Helles? Hell Yes.

This is no ordinary Helles-style lager. This Helles, a collaborative effort between Great Divide and TRVE, is as highly anticipated as any brew at Collaboration Fest. Why you ask? The two Denver-based breweries involved have had a huge impact on our city's craft beer scene. By producing the best beer they can possibly make and constantly challenging themselves to continue to hone their skills and beer knowledge, they've elevated craft beer expectations in Colorado and beyond. Put simply, you could say each brewery knows their way around the brew kettle.

David from Great Divide (left) said he loves collaboration beers because they, "(provide) the opportunity to see how different systems operate and the type of experience and knowledge that each brewer can bring to the table."

David from Great Divide (left) said he loves collaboration beers because they, "(provide) the opportunity to see how different systems operate and the type of experience and knowledge that each brewer can bring to the table."

Here at Two Parts, we're most excited about the brew due to the fact that it has pushed each brewery a bit out of their comfort zone. Great Divide is perhaps best known for their big beers like Yeti, capable of amassing cult followings;  TRVE has carved out a tasty little niche in brewing sour styles to near perfection, getting them recognition on the national stage as a small brewery to watch.

If you've never had a Helles, you should note that it wouldn't be described as big or sour, but quite the opposite. A Helles is a classic, clean lager many would consider a "lawnmower" beer -- an ode to its sessionability and fit with hot, sunny days. Hailing from Germany, the style was created way back in 1894 by Spaten as a response to the then madly popular Bohemian Pilsner. The word "Helles" means bright in German, and that seems fitting for this collaboration. If this beer is half as good as we dare expect, then it'll be a true highlight of the festival. 

Both breweries brewed a batch of the same recipe on their systems, so make sure to try both Great Divide’s and TRVE’s version of the beer to see if you can tell a difference. 

Both breweries brewed a batch of the same recipe on their systems, so make sure to try both Great Divide’s and TRVE’s version of the beer to see if you can tell a difference. 

Casey BerryComment