Great Divide Beer & Cheese Tasting
Denver and beer have become synonymous. Great Divide Brewing Company, located at the corner of 22nd and Arapahoe Streets, is one of Downtown’s beer meccas, with a tap room in full view of the brewing process.
I recently had the opportunity to attend one of Great Divide’s monthly Beer and Cheese Tastings. The event, held on the last Tuesday of each month, has two seating times, 5:30pm and 7:30pm. The tasting features 5 of Great Divide’s beers, paired with 5 complementary cheeses from the Highland neighborhood’s St. Killian’s Cheese Shop. Homemade breads from Hi*Rise Bakery round out the spread.
We entered the brewing area promptly at 5:30pm and took a seat at the tasting table. The tasting began with generous pours and a large plate of cheese. Our hosts kept it informal, giving us a tasting sheet with descriptions of the beer and cheese, and then checking in to answer any questions. The hum of the brewing process taking place next to us was a welcome form of background noise while we chatted about the pairings.
The pairings were unique- Wild Raspberry Ale and Hades Belgian style with two varieties of goat cheese, Hoss Rye Lager with Vermont Cheddar, Hercules Double IPA with gruyere, and my personal favorite, Yeti Imperial Stout with a super creamy blue cheese. Of the friends who accompanied me, each had a different favorite of the evening. And, because of the substantial portions, we all left full and with no need for dinner.
The tasting was a lot of fun, and is something I would do again. The helpful staff told us that they change the beer and cheese pairings each month, and with Great Divide’s seasonal offerings, you could likely go multiple times a year and have completely new experiences. Tickets are $20 per person and pre-registration is required. The next event is June 28th and tickets can be purchased here: http://junebeerandcheese.eventbrite.com/. Happy tasting!