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New Belgium to release two new brews

New_Belgium_Sign_March_2017Two new flavors will be available from New Belgium in the next few weeks. The first, Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA, follows the current trend of juicy hops-forward IPAs.

The second is a  sour farmhouse ale aged in oak barrels named fittingly, French Oak Saison. Interestingly, this saison is a blend of a Wallonia-style saison with a soured golden ale.

Get more information about each beer below in the official press release.

Ft. Collins, Colo. – April 17, 2017 – New Belgium Brewing’s Voodoo Ranger line is adding a special release series to the mix. First up is Voodoo Ranger Juicy Mandarina IPA, an unfiltered wheat IPA. It bursts with citrus and juicy tropical flavors and features German Mandarina Bavaria and Australian Galaxy hops.

Juicy Mandarina IPA pours a hazy orange and comes in at 6.5% ABV. It’s available this spring in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

French Oak Saison

Another special release addition to the New Belgium lineup, although not part of the Voodoo Ranger family, is French Oak Saison. This barrel aged sour farmhouse ale is a limited release. French Oak Saison brings together a dry, hop-forward Wallonia-style saison with a golden ale, which is soured in French oak foeders for 15-18 months. Rye and spelt grains give the beer a medium body, while Huell Melon and Tettnang hops provide a honeydew and white pepper aroma.

This saison has a mouthwatering sourness with a clean, dry finish. It comes in at 7.5% ABV and is now available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

 

To find Juicy Mandarina and French Oak Saison near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app.

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Posted by on April 18, 2017 in Beer, Beer Releases

 

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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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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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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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New Belgium joins with Winter Park ski resort

new-belgium-brewery-logoSnow skiers that are also craft beer lovers have reason to rejoice during their après ski celebrations at Winter Park Resort in Colorado. According to an article in the Denver Business Journal, skiers will be able to purchase New Belgium products throughout the resort.

In an era of collaborations, the New Belgium/Winter Park pairing is notable because both companies are titans in Colorado. Winter Park is the fourth largest ski resort in the state and New Belgium is the largest craft brewer in Colorado and the third largest in the country. Bringing these two companies together is a major coup for both.

In the Denver Business Journal article, New Belgium spokesman Bryan Simpson  said, “Winter Park is a Colorado institution and we’re delighted to be pouring our beers at the end of the day. There is something absolutely blissful about riding and skiing hard all day and wrapping that up with a well-earned beer with friends.”

Skiers and visitors to the resort can expect to find New Belgium flagship brews like Fat Tire and Ranger along with seasonals and specialty beers. In addition, the brewery will create a new beer exclusively for the resort named Mary Jane Ale after the popular back bowl skiing area. Mary Jane will be a hoppy ale perfect for those who like a little bite from their brews.

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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Craft Beer Brewery

 

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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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