Me, enjoying Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Congratulations to all the winners of this year's Great American Beer Festival (#GABF13)...I just wanted to send a special shout-out to all the Oregon breweries who were able to get in this year. Both Colorado and Oregon took home a lot of medals, illustrating that these two states are both at the apex of the craft beer renaissance.
There were also a lot of great breweries from all over America - some of which (like 3 Floyds, which I've always wanted to try!) don't get distributed to Oregon. BOO! Last night, I was lucky enough to enjoy the gold medal winner for the Chocolate Beer category: Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti. Delicious, and certainly no surprise.You can see the full list of winners.Or the full awards ceremony on the Brewing Network.Or you can check out my summary of all our Oregon friends who won. You guys rock #craftbeer!
I am a huge fan of Great Divide
(Denver, Colorado) and I am very excited about the release of their Peach Grand Cru, expected to be released in the coming days.I'll probably try to get my hands on some when it comes out so I can review it, but feel free to take pity on a starving beer writer and send me a bottle! ;)
More about this beer from the Great Divide website:
PEACH GRAND CRU: OUR EXTENSION OF PEACH SEASON We’re thrilled to announce our newest limited release beer, Peach Grand Cru! Brewed with fruit picked at the peak of ripeness, this strong Belgian-style ale marries two of our home state’s well known offerings: great beer and fresh Palisade peaches.
The small, Western Slope town of Palisade is a household name throughout Colorado for its highly-anticipated seasonal peach crop. To brew Peach Grand Cru, our brewers sourced organic peaches from Palisade’s Rancho Durazno, a farm owned by longtime family friends of our Founder and President Brian Dunn.
First brewed as a single 7-barrel pilot batch in 2012, Peach Grand Cru is a true small batch success story. With its powerful fresh peach aroma and complementary Belgian yeast character, visitors to the Tap Room reveled in the beer’s ability to extend peach season beyond summer’s end. Overwhelming demand for the beer inspired the brewery to immediately start planning for a larger batch for 2013’s harvest season. A larger batch, however, was no easy feat, as over 1600 pounds of peaches are used to brew one 50-barrel batch!
Packaged in large format bottles with a hearty 12% alcohol by volume, Peach Grand Cru is meant to be shared with friends and paired with great foods. Among the many food pairing possibilities, we recommend stuffed mushrooms, smoked chicken quarters, roasted baby artichokes, buttermilk blue cheese, and, of course, grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream.
In addition to the 750ml bottles, limited draft will also be available in select markets where we distributes. With a scheduled early October release, our goal is to have Peach Grand Cru be consumed fresh, but savored well beyond the orchard.