When Great Divide announced in early 2021 that it would have to let go of its plans to open a big new brewing campus and instead scale back its operations, founder Brian Dunn made it a point to note that the decision would give the brewery the financial capacity to ... Read More

Great Divide Brewing Co. Proudly Available in France

June 1, 2021June 2, 2021Great Divide Brewing Co. beers have long been available at a global level and we’re proud to be featured alongside other esteemed breweries in the Discover American Craft Beer program to help raise awareness of American craft beer in the French market. Great Divide beers have been available in France since ... Read More

Craft Beer: Vibe Concepts to Open Great Divide Brewery & Roadhouse

” The planned 8,000-square-foot Great Divide Brewery & Roadhouse will open in the Riverwalk Castle Rock North development, an urban live, work, play mixed-use development on Wilcox Street in downtown Castle Rock. While Vibe Concepts will lease the space and hold the brewing license, Great Divide will utilize a five-barrel brewing pilot brewing system to ... Read More

Brewbound: Great Divide Brewing Co. Releases Whitewater Craft Hard Seltzer

” DENVER – Fans of carefully and creatively crafted adult beverages will not be disappointed by the latest release from Great Divide Brewing Co. Whitewater Craft Hard Seltzer will significantly increase the scope of the brewery’s portfolio, hitting shelves next week in a variety 12-pack featuring four flavors: Mango + Ginger, Pomegranate + Lime, Ruby Red ... Read More

Westword: Some Breweries Switch to Delivery, To-Go Options As Others Close Doors

” Although many breweries were packed with people over the weekend, others closed their doors in the interest of public health or switched to new formats in the hopes of staying in business. Hogshead Brewery, for instance, says it will roll out free Crowler delivery today, while WeldWerks Brewing in Greeley, Odd13 Brewing in Lafayette ... Read More

Westword: Eight New Beers for False Spring and Flip-Flop/Snow-Boot Weather

” Colorado is known for its alleged 300 days a year of sunshine, and for its powdery snow. But what many non-residents don’t know is that we can often get both extremes within the same week, day or even hour. False summer, fake spring, flip-flop-and-snow-boots weather: Call it what you will, but it’s best to ... Read More

Brewbound: Great Divide Brewing Co. to Release Car Camper Hazy Pale Ale

” DENVER – A passion for great beer and the great outdoors influenced the development of Great Divide Brewing Company’s newest year-round offering: Car Camper Hazy Pale Ale. “Building off of the success of Great Divide’s Hazy IPA, we developed Car Camper Hazy Pale Ale with a similar malt bill and hop profile that delivers a ... Read More

Brewbound: Great Divide Brewing Co. Partners With Pablo’s Coffee on Coffee Porter

” DENVER – Two Denver businesses with roots stretching back to the mid-90s have teamed up to explore how their two crafts can interact. The result is Great Divide Brewing Co.’s latest Tank Farm release, Coffee Porter, brewed with barrel aged beans from Pablo’s Coffee. “We’ve utilized Pablo’s beans for our beers and our coffee makers here at Great Divide for ... Read More

Westword: At the High-ABV Big Beers Fest, This Low-ABV Brew May Save the Day

” Brian Dunn and Dave Thibodeau have been attending the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival for many years, and over that time the two brewery owners have learned that it’s “a silly idea” to spend a full three days drinking high-alcohol beers at high altitudes. The three-day fest, which kicks off Thursday, January 9, in Breckenridge, ... Read More

Brewbound: Great Divide’s 2020 Release Calendar

” DENVER – The future is bright for Great Divide Brewing Company in 2020 and the brewery’s release calendar emphasizes a commitment to innovation and beer with bold character. “I am particularly excited about our collaboration with Pablo’s Coffee,” related Marketing Manager, Matt Sandy. “Though it sounds simple on the surface, this is one of the ... Read More

Brewbound: Great Divide to Release Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA and 2 New Yeti Variants

” DENVER – After a successful summer season featuring Great Divide Brewing Co.’s 25th Anniversary celebration and the release of Lager, the Denver brewery is gearing up for a busy fall and winter featuring five new and returning can releases plus several draft-only offerings. First up is Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA, releasing October 1. This beer replaces Hop Disciples IPA ... Read More

Brewbound: Great Divide Brewing Company Releases New Lager Offering

” DENVER – Just in time for Independence Day, Great Divide Brewing Company is thrilled to announce its newest year-round packaged beer: Great Divide Lager. Available in 12oz 6-packs and 19.2oz cans, the beer is the perfect way to celebrate summer. “Great Divide has long been known for its big, bold beers,” explained Bill Bertsch, Sr. ... Read More

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

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