Release Great Divide Extends Peach Season with Peach Grand Cru

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,552) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Great Divide Brewing Co. is thrilled to announce its newest limited release beer, Peach Grand Cru. Brewed with fruit picked at the peak of ripeness, this strong Belgian-style ale marries two of the Centennial State’s well known offerings: great beer and fresh Palisade, Colorado 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, Great Divide sourced organic peaches from Palisade’s Rancho Durazno, a farm owned by longtime family friends of brewery 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 Great Divide 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, Great Divide recommends 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 Great Divide distributes. With a scheduled early October release, the brewery intends for Peach Grand Cru to be consumed fresh, but savored well beyond the orchard.

  2. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (591) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana
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    If anyone had the small batch they brewed before, was this their standard Grand Cru with peaches added or an entirely different base brew? I only ask because I think I'd like a strong pale with peaches more than a strong dark.
  3. Rick760Sd

    Rick760Sd Initiate (148) Jun 5, 2012 California
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    This sounds tasty, hope it makes it to Cali.
  4. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla Meyvn (1,250) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland
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    It's a different base beer. Also, it is quite expensive ($25 at the only store I've seen it at so far, but they price gouge) and I wasn't a big fan. I didn't get a lot of peaches.

    Halia is probably a much better bet.
  5. imperialbeerdude

    imperialbeerdude Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2012 Colorado

    this was meh
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  6. RDMII

    RDMII Disciple (352) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    Dammit, hate reading the negative vibes. The original Grand Cru was one of my faves ever. So well done, and very easy to purchase at a low price. I should have hoarded more when I could.
  7. Phobicsquirrel

    Phobicsquirrel Devotee (482) Oct 1, 2013 Oregon
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    I'd agree! not much peach and for 20 dollars I feel taken advantage of.
  8. chugalug06

    chugalug06 Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2008 Colorado

    whats everyone's thoughts on cellaring?
  9. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,229) Mar 18, 2010 California

    I had some of this last night. Not very good.
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