American barleywine

Strange Land Brewery Bishopsgate

The term barleywine is used throughout the craft beer industry and is a well-respected and represented style brewed by most breweries in the U.S. It is recognized by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and it is a category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). None of this is news to 99 percent of the people reading this, but how the style and name barleywine came about is not as well known.

Odell Woodcut No. 8

Ask any beer nerd what the best state in the country is for craft beer and you will usually get some combination of California, Oregon and some votes for Vermont. For the most part I agree with that but, there is one state that is not mentioned enough in my opinion and that is Colorado.

Great Divide Old Ruffian

In one of my recent reviews I mentioned how Colorado does not get enough love in the “best beer state in America” discussions.

Well, for the second time this month I have another fine example of what Colorado has to offer the beer world. Old Ruffian is an American style barleywine from Great Divide in Denver Colo. Old Ruffian was first bottled and released back in 2004 where it quickly gained notoriety by winning a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2005. It followed that up with gold in 2006 and a second bronze medal in 2009.