GRiZ (right), real name Grant Kwiecinski, has collaborated with Denver’s Great Divide Brewing Co. on Chasing the Golden Hour, a peach-infused twist on the brewery’s farmhouse-style Colette ale. (Provided by Lexa PR)
Here in Denver — where Colorado’s mountainous wonderland is framed in windows — beer and dance music have risen from popular ways to pass the time between trips into the wild into full-blown obsessions of their own.
Those obsessions collide on Wednesday at noon, when Denver brewery Great Divide releases Chasing the Golden Hour, a collaboration with Denver-via-Detroit electro-soul producer GRiZ, at its Ballpark neighborhood tap room at 2201 Arapahoe St.
The 7.3 ABV Chasing the Golden Hour, which takes its name from a GRiZ mixtape series, is a twist on Great Divide’s farmhouse-style Colette ale. GRiZ’s beer floats Palisade peaches over the Colette’s four-yeast blend, which is “meant to capture the carefree good vibes during a sunset on a perfect summer evening,” according to a release.
GRiZ, real name Grant Kwiecinski, reached out to Great Divide earlier this year to set up the collab in honor of his sold-out shows in Colorado. After a tasting at the brewery, Kwiecinski settled on the Colette, a favorite, and thought a fruit-infusion along the lines of the brewery’s apricot Colette would be a fitting variant.
You can find out for yourself at Great Divide’s Taproom tasting on Wednesday at noon. If you can’t make it, the beer will be on tap at concert venues across Denver, including the Larimer Lounge, Gothic Theater and Ogden Theater, where GRiZ is set to play a sold-out rehearsal show on Friday for his (also sold-out) two-night stand at Red Rocks on Sept. 1 and 2.
If you’re looking for the most Colorado thing you can possible do in the few days left of summer, it doesn’t get better than drinking a heady craft beer inspired by an electro-soul mixtape at a sold-out show.
Read more about GRiZ, and the surrounding electro-soul scene in Denver, in our feature on his genre of choice here.