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New Belgium celebrates 25th anniversary with new releases

new-belgium-brewery-logoNew Belgium Brewing Company is having a busy year. Between the opening of their new brewery in Asheville, NC, and their 25th anniversary celebration, things are certainly going their way. To celebrate their silver anniversary, New Belgium asked five of the countries best breweries to collaborate with them on creating new versions of their iconic Fat Tire Amber Ale.

In addition to the collaborations, New Belgium has two new Lips of Faith releases hitting store shelves this month.

Read more about the Fat Tire collaborations and Lips of Faith releases in the press release below.

Ft. Collins, Colo., June 1, 2016 –The best way to celebrate a birthday is by gathering up your friends. New Belgium’s Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration mixed pack is starting to hit store shelves. The pack features five of the nation’s best craft breweries, with each taking a turn at reimagining Fat Tire, New Belgium’s flagship beer. This 25th anniversary package is a variety 12-pack, with five variations of the amber ale, including:

  • Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, ME) – Fat Funk Ale features a De Dolle house Belgian yeast strain, which adds pear, banana and spice to Fat Tire’s malty goodness. Expect notes of stone fruit, sweet tart and peppercorn.
  • Avery Brewing (Boulder, Colo.) – Fat Wild Ale focuses on a fruit-forward hop bill featuring Huell Melons and a dose of brett evoking notes of apricot and pineapple.
  • Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA) – Fat Hoppy Ale focuses on what Firestone Walker does best – big beautiful hop forward ales. Fat Hoppy has a light malty sweetness initially, with a subtle bitterness in the middle that lingers ever-so-slightly.
  • Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR) – Fat Sour Apple Ale starts out with a snap of tartness, courtesy of Lactobacillus and apple juice, then gets balanced with Fat Tire-inspired malty sweetness and slight herbal bitterness.
  • Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati, OH) – Fat Pale Ale focuses on two components: Rhinegeist Brewers’ malt interpretation of Fat Tire married with the fruity, wild, almost wine like character of Fiction. Together they offer up a slightly bready, biscuity and slightly toast malt backbone combined with fruity Southern Hemisphere hops and abundant fruity esters from the strain of Belgian yeast that Rhinegeist used.

De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale
De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale is another New Belgium Lips of Faith collaboration beer available now. This collaboration with Antwerp, Belgium’s historic De Koninck Brewery, offers a pop of key lime and lemons. The fragrance of hibiscus, rose petals and strawberry-tinged Mistral hops make it the ideal beer for soaking in summer days.

De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale is 7.4 percent ABV, 30 IBUs, and is available in four-packs and on draft.

Tart Lychee
The 2016 Tart Lychee also debuted in June and is part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith lineup. The beer is brewed with exotic lychee fruit and cinnamon, then blended with sour Felix from the brewery’s wood cellar for a citrusy, tropical sip that attacks with an invigorating tart bite.

Tart Lychee is 7.5 percent ABV and 12 IBUs.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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New Belgium adds watermelon beer to summer lineup

new-belgium-brewery-logoWhat is summer without watermelon? I mean really, you remember those childhood days when you eagerly awaited the slicing of the melon and burying your face in the sweet, red flesh, right? Well, the brewers at New Belgium sure do and they have whipped up a refreshing summer brew that embraces the summertime tradition while adding their own unique twist. Heavy Melon, the brewery’s newest entry in the fruit beer category, is a sweet melon infused brew with a touch of tartness.

The brewery’s second summer offering, Juicy Mandarina, takes advantage of citrusy Mandarina Bavaria hops and a hibrid yeast that imparts fruity flavors and accentuates the hoppy flavors of the brew.

Read the official press release below to learn more abut these two summer releases from New Belgium Brewing Co.:

Ft. Collins, Colo., April 27, 2016 – The heat of summer will be here in no time and New Belgium is ready for refreshment with its latest seasonal Heavy Melon. This super crisp and refreshing American-Style Fruit beer is brewed with juicy watermelon and zesty lime peel. Ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya and citrus offer an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and the slightest touch of tartness.

