New Belgium Reveals Next Hop Kitchen and Lips of Faith Beers

New Belgium Brewing’s two newest quarterly Lips of Faith offerings, Cigar City + New Belgium Collaboration Ale and Wild2 Dubbel are now out for all to enjoy. Collaborations have become a favorite in the Lips of Faith line and this meeting of the minds with Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing continues that tradition. Wild2 Dubbel will reintroduce the soon-to-be-famous Schisandra fruit to beer lovers everywhere.

The Cigar City + New Belgium Collaboration Ale beer starts with a fruity, citrus nose, followed by an abundance of Cascade, Pacific Jade and Wakatu hops. Anaheim and Marash chilies usher in a flavor that starts sweet, gets tangy and finishes spicy and tannic. Spanish Cedar spirals were added for some subtle woody and tobacco tones and a Bier de Garde yeast brings zesty phenols for topping. ABV 8.5%.

“This playful,  full-bodied beer will be a delight in Florida, Colorado and everywhere in between,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “Meanwhile, Wild2 Dubbel is in a class of its own, offering a traditional, Belgian-style dubbel with a wild side.”

Wild2 Dubbel is full of dark and robust malts creating deep chestnut tones and a tawny haze. Along with brettanomyces, this beer is spiced with the mysterious and splendid Schisandra, known as the five flavored fruit, bringing a complex peppery and pineapple push to top the banana and bubblegum notes of the Trappist yeast. The beer opens sweet and creamy, mingles with the tropic tones of the conditioning bretta, and finishes with a dry, warm spice. ABV 8%.

Over in the Hop Kitchen Series, this season’s Fresh Hop is a medium-full bodied IPA made with certified salmon-safe Oregon hops that are picked fresh off the vine and trucked directly to our brew kettle. It starts out malty sweet, builds in some bitterness with a long bitter linger. Learn more about certified salmon-safe hops at www.salmonsafe.org. Fresh Hop is 7% ABV and 75 IBUs.

“Fresh Hop is made with salmon-safe Crystal and Sterling hops that are grown using practices that ensure healthy watersheds that allow native salmon to spawn and thrive,” added Hull. “We are proud to support the efforts of farmers who work hard for that salmon-safe designation. It makes the beer taste that much more satisfying.”

To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx. Pricing varies by location. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

New Belgium announces new Winter seasonal – Accumulation

Accumulation_12oz_Bottle_Shot 2As the first snow starts to fall in the Colorado mountains, thoughts of “accumulation” are in the air. To celebrate the white of winter, New Belgium has released Accumulation, a seasonal White IPA that is all about hops and wheat. Accumulation pours unfiltered, with a white-gold tone, offering tropical aromas from the Mosaic and Amarillo hops. It also has a nice bitter bite balanced against the soft flavor of peaches and a hint of citrus.

“Typically the winter months bring darker beers, however we’re going against the grain this year by delivering an exciting White IPA,” said Grady Hull, New Belgium’s assistant brewmaster. “This beer is a hoppy wonderland. It’s big and bright, yet the addition of wheat gives it a unique twist and smooth finish.”

Accumulation White IPA shares the look of a wheat beer, along with the creamy and refreshing notes associated with wheat beers, but drinks like a proper American-style IPA. Accumulation White IPA is 6.2% ABV and 60 IBUs.

To celebrate the arrival of Accumulation White IPA, New Belgium has created a free game, which will run November 1 through December 31, called Accumulate Hops. The game rewards players for doing things they already do, like visiting NewBelgium.com, using New Belgium’s Beer Mode app and going to New Belgium tours and events.

To play, simply visit NewBelgium.com, login or create an account, then cruise the site, use the app or attend events to earn points and limited edition badges. Clues on New Belgium’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts will also reveal additional ways to earn points. The more points earned, the more badges you’ll get. Each badge gives you more chances to win the grand prize for an all-expenses-paid ski trip to Colorado. New Belgium will also randomly reward other users with New Belgium schwag.

To find out if Accumulation White IPA is sold near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer.aspx. Pricing varies by location. You can follow New Belgium on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

New Belgium Begins Asheville Brewery Construction

New Belgium Brewing will resume site work this November on its Asheville location along the French Broad River in preparation for ground-breaking next spring. Contractors will focus on flood plain mitigation, erosion control and concrete removal through the end of the year. Starting in January and running through spring, operations will shift to soil mitigation. Earth moving subcontractors will be hired in November and will begin trucking in dirt by early 2014 for flood plain mitigation. Current schedule projections show the site as “pad-ready” in late spring 2014 at which time building construction will commence. It is estimated that the Asheville brewery will be ready for production in late 2015.

“We are excited to enter this next phase of site preparation and building construction,” said New Belgium’s Asheville General Manager, Jay Richardson. “Adolphson + Peterson will begin site preparation in November, with groundbreaking scheduled for Spring 2014. Our current schedule has us producing beer in Asheville by the end of 2015 and a fine day that will be.”

New Belgium anticipates hiring 50 positions prior to opening the doors in 2015 and expects to create 140 jobs at full buildout between the brewery and distribution center. Many of these job openings will begin posting in mid 2015. New Belgium made its first Asheville hire this fall, bringing on board Asheville resident and engineer, Gabe Quisenberry, formerly with Mattern + Craig who will serve as Operations Support Manager.

The brewery will ultimately produce 500,000 barrels of beer per year and will feature production and packaging operations as well as a touring and tasting facility. Negotiations are moving forward to secure a second site for the distribution center as well.  The distribution center will be built at the same time as the brewery. New Belgium is finalizing negotiations with the seller and will announce the site location upon completion. The distribution center will be the hub for distributing product to the east coast and will be located in an industrial area.

Updates to the community are provided at these channels: www.NewBelgium.com/AshevilleBrewery or 888-598-9552.

New Belgium Brewing announces Ohio distribution partners

New Belgium Brewing is happy to announce it has signed deals with nine wholesale partners to distribute its beer across Ohio when the Fort Collins, Colorado brewer opens that state on December 16, 2013. New Belgium will roll into the Buckeye State with a mix of 22-oz Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Seasonal Release (Accumulation White IPA) and Lips of Faith beers. Some draft may come online in the initial rollout as well. Ohio will be New Belgium’s 35th state of distribution.

“We’re excited about Ohio,” said New Belgium’s Sales Co-Pilot, Brian “BK” Krueger. “This has been long in the works and now that expansion projects have brought on additional capacity here in Fort Collins the time is right.”

New Belgium OH partners are as follows:

Superior Beverage Group – MillerCoors
Heidelberg Dist. (Dayton, Toledo, Lorain and a portion of Columbus) 
Stagnaro Distributing Co. – MillerCoors
Bonbright Dist. Co- MillerCoors
Classic Brands of Ohio – ABI
Choice Beverage – ABI
Matesich Dist. Co.- ABI
Muxie Dist – ABI/MillerCoors
Spriggs Dist.  – ABI

New Belgium is planning to release its portfolio-wide packaging refresh in OH this December pending TTB final approval. The new look will enter all other markets in January of 2014.