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New Belgium Teams up with Old Belgium for 2016 Lips of Faith Offerings

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration New Belgium Brewing is going back to its roots to pair up with four Belgian Breweries for its 2016 Lips of Faith portfolio. Lips of Faith offers quarterly beers that push the envelope on flavor, process and ingredient.

Transatlantique Kriek
This year started with the re-release of Transatlantic Kriek, New Belgium’s longest –running collaboration project since 2003’s version with Frank Boon. Transtalantic Kriek is a tart cherry lambic brewed for the second time with Oude Beersel brewery in Beersel, Belgium. Oude Beersel starts with a true spontaneously fermented cherry kriek and then New Belgium blends that base beer with 25 percent sour Felix from its wood foeders and 25 percent golden lager. The result is a beautifully balanced kriek beer, New Belgium’s first true sour collaboration, with plenty of pucker power, a tart cherry snap and wonderfully dry finish.

Transatlantique Kriek is 8 percent ABV and is available throughout 2016 in 22-oz. bombers and on draft.

Lips_of_Faith_Hof_Ten_Dormaal_4_Pack_Side_Perspective.jpg copyHof ten Dormaal Golden Ale
Hof ten Dormaal debuted this April in 12-oz four-packs, marking a packaging first for Lips of Faith beers, which were formerly found only in bombers and on draft. This beer is a collaboration with the Jannsens family, which runs Hof ten Dormaal in Tildonk, Belgium, pairing Old World ingredients with new world innovation. The Jannsens provided their Belgium yeast strain, giving delicate pear, banana and clove notes to the beer. Spelt, malted sunflower seeds, and wild carrot herbs provide a nutty, bready and grassy wash. Add in Saaz and Mosaic hops and you have spicy, tropical accents and a taste of the Belgian countryside in every sip.

Hof ten Dormaal is 7 percent ABV, 20 IBUs, and is now available in 12-oz four-packs and on draft. To learn more about the collaboration check out Hof ten Doormaal Collaboration, which includes a behind-the-scenes video on making this golden ale.

Lips_of_Faith_De_Koninck_4_Pack_Side_PerspectiveDe Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale
De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale, a collaboration with Antwerp, Belgium’s historic De Koninck Brewery, will release this summer. This beer will offer a pop of key lime and lemons. The fragrance of hibiscus, rose petals and strawberry-tinged Mistral hops will make it the ideal beer for soaking in summer days.

De Koninck Flowering Citrus Ale is 7.4 percent ABV, 30 IBUs, and will be available in four-packs and on draft June 20, 2016.

LOF_Anne-Francoise_Perspective_MAnne-Françoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale
The final beer in this Belgian-collaboration series is a spiced dark strong ale. Deep into Belgium’s Forêt d’Orval two brave brewmasters—Orval’s first female brewmaster Anne-Françoise Pypaert and New Belgium’s Peter Bouckaert—crafted Spiced Dark Strong Ale. They brought spruce tips and medium-toasted American oak to this brooding chocolaty beer, and then wove deeply herbal French Sprisselspalt and spicy Liberty and Willamette hops into the mix. A dash of grains of paradise offers a beam of citrusy light.

Anne-Françoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale is 9.5 percent ABV, 25 IBUs, and will be available in four-packs and on draft October 3, 2016.

To find any of these beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: NewBelgium.com/Beer/Finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Modeapp.

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewBelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

Fat Tire flowing from New Belgium’s Asheville Brewery

New Belgium Brewing’s flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale is flowing from their Asheville brewery and heading toward draft lines and cold boxes across the eastern United States. With production ramping up over the next few years, the 500,000 barrel capacity, 127,000 square-foot brewery gives the country’s fourth-largest craft brewer 1.5 million barrels of total capacity.

“This is truly a proud moment for all of us here at New Belgium,” said Christine Perich, New Belgium President and CEO. “Over the last 25 years, we have grown from a basement operation to a state-of-the-art brewery with homes on both sides of the country. So many folks have leaned in and helped along the way, we’d love to just take a moment and raise a glass to say ‘thank you’.”

New Belgium Brewing started in the basement of a Fort Collins, Colorado home in 1991 and this year will mark the company’s 25th anniversary. The Asheville brewery will focus on producing Fat Tire, while also flavor matching test brews for Ranger IPA and 1554 to finish commissioning the Asheville brewery. They will ramp up brands based on demand. The east coast locale minimizes their distribution footprint and enables the brewery to engage with guests in a meaningful way through tastings and tours.

“In my two decades working with New Belgium, Fat Tire has never tasted so satisfying,” said Asheville Brewing Manager Alex Dwoinen, reflecting on the accomplishment. “Sipping Asheville brewed Fat Tire in Asheville will definitely be added as one of my best Fat Tire memories.”

