has been teasing fans of its highly-regarded, highly-sought after Yeti line of imperial stouts with news about a new flavor of Yeti coming out this year.
It turns out that elusive new Yeti will be Oatmeal Yeti, made with rolled oats to "soften Yeti's notoriously roasty backbone," and raisins to create "a dark fruit character," according to the label, which was approved on Wednesday.
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"We changed up Yeti," says Great Divide owner Brian Dunn. "We put in a couple thousand pounds of oats per batch in this one, and it is really nice. We also changed up the dark malts, which works really well with the sweetness of the raisins."
Great Divide experimented with five to ten different Yeti flavors before settling on Oatmeal Yeti two months ago. "We tried a couple different kinds of woods and fruits and plants, but we hadn't done one with oatmeal yet, and I think it is a fun grain to brew with," Dunn adds. "Yeti is such an assertive beer that you can modify it a little bit."
Oatmeal Yeti will be a seasonal beer sold in 22-ounce bomber bottles like most of its cousins -- including Oak Aged Yeti, Espresso Yeti and Chocolate Yeti. It replaces Belgian Style Yeti in the brewery's lineup, a beer that was discontinued earlier this year.
Great Divide brewed four hundred barrels of the new beer, which should hit liquor store shelves sometime in early July.
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