“Since our first days back in 1991, New Belgium has been crafting fruit beer and Heavy Melon continues our tradition of pushing boundaries, while making creative and innovative beers,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing specialty brand manager. “Heavy Melon uses only real ingredients and even though it’s a watermelon beer, it’s actually born from the same place as other New Belgium favorites like Citradelic, Ranger, and Fat Tire. The pressed watermelon juice we sourced comes from Yakima Valley, the same region that grows almost all our hops.”

Heavy Melon has a juicy, mouthwatering start with a spritzy crisp finish and pours a bright golden color. This medium-light body beer comes in at 5 percent ABV, with 14 IBUs.

Heavy Melon
Style: American-Style Fruit Beer
Malts: Pale and Caramel 80
Hops: Nugget
ABV: 5%
IBU: 14
Food Pairing Ideas: Bruschetta with fresh mozzarella, basil, balsamic and watermelon; vanilla ice cream.
Availability: now in 12 oz. bottles and draft, starting May 30 in folly packs in 12 oz. cans

To learn more about Heavy Melon, check out New Belgium’s blog “Get Ready to Crush Some Heavy Melon Ale”.

Juicy Mandarina IPA
Also available this summer is Juicy Mandarina IPA. This Hop Kitchen release offers a wave of exotic hop flavors. Juicy Mandarina IPA sports a full array of island hop vibes courtesy of citrusy Mandarina Bavaria, vibrant Calypso, tropical Galaxy, and a bonus experimental hop #522 that rounds out the ensemble with bright, breezy floral notes. Fruity hybrid yeast accentuates the burst of hops, while soft wheat mats float each sip across the tongue with ease.

Juicy Mandarina IPA is 6.5 percent ABV and 65 IBUs. It’s available on draft only.

Juicy Mandarina IPA
Malts: Wheat
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria, Calypso, Galaxy and experimental hop #522
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 65
Availability: Draft only

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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New Belgium to create collaborative versions of Fat Tire for 25th anniversary

fat-tire-and-friendsTo long-time readers of this blog it will come as no surprise that this announcement has me very excited. In preparation to celebrate 25 years of brewing their flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale, New Belgium Brewing Company is reaching out to other breweries to help them create five collaborative versions of Fat Tire.

The brewers that will create these one-of-a-kind mash-ups include; Allagash Brewing Company  of Portland, Maine, Avery Brewing of Boulder, Colo., Firestone Walker of Paso Robles, Calif., Hopworks Urban Brewery of Portland, Ore. and Rhinegeist Brewery of Cincinnati, Ohio. Each brewery will bring something different to the classic Fat Tire style that is characteristic of their own brewing styles.

The collaboration brews will be available in a mixed 12-pack in mid-June 2016.

Read more in New Belgium’s official press release below.

Ft. Collins, Colo., March 1, 2016 – New Belgium Brewing celebrates its 25th anniversary with the release of five collaboration beers reinterpreting the brewer’s flagship, Fat Tire Amber Ale. Fat Tire was first conceived on a bike ride through Belgium and came to life as a homebrew in the late 1980’s. Spurred on by accolades from friends and a grip of homebrewing awards, New Belgium co-founders Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch took the beer commercial in 1991. Since then, the 100% employee-owned company has become the nation’s 4th-largest craft brewery with distribution in 41 states and a second brewery just opening in Asheville, NC. New Belgium brewers teamed up with brewing friends at Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, ME), Avery Brewing (Boulder, Colo.), Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA), Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR) and Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati, OH) for the project.

“In the early days we used to say that if we could just sell 60 cases of beer a week we’d be a success,” said co-founder, Kim Jordan. “It’s a different landscape these days yet the things that make our work meaningful – community, camaraderie, creativity – are still alive and well. Working with so many great friends and talented brewers while reimagining Fat Tire is the perfect way to celebrate all the things we love most about our craft.”