The Asheville Liquid Center tasting room will open May 2, 2016 and brewery tours will begin later this summer. New Belgium will host an August 27, 2016 CeleBEERation in Asheville, marking their 25th anniversary and Asheville opening. Tickets will be available atwww.NewBelgium.com this summer.

New Belgium’s Hop Tart an easy drinking summer sour

New Belgium Brewing celebrates summer with a sessionable, fruity spin on the typical American sour. Hop Tart is New Belgium’s latest Hop Kitchen offering, blending Belgian Pale Malt from the Colorado Malting Company, with tart lactobacillus and fruity hops. The result is a refreshing, easy drinker, perfect for fun in the sun. The beer is available on draft only in New Belgium markets.

Hop Tart’s lactobacillus offers just the slightest hint of sour that propels bursts of passion fruit, guava and pineapple, courtesy of hefty Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and Experimental Hop 522 dry-hopping.

“We developed Hop Tart based on our Snapshot brewing process, which is a unique way of souring wort,” said Matty Gilliland (aka Matty Smooth), brewing process analyst at New Belgium Brewing. “It runs in the same vein as some of our recent, popular sours, like Le Terroir and Ted’s Beer, a hoppy Berlinerweiss. The combination of tartness and hops is a clear winner, so we know our sour fans will love Hop Tart!”

At five percent ABV and 30 IBUs, Hop Tart offers a hoppy easy drinker. It’s available now through July. Pricing varies by location.

To find Hop Tart near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: NewBelgium.com/Beer/Finder.

If you want to learn more about how New Belgium ‘sours’ their beers, they’ve kindly provided a couple of videos:

And, last but not least, learn why beers like Hop Tart are soured in stainless while other sours from New Belgium get the wood treatment:

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook atFacebook.com/NewBelgium.com and Twitter @NewBelgium.

New Belgium’s Portage Porter celebrates Spring runoff

The snowfall from winter leads to great runoff in spring and New Belgium Brewing’s spring seasonal, Portage Porter, celebrates the melting off and returning to the water. The snowmelt can create intense rapids that cause thrill seekers to portage their boats, especially along the rocky banks of the Cache la Poudre river, the local source of water and fun that runs by New Belgium. To honor these water warriors who anxiously await the spring, New Belgium’s Portage Porter is coming out ahead of the warm weather, and is available now through March 2015.

 

At six percent ABV and 24 IBUs, this beer is a perfect bridge style for the spring season. Portage Porter takes the buoyant aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate and almonds, and steers them toward a silky-smooth mouthfeel, rolling one sip into another. This American porter rings true to traditional style expectations, with a New Belgium twist. Added American-style hops further the original rich, roasty complexity while keeping the hop bitterness in balance. The beer pours an opaque brown, has an upfront sweetness and a creamy medium body that is easy drinking and refreshing. It features Pale, Munich, Black and Chocolate malts, along with Target and Nugget hops.

“With New Belgium Brewing so close to the Cache la Poudre river, there’s a lot of us at the brewery that love to kayak and paddle,” said New Belgium’s Collaboration Business Analyst, Tye Eyden. “This time of year is great because the snowmelt begins and the rivers start to rise. But, often times, that will bring precarious conditions and rapids that we might have to portage around. Portage Porter pays tribute to that awesome experience – the obstacles are part of the fun!”

Portage Porter is available in 12 oz. bottles. Pricing varies by location.

To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newbelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

New Belgium’s Wintertime Favorites Return

With the first snowfall already arriving for some, it’s starting to feel more and more like winter, which means the return of beloved cold-weather favorites from New Belgium Brewing. Accumulation White IPA and 2° Below Winter Ale can be found on shelves now, with Frambozen arriving November 11. This year marks Frambozen’s twenty-first birthday. Frambozen is one of the few New Belgium special release beers to return every year and Accumulation and 2° Below are joining the ranks as festive favorites.

Accumulation White IPA is all about the hops and the wheat. This beer pours an unfiltered white-gold tone as a snowy head drifts atop. Mosaic and Amarillo hops offer an unmistakable tropical aroma. This white IPA is a counterpunch to the traditional practice of brewing dark beers for winter and offers hops that create a nice, bitter balance against soft peach and citrus flavors. Accumulation drinks like a proper American-style IPA, despite its wheat beer appearance and creamy, refreshing notes. Accumulation is available now through January 2015 and comes in at 6.2 percent ABV and 55 IBUs.

