Great Divide Brewing Company to cross into Iowa with tap takeover at Reds Alehouse

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Great Divide Brewing Company’s beers will start showing up in Iowa liquor stores starting Sept. 19. — image courtesy of Great Divide Brewing Company

Get ready to see Yetis at your favorite beer retailers and bars — Yeti Imperial Stouts, that is.

Great Divide Brewing Company of Denver, Colorado announced that it will begin distributing its award-winning beers, including Yeti, in Iowa starting Friday. Great Divide is partnering with Johnson Brothers of Iowa for distribution, and the brewery’s full portfolio of year-round and seasonal beers should be available throughout the state very soon.

Reds Alehouse (405 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty) will be among the first locations in the state to receive a shipment of Great Divide’s beer. Reds’ service manager Brandon Ryan said they will host a pre-release party this Thursday, Sept. 18, and expect to serve Hercules Double IPA, Titan IPA, Yeti Imperial Stout, Hoss Rye Lager, Lasso IPA, Colette Farmhouse Ale and Claymore Scotch Ale. Ryan said he is crossing his fingers for one of the special release, barrel-aged versions of Yeti, too.

“Getting Great Divide to Iowa is no accident,” said Anna Nadasdy, Great Divide’s director of sales and marketing, in a news release. “We regularly get requests from all over the country to distribute in one state or another. Our decision to enter Iowa was just as much influenced by the rapidly increasing number of craft beer lovers in the state, hungry for new options, as it was by the passion and persistence of [Lyle Stutzman, president of Johnson Brothers of Iowa,] and his team to bring bold and flavorful beers to the people of Iowa. We love to see that kind of excitement for our beer.”

Great Divide opened in 1994 and has since won 18 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and five World Beer Cup awards. In 2013, it was ranked 12th on’s list of the best brewers in the world.

According to Ryan: “They’re an awesome, awesome brewery.”