The year 2014 marks 20 years of brewing for Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado), and the highly respected brewery is celebrating that milestone with the release of 20th Anniversary Belgian-style Ale.
This very special 20th Anniversary Ale is a Belgian Strong Ale brewed with Viognier grape juice. After hitting a search engine for more information on this ingredient, it has been learned that Viognier grapes are known for powerful floral aromatics, stone fruit flavors, and a lingering finish. Armed with this new found knowledge, it is safe to assume that these grapes will lend this beer a depth and complexity worthy of such an anniversary. For a little more information on the beer itself, here's the brewery description of 20th Anniversary:
This Belgian-style Ale is a golden example of our traditional bold character, but with a little something special to commemorate this milestone. Fermented with Viognier grape juice, 20th Anniversary is both delicate and assertive. Big without being brutish, cunning without being cloying, this is a grown-up beer for a big-time celebration.
20th Anniversary weighs in at 8.2% ABV, and will be available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. This beer will join Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout and Rumble Oak Aged India Pale Ale as Great Divide's lineup of second quarter seasonals. I was unable to track down an exact date for these beers to hit the Alabama market, but signs point to early or mid-April as a good time frame to expect it.
You may not be able to make it to Denver to celebrate two amazing decades of brewing with Great Divide, but you can get in on the celebration by raising a glass of 20th Anniversary in their honor. It is no secret that the brewery aimed for the fences when they brewed this one up, so make sure to grab yourself a bottle whenever you see it. Prost!