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Greeting the Great Divide Brewing Co.


While new to the Treasure Valley, Great Divide Brewing Company, a Colorado-based brewery has been around for a quarter of a century. Founded by Brian Dunn, it was one of only a handful of breweries in Denver at the time, but from the beginning, its beers took home top awards. Success led to increased demand, and the beer has finally found its way to Boise. Here's a trio to try:

Claymore Scotch Ale, $1.89—$2.19

A dense, three-finger tan head tops this dark, ruby-tinged ale. The aromas of fresh-baked fruit cake include date, candied cherry, currant, brown sugar and baking spices. It opens with flavors of creamy caramel malt with touches of cocoa, coffee, smoke and spice. This is a warming brew that's just the thing to provide solace against the damp days of spring.

Colette Farmhouse Ale, $1.89—$2.19

A hazy, straw-colored brew, it's topped with a generous, porous head that settles quickly into a thin ring of lacing. A hint of clove colors the lemon drop aromas, backed by a whiff of fresh-cut hay. Light banana notes add interest to the ripe citrus flavors along with touches of pepper and spice. The finish is dry and just slightly sour.

Heyday Modern IPA, $1.89—$2.19

This beer pours a cloudy shade of lemon peel with a tight-knit, thin head that clings to the glass as it collapses. Slightly bitter, very floral hops dominate the nose, followed by notes of tropical fruit. You get a burst of orange up front on the palate, punctuated by bitter citrus zest that carries through to the softer, almost creamy finish.