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New Belgium La Folie marks its 20th anniversary

2017_la_folie_22oz_bottleSour beer lovers look forward to the annual release of New Belgium‘s La Folie with puckered lips. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the superbly blended beer. Get all the details about it from the official press release below.

Ft. Collins, Colo. – February 20, 2017 – This year marks New Belgium’s 20th year for making sour beers, which first launched its wood beer program in 1997 with La Folie. The award-winning sour ale’s 2017 version is now available and continues the sour ale tradition thanks to the craftsmanship of New Belgium’s blending team.

Every year, Eric Salazar, New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Manager, and Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s Sour Beer Blender, coordinate a blending of various foeders (oak barrels) to make La Folie a winning interpretation of a Flanders-style sour brown ale.

“We’ve been blending and experimenting with sour wood beers for two decades and as the name La Folie implies it’s always with a touch of eccentric madness,” said New Belgium Spokesman, Bryan Simpson. “We combine multiple barrels based on continual tasting to create a combination that is just right. Once again, the crew nailed it this year.”

The 2017 La Folie is a sharp, tart sour ale full of green apple, deep cherry, dark chocolate, and tannin-like plum skin notes. It’s 7% ABV and available in both 22-oz. bombers and on draft.

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Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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New Belgium releases new Lips of Faith brew

salted_chocSalted chocolate is a real thing. At least is has become one over the past few years. The combination of the sweet, rich milk chocolate mixed with just a few grains of sea salt was magical. Now, it seems the salted chocolate phenomenon has spread to everything, including a new beer from New Belgium in collaboration with Perennial Artisan Ales. The two breweries put their collective creative juices together and came up with the newest entry into the Lips of Faith series: Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout.

The cooler autumn weather calls for a richer beer and Salted Belgium Chocolate Stout provides those qualities in abundance. The result of a friendship between Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood beer czar and specialty brands manager, and the team at Perennial, this beer combines roasted barley and caramel malts to create a stout with a dark pour and tan head atop. Belgian yeast paired with a chocolate addition inspires rich aromas to complement a coffee tone. The beer has a hint of tobacco and dried fruit, along with a touch of mild salt, which boosts sweetness and enhances a roasty bitterness that every craft stout deserves.

“We wanted to brew a stout with a twist and the result is a decadent treat,” said Salazar. “It’s a fun and highly collaborative beer that combines some of our favorite things in a glass. We loved working with Perennial on this one. You can’t help but sip this stout and think, ‘it doesn’t get much better.’”

Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is 9 percent ABV and 35 IBUs. It’s available in 22 oz. bombers and on draft. Pricing varies by location. To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.

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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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