Two of Denverâ€™s most highly acclaimed craft beverage companies, Great Divide Brewing and Pabloâ€™s Coffee, have entered a partnership to create a new seasonal beer, an espresso-infused version of Great Divideâ€™s Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout.
Great Divide Brewing brews some of the globeâ€™s most balanced yet assertive and flavorful beers. In 1994, Brian Dunn set up shop in an abandoned dairy-processing plant at the edge of downtown Denver and began brewing the beers that would eventually carry Great Divide to its status as one of Americaâ€™s most decorated microbreweries and would help transform Denver into an international destination for beer lovers.
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti â€œis a beer weâ€™ve wanted to do for a long time,â€ says Dunn. â€œImperial stouts already tend to have undertones of coffee, so the infusion of espresso makes for a perfect complement to Oak Aged Yetiâ€™s complex character. Weâ€™ve been playing around with the beer for a long time, trying to get the right balance of espresso to beer. Once we got it ready for commercial release, we knew we wanted to partner with a local supplier for the espresso. Pabloâ€™s makes the best coffee in Denver, so the choice was easy.â€
Located on East Sixth Avenue in Denverâ€™s Alamo Placita neighborhood, Pabloâ€™s Coffee, â€œA Worldwide Chain of One,â€ has served Denverâ€™s finest coffee since 1995, roasting all of its beans in-house and serving as an antidote to the deluge of multinational coffee chains.
Of the partnership with Great Divide, Pabloâ€™s founder Craig Conner says, â€œWe have very similar business modelsâ€”our companies are both committed to quality over quantity, and to serving our local communities in a way that large corporations are unable to do. And just as in the beer world, most of the best, most award-winning coffee comes from small roasters like us.â€ The companyâ€™s small size and proximity to Great Divide allowed it to custom-roast the espresso beans at the last minute possible so that they were as fresh as possible and at just the right specifications to make them perfect for the beer. â€œWe couldnâ€™t be more pleased,â€ says Conner, â€œto be partnering with another great local business like ours to create something special.â€
The espressoâ€”sourced through direct relationships with farmers in three different countriesâ€”combines with Oak Aged Yetiâ€™s vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a truly heady experience. Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft through mid-April.