The First Pour: Great Divide Hoss
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Style: Marzen Rye Lager
Bronze Medal: Great America Beer Festival, 2009
Bronze Medal: World Beer Cup, 2010
Gold Medal & Overall Champion Lager: Australian Beer Awards, 2010
Today we have a fantastic year-round beer from Great Divide Brewing Company from Denver, Colorado. The brewery opened in 1994 back when Colorado’s craft beer scene was starting to really expand. Weird history fact – the brewery was started in an old abandoned dairy processing plant. Hoss is Great Divide’s take on the German Märzen/Oktoberfest lager style and it comes highly decorated. The beer has been awarded the Bronze Medal in the 2009 Great American Beer Festival as well as the Bronze Medal in the 2009 World Beer Cup. So you know you’re about to experience a very enjoyable beer.
So now that you’re up to speed on the history of the beer, let’s get right into the tasting. Hoss pours out a clear golden orange color with a creamy finely bubbled head. The aroma is true to the Märzen style, so you get a pleasant whiff of toasted malts, dark fruits, and a very light spiced rye. Hoss tastes of strong sweet caramel notes with earthy spiced rye underlying it all. There’s also a little hop bitterness on the swallow that fades gradually. The drink of the beer is creamy and enjoyable and you likely wouldn’t guess it’s a 6.2% ABV beer. Even with the ABV, Alaina and Mike both agree that this is a session-worthy beer. Even though Märzen is traditionally released in the fall, both Alaina and Mike really appreciated having a year-round take of the style. It’s nice to be able to sample a bit of fall all throughout the year. So come on by Cicero’s and enjoy a pint while dreaming of the Cardinals playing into October.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.