Illustrating New Belgium’s love for Belgium-style brewing, 2° Below Winter Ale brings a bright, warming blast of Sterling and Liberty hops with tawny-roasted malts making it the perfect beer after a long day on the slopes. This beer is dry-hopped during fermentation, creating a rosy, floral nose with a hint of pepper spice and estery undertones. Pushing the beer into a final, nearly freezing state brings out a brilliant clarity in the pour. 2° Below is 6.6 percent ABV and 33 IBUs, and available now through January 2015.

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For Frambozen, the brewery’s unique Raspberry Brown Ale, it’s a milestone year as the beer turns 21. Named after the Flemish word for raspberries, Frambozen pops with fresh, tart and fruity complexity, backed by nutty, chocolate and caramel malts. New Belgium takes great care in its raspberry selection for this beer – per tradition, the brewery sends delegates to the Pacific Northwest to select freshly picked berries, which then become pure juice that is used during the fermentation stage. Frambozen is 6.5 percent ABV. It is available from November 11 to January 2015.

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. For a look at New Belgium’s year-round portfolio, visit http://www.newbelgium.com/Beer/year-round.aspx.

New Belgium’s Tour de Fall is Tour de Fat in a bottle

New Belgium Brewing’s new fall seasonal, Tour de Fall,  celebrates Tour de Fat, the brewery’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement. As the ten-city tour begins the second half of the 2014 schedule this American-style Pale Ale will also hit the road and be available in New Belgium markets across the country through October. At six percent ABV and 38 IBUs, this beer is a go-to for the fall. Pale malt, chocolate rye and caramel add a slight bitter-sweet flavor and a red hue to the pour. Hops dominate its aroma with pine, floral, tangerine, lemon rind and tropical fruit notes.

“This well-balanced, crisp beer is perfect for fall,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster, Grady Hull. “It’s not spiced like a lot of other fall beers, instead, Tour de Fall is dry-hopped with two different hop varieties, making it refreshing, light and easy to drink.”

Tour de Fall is available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft. Pricing varies by location.

In addition to Tour de Fall, this fall New Belgium brings back Saison Harvest Ale in the new Fall Folly Packs. In the Can Folly Packs1554 Black Lager, is joining the mix – its can debut. Last year’s Pumpkick Pumpkin Ale will also be available in limited release.

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To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.
 
For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/newbelgium.com and Twitter @NewBelgium.

New Belgium and 3 Floyds Unearth an Old Polish Craft to Create Grätzer

3 Floyds, a small brewery in Munster, Ind. with a big reputation, and New Belgium Brewing, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., have partnered to create Grätzer. This bold-flavored ale brings back to life the long-buried Grätzer style from Poland, which primarily uses oak-smoked wheat. This collaboration beer also incorporates Midnight Wheat malt, which provides a mild sweetness. It pours pure black and has a subtle, spicy note from Polish Lublin Hops. At 4.5% ABV and 30 IBUs, Grätzer is sessionable and has a nice, light body, despite its dark appearance.

“The beer turned out really refreshing and the tartness complements the smoke and makes the whole drinking experience harmonious,” said Chris Boggess, Head Brewer at 3 Floyds. “We’re also excited about the label art. We tried our best to push for some gruesome artwork and the label is pretty brutal – gooey brains and zombies!”

“We definitely had a fun time partnering with them to create Grätzer,” said Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s wood cellar manager and sensory specialist. “3 Floyds is in the heart of the Midwest and although they have limited distribution they are known far and wide for some amazing beers, so it was an honor to partner alongside them.”

Grätzer is available now through September, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.

To find New Belgium beers near you, visit the libation locator at http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.

New Belgium’s summer “Fat Tire Experience” campaign celebrates unexpected pairings

New Belgium Brewing launches its 2014 ‘Pairs Well with People’ summer campaign this week, which highlights the Fat Tire Experience. The campaign has a mix of TV spots, digital videos, hidden talent discovery, story sharing and weekly prizes. The campaign runs now through Labor Day 2014.

The TV spots celebrate bicycling’s “underground” scenes from bike jousting to junkyard cyclocross racing and even Fat Tire-loving Chopaderos with surprises of their own. To see the spots visit NewBelgium.com/FatTireExperience.

“This year’s Pairs Well with People really showcases summertime communal fun and the bike communities who have long championed Fat Tire,” said Melyssa Mead, creative director at New Belgium Brewing. “They may live right at the edges of mainstream bike culture, but they’re also really innovative risk takers you’ll remember. Through our site and social channels we’re inviting everyone to experience unconventional bike tales, to meet up with us at summer events, and to take advantage of the many opportunities to win.”

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Discover Hidden Talents
By answering a few basic questions about (“I’m happiest with a _______ in my hand,” “My spirit animal is a __________” or “You’ll never catch me wearing ________”), New Belgium will pair you with a Fat Tire experience. Some examples include bike jousting, cyclocross or bike dancing.