New Belgium reached out to collaboration partners who were long time friends and innovative brewers. For the mixed 12-pack, Allagash is producing a version of Fat Tire using a Belgian yeast sourced from the Poperinge region and a touch of the Allagash house Brettanomyces – expect notes of stone fruit, sweet tart and peppercorn; Avery will focus on a fruitier hop bill also with a dose of brett evoking notes of apricot and pineapple; Firestone Walker is creating a west coast interpretation of Fat Tire with an assertive hop profile and a light lager yeast; Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is creating a tart Fat Tire bringing in apple and lactobacillus to help highlight that beautiful green apple snap inherent to the original Fat Tire; and Rhinegeist has transformed Fat Tire into a Belgian XPA, combining a fruity Belgian yeast strain with bready-sweet European and Colorado malts for a beer to please hopheads and wine drinkers alike.

Mixed 12-packs will feature two New Belgium original Fat Tire Amber Ales plus two of each interpretation beer. The beer will release mid-June, prior to New Belgium’s 25th anniversary, officially on June 28th. A party at New Belgium’s new brewery in Asheville on August 27th will celebrate that facility’s grand opening as well as 25 years of brewing innovation and good times.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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Ben and Jerry’s collaborates with New Belgium to create tasty new brew

New-Belgium-Salted-Caramel-BrownieWhat happens when one of the best loved ice cream makers in the United States gets together with the nation’s third largest craft brewer? All sorts of dessert-flavored beer goodness, that’s what! And, to top it off, the proceeds from sales of the brew will go to charity! Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream of Vermont along with New Belgium Brewing Company of Colorado have announced plans to produce a co-branded beer that will benefit snowboarder Jeremy Jones’ Save Our Winters organization founded to help raise awareness of global climate change.

The beer, Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, will weigh in at 6.3-percent alcohol by volume (ABV), but that is about all that is known about the beer at this time. Judging from the name, one could deduce that the beer will feature chocolate, caramel and salt flavors, but whether the beer will skew towards a sweeter or drier character is yet to be announced.

“Although our TTB filing for the beer is now public, specifics around the campaign are still in development,” said New Belgium Director of Sustainability, Jenn Vervier in an official press release. “At this time I can confirm that Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium are collaborating to raise awareness around issues we are passionate about, and that the results will be delicious.”

Industry insiders predict the beer will be available sometime in the fall of 2015.

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Beer News

 

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Oats and hops coexist in New Belgium, Half Acre collaboration

oatmealipa_lNew Belgium Brewing’s Hop Kitchen series will see a new release soon. This time the trailblazing series will be produced with Chicago’s Half Acre Beer company to create a creamy, hops forward Oatmeal IPA. If you are thinking that oatmeal is not your normal addition to an IPA, you are right. Used more often in stouts, oatmeal imparts a smoother, creamier mouthfeel to this innovative brew.

Learn more about the beer and the Hop Kitchen series in New Belgium’s press release below.

Ft. Collins, Colo., March 16, 2015 New Belgium Brewing and Chicago’s Half Acre Beer Company join forces to create Oatmeal IPA, a fruity, tropical hop-bomb with a creamier sip than the average IPA. The beer is available on draft, while supplies last, through New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen Series.

Oatmeal IPA first came to life about four years ago, when New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, visited Half Acre where he met with owners Gabriel Magliaro and Matt Gallagher. That’s when they planted the seeds for a collaboration beer.

In late 2013, the first beer in this two-part collaboration was released as Avoine IPA, an oat-spiked IPA brewed at New Belgium and released throughout Chicago (Avoine means “oats” in French). In February of this year, the Half Acre team traveled to Fort Collins, Colo., to brew the second installment: Oatmeal IPA.

This 2015 release is honey-hued with a velvety mouthfeel that offers brilliant pine, grass and guava courtesy of Citra and Centennial dry-hopping. Oatmeal IPA is ultra-tropical and appears softer than the traditional IPA, but be warned – lurking beneath the smooth oats and toasted malts, are vibrant hops with a bitter bite.