Embrace a Round of Bike Jousting
The Fat Tire Experience brings bike jousting to mobile phones through a fast-paced, multiplayer game, which users can download for Android or iOS. The game puts players in the bike seat to play against friends.

Read Inside Stories from Outsiders
New Belgium will collect and share stories about groups of interesting people finding unconventional uses for the bike while following their passion.

Win the Fat Tire Experience
For those who want to win prizes, all they have to do is create or log into their existing New Belgium account and read, download or share Pairs Well with People content with their networks. Doing this will give them opportunities to win plenty of cool prizes from coolers and Hydro Flask growlers to the grand prize: a chance to ride with the Chopaderos and be a VIP at Tour de Fat 2014 in San Diego.

To check out the campaign, play some bike jousting and see first-hand what this year’s Pairs Well with People campaign is all about check outhttp://www.newbelgium.com/FatTireExperience.

Summer Helles the newest seasonal release from New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing has released Summer Helles, the brewery’s summer seasonal. It was originally created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of both Telluride’s famed Bluegrass Festival and Rockygrass Festival. Due to its popularity at those events, New Belgium decided to give more people a chance to enjoy Summer Helles and made it the latest seasonal.

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The beer style, Helles, was born in the 1890’s in a Munich brewery and means “light” or “bright” in German. Summer Helles, a traditional German-style lager, is definitely light but has a substantial body with delicate malty flavors, perfect for summer.

The aroma is full of fresh grains, spicy hops and sweet corn and honey reminiscent of Honey Comb cereal. New Belgium added some lager yeast to the brewing process to create a crisp finish with slightly fruity, apple-like esters that don’t mask the spicy, herbal hops and toasty malts. Summer Helles pours a bright gold color with a slight sheen and nice white foam.

“Helles is a style we’ve always enjoyed playing around with,” said Grady Hull, New Belgium’s Assistant Brewmaster. “People really loved it in the festival setting because the drinkability is hard to beat. It pairs well with spicy and savory foods but you could also chase down a butter rum ice cream cone with equally great results.”

For additional food pairings, you can match Summer Helles with a dish like pork chops and peaches served with couscous. The bright, bold and sweet flavors in this dish are the perfect fit for the malty sweetness of the beer. Grilled trout and potato salad pair nicely as well, along with a squeeze of lemon to accentuate the flavors of the fish and counterpart the beer.

Summer Helles carries the pleasant sweetness of pale and German Pils malts, and levels off with the light and noble bitterness of Hallertau and Tettnang hops. It is 5 percent ABV and 21 IBUs, finishing crisp and dry. Summer Helles is available in 12-oz. bottles and on draft now through July, or while supplies last.

To find locations where New Belgium is sold, visit the libation locator at www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx and to learn more about New Belgium visit www.newbelgium.com.

New Belgium’s RyePA Looks to the Future, while Gruit Goes Back in Time

With the groundbreaking of the Asheville, N.C. facility just a few short months away, New Belgium Brewing is celebrating the second Mothership coming to life by teaming up with Asheville’s own artisan maltster, Riverbend Malt House. The two collaborated on New Belgium’s latest Hop Kitchen release, RyePA. The India Pale Ale, which is brewed with Carolina RyeTM and malted by Riverbend, boasts a bold blend of Simcoe, Galaxy, Cascade, and Mosaic hops, giving it some spicy notes and aromas.

“Some may wonder about basing a Hop Kitchen beer on a malt, but this malt plays up hop flavors and aromas so well, it’s like a mash made in heaven…or Asheville, which isn’t too shabby,” said Matty “Smooth” Gilliland, brewing process analyst with New Belgium Brewing. “The team at Riverbend is an inspiring group and they rallied together to ramp up their production to help make this collaboration possible.”

RyePA comes in at 75 IBUs and 7.5% ABV. To read more about the backstory behind RyePA visit – www.newbelgium.com/Community/Blog/14-02-24/Matty-Smooth-on-RyePA.aspx.

Gruit Ale is the latest Lips of Faith release and uses an ancient brewing style of incorporating herb mixtures into beer. This ale is brewed with pale and Munich malts, along with wheat and oats. Other ingredients include Bog Myrtle, Horehound, Yarrow, Wormwood and Elderflower, making for an herbal, almost mint-like and floral bouquet with a bittered root taste. The flavor is bold, with the botanicals playing a big role. Gruit is 6.6% ABV.

Both RyePA and Gruit are available in 22-ounce bombers and on draft, now through late May, or while supplies last.

To find locations where New Belgium is sold, visit the libation locator at www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx and to learn more about New Belgium visit www.newbelgium.com.