“Having Avoine IPA only available in Chicago was just too much of a tease,” says Specialty Brand Manager and Blender Lauren Salazar. “I couldn’t resist bringing it back and sharing it with everyone. You just can’t get better than the Half Acre guys—we’ll always have a soft spot for them.”

Oatmeal IPA comes in at 6 percent ABV and 60 IBUs. Pricing varies by location. To find this beer and other 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 March 19, 2015 in Beer Styles

 

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Beer dinners return to Kickbacks with New Belgium Lost in the Woods event

FullSizeRender With the opening of Goozlepipe & Guttyworks expansion, Steve Flores has essentially quadrupled the size of his popular King Street Beer District anchor Kickback’s Gastropub. During the long construction phase of the project, Flores made the conscious decision to suspend hosting his popular beer dinners. But, the long drought is over with the highly successful event he hosted with New Belgium Brewing Company Saturday, February 7.

Nestled in the still-under-construction Belgian basement of G&G, the dinner was timed to coincide with the brewery’s annual Lost in the Woods event in Ft. Collins, Colo. The event in Colorado opens the doors of the brewery to lucky ticket-holders who are given a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery’s acclaimed sour beer program.

IMG_4988The Jacksonville event had diners seated in a dining and bar area reminiscent of a medieval brick beer cellar smack in the middle of Belgium. One could almost imagine robed monks toiling away behind the brick walls, making the kind of amazing beer they are known for.

Dinner consisted of eight courses; each paired with or made with one of New Belgium’s brews. But, it was the beer list that was truly impressive. Interspersed with the food were 25 beers including some of the most sought-after brews New Belgium has ever produced.

As the dinner unfolded, guest were treated to insightful information from local New Belgium Beer Ranger Kirsten Kelly. She related the story of how the brewery was founded and its dedication to green processes. She also provided details on how the beers being served were created.

Flores also provided details about his plans for the Belgian Basement. Once it is fully operational, the basement will serve only beers brewed in Belgium, not Belgian-style beers produced in other parts of the world. The IMG_4994basement will also feature catacombs for storing and aging beers, lockers that can be rented by guests to store their rare and vintage brews and a grand, circular tasting room reminiscent of the tasting rooms found in the great wine producing areas of the world.

For those interested in the beer list, guest were treated to:

  1. Fat Tire – New Belgium’s flagship amber ale, 5.2%.
  2. Lips of Faith Paardebloem – Brewed with Red Rock brewery, this is a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale brewed with peach juice, grains of paradise, dandelion greens and blended with wood-aged ale, 9%.
  3. Snapshot – A refreshingly tart American wheat ale, 5%.
  4. Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa – Brewed with Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, this is a Belgian-style Triple with hibiscus flowers and feijoa fruit, 9%.
  5. Lips of Faith Pluot – Another Belgian-style Triple, this time brewed with pluot (a cross between a plum and an apricot) juice, 10%.
  6. Lips of Faith Gratzer – Brewed in collaboration with 3 Floyds, this Polish-style beer is made with smoked wheat for a delicious smoky flavor, 4.5%.
  7. Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Hefeweizen – Brewed with cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime and cayenne pepper, 8%.
  8. Lips of Faith Gruit – Includes seasonings such as horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers, 6.6%.
  9. Slow Ride – A refreshingly and drinkable session IPA, 4.5%.
  10. Ranger – New Belgium’s flagship IPA, 6.5%.
  11. Rampant – An Imperial IPA weighing in at 8.5%.
  12. Portage – A smooth porter with flavors of chocolate and coffee, 6%.
  13. 1554 – Black lager, 5.6%.
  14. Trippel – Belgian-style tripel brewed with coriander, 7.8%.
  15. Lips of Faith Yuzu – An Imperial Berliner Weisse brewed with yuzu (an Asian citrus fruit) juice, 8%.
  16. Wild2 Dubbel – A Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with schisandra berries, 8%.
  17. Lips of Faith Anaheim and Marash Chilies Ale – Brewed with Cigar City Brewing Company this beer was aged on Spanish cedar spirals.
  18. Lips of Faith Cascura Quad – Belgian-style Quad brewed with date sugar and coffee cherries, 10%.
  19. Lips of Faith la Terrior – Dry-hopped sour ale aged in oak foeders for three years, 7.5%.
  20. Lips of Faith la Folie 2014 – Sour brown ale aged for one to three years in oak foeders, 7%.
  21. Lips of Faith la Folie 2015 — Sour brown ale aged for one to three years in oak foeders, 7%.
  22. Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek 2014 – Cherry lambic spontaneously fermented in Belgium with cherries and blended with golden ale, 8%.
  23. Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek 2015 – Cherry lambic spontaneously fermented in Belgium with cherries and blended with golden ale, 8%.
  24. NBB Love Leopold – American wild ale and Oscar blend aged in Leopold Brothers Distillery Blackberry Whiskey barrels, 9.5%.
  25. Salted Belgium Chocolate Stout – Brewed with Perennial Artisan Ales, this stout is brewed with cocoa powder and table salt, 9%.

Flores promised that the tradition of beer dinners would continue and that the next one would be in just a few months.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Beer Dinner

 

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Film clip submissions sought by New Belgium

unnamedAre you a budding film director? New Belgium Brewing Company wants to see your film.Now through April 1, the beer company is accepting submissions for their sixth annual Clips Beer & Film Tour.

Clips can cover a gamut of topics and must be between 10 seconds and five minutes long. Winning submissions will be featured at the traveling event and producers will win a specially produced beer in a custom screen-printed bottle along with the coveted director’s belt buckle.

For more details, read the official press release below.

Ft. Collins, Colo., – January 23, 2015 New Belgium Brewing is now accepting film submissions for its 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour. Selected films will travel to about 20 cities across the U.S., starting in May; the complete tour schedule is still being finalized. This year marks the sixth year of the Clips Beer & Film Tour; a beer-toting, film-traveling, non-profit-benefitting show that travels coast-to-coast and brings communities together to enjoy esoteric beers, while benefitting local organizations.

“The overlap in the creative spirit between film and beer-making communities is tremendous and we can’t wait to see what our inventive fans come up with this year,” said Jesse Claeys, Clips content wrangler. “Every year we end up with an incredible showcase of amazing work from animation and comedy sketches, to extreme sports and even miniature replicas. Tens of thousands of annual Clips attendees are excited to see which talented filmmakers decide to share their creativity during this year’s tour.”

All filmmakers who have their filming prowess featured in this year’s tour will receive an exclusive New Belgium beer in a custom screen-printed bottle. They will also receive a coveted and rare Director’s Belt Buckle.

Film submissions can range from 10 seconds to five minutes and must be original, creative content that touches on, but is definitely not limited to:

  • Craft Beer
  • Advocacy/Activism
  • Humor
  • Culture
  • Adventure
  • Art
  • Fun.

Last year, selected films ran the gamut on genres and topics, including a banana with an attitude, ultra marathoners running with stubborn animals, neon spandex, and much, much more! It’s a diverse and highly entertaining line-up with something for everyone.

New Belgium is now accepting submissions through April 1st at http://www.newbelgium.com/Events/clips-beer-and-film/submit-your-film.aspx. Filmmakers must be at least 21 years old and must secure rights for all elements included in the film.

During each Clips show, 100 percent of proceeds from beer sales directly benefits a local nonprofit working to improve the community. Last year, Clips Beer & Film Tour raised nearly $140,000 for local organizations and approximately 20,000 people sampled beer, viewed films, and diverted 80 percent of event waste from landfills. Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $506,417 for nonprofits nationwide.

For the latest information on Clips, go to http://www.newbelgium.com/Events/clips-beer-and-film.aspx. For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in Beer Festival

 

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