It’s important to know that wheat allergies are typically
gluten allergies. The fraction of gluten that causes allergies is called
prolamin and it exists in different forms in wheat, barley and rye.
Beers that contain wheat can range from 100 ppm to 200 ppm prolamin and
beers that do not contain wheat can range from 4 ppm to 30 ppm
prolamin. The government considers anything under 10 ppm prolamin and
20 ppm gluten to be “gluten free”. Please be aware that non-wheat beers
contain gluten too and most craft beers are not “gluten free”. Fat Tire, for example, is 76 ppm gluten, and therefore might cause an allergic reaction in folks who are allergic!
Specifically, the following beers contain wheat and if you have an allergy, you should definitely avoid:
Wit, Sunshine Wheat, Biere de Mars, Dandelion Ale, Dark Kriek, Eric’s
Ale, Imperial Berliner Style Weisse Ale, Le Fleur Misseur Ale, Le
Terroir Dry hopped Sour Ale, Transatlantique Kriek, Hoptober, Snow Day
and Ken’s Hefe.
You can check this out for yourself on The Beer Masher!
Select “Grain” on the left menu and then select any grain that contains
the word “wheat” to view all of the beers we make with wheat!
The lower right label of a bottle and the bottom of a can lists a 9
digit number indicating the package date. Look at the first 6 numbers
for a date. The brew number 100930021, for example, means this beer was
packaged on September 30, 2010. The first two digits indicate the year
(10), the next two indicate the month (09) and the final two indicate
the day of the month the beer was packaged (30). Check out the best
before date listed on your label to make sure you’re drinking fresh and
that tasty NBB beer we all love!
See an example of New Belgium Date Code Locations!!
In general, the following set up will be the best for enjoying your NBB beer!
Ideal Temperature: 38°F
Pressure: 16 psi (pounds per square inch) (This is the set up for Fort
Collins at about 5000 feet above sea level – check out the resources
below for ideal pressures at a different elevations.)
Ideal Line Length: 6.5 feet of 3/16” ID (Inner Diameter) tubing. We recommend pouring a little slower to make pouring easier, so you can add a couple of feet to that and still be safe.
find out how these values were determined, establish the perfect set up
for your elevation and beer, or to learn more about the science of
setting up a proper keg draught system, make sure you check out The Basics of Draught Dispense and the CO2 Selection Chart!
One of the main points of our organizational structure is that
we are an employee owned business. We operate as an ESOP (Employee
Stock Ownership Plan) and practice open book management. Ownership
privileges are granted at an employee's one year anniversary. Along
with the financial benefits of employee ownership program comes the
cultural foundation of our company, which is highly family and community
oriented. Here is a brief description of how our company management is
You can learn all about our efforts toward giving back and supporting causes we believe in on the Philanthropy section of our website.
Due to ever-changing writs, laws and a miasma of bureaucracy,
New Belgium does not ship beer directly to individuals. We do mail order
soft goods (shirts, hats and the like) from our Groovy Goods store on this website.
you live outside our area of distribution, your best bet for procuring
our beers is a road trip (what fun!). Come to Colorado and visit our tasting room where the beers are free, the tours are informative, and your hosts are both dashing and charismatic.
Good question. Crucial, really. We are currently in 28 states plus the District of Columbia at this time with a lot of uncharted territory in the
You can check our Libation Locator for an up to date listing: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator
We seem to sell lots of beer these days, generally limited by our capacity at the brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
to find out more information on when beers are brewed. Also, take a look at our fantastic Beer Masher to dig deep into our beers raw materials and other goodness.
We generally use...
We strive to source our ingredients and raw materials as locally and sustainably as possible, while balancing quality, availability and performance. Check out our Resource Locator to see where our brewing and packaging raw materials are coming from. Our Sustainable Purchasing Guidelines help us to select vendors who emphasize environmental and social responsibility in their operations.
We work to source our packaging as locally & sustainably as possible while balancing quality, safety, performance and availability. Our glass bottles, which are the biggest piece of our carbon footprint, are sourced just down the road from the brewery in Windsor, Colorado, and our cans come from about 55 miles away in Golden. Our paperboard for 6-pack & 12-pack carriers comes from California. Our 6-pack carriers and canned beer 12-pack paperboard are both 100% recycled content. Our bottled beer 12-pack paperboard is approximately 83% recycled content, with the virgin fiber coming from an FSC Certified source. As we expand our operations and build our second home in North Carolina, we are evaluating where to best source our packaging for East Coast production.
We are proud to say that 99.9% of our waste is diverted from the landfill. In general, we believe in closing loops, reducing total amount of waste generated, and finding ways to repurpose or recycle whatever waste we still generate. One great way to repurpose a waste stream is to turn it into energy. Our Merlin kettle in the brewhouse captures and reuses the steam coming off of a boil to speed up other steps in the brewing process. Our onsite process water treatment plant generates methane-rich biogas from our production wastewater. This methane is harnessed and sent back to the
brewery, where it is used to power a generator during peak load hours, accounting for about 15% of our electricity needs. Our largest waste stream is our spent grain, which we sell to a local farmer who feeds it to his cattle. We also have a sophisticated recycling center, and we encourage our employees to be mindful of the
lifecycle of the resources we use on a daily basis. To learn more, please check out the Waste Diversion section of our website.
Spent grain makes up a whopping 98% of our waste stream. Our spent grain goes to a local cattle farmer who uses it as feed. Visit the Waste Diversion section of our website to learn more about our waste stream and our efforts toward becoming a zero waste company.
Our water comes from the City of Fort Collins, where it is sourced from the Poudre River and Horsetooth Reservoir. The Poudre runs right through Fort Collins, and Horsetooth Reservoir, situated on the western edge of Fort Collins, is sourced from the Colorado River. Both of these beautiful rivers have their headwaters in the high country of Colorado. Mmmmm… crystal clean snowmelt goodness!
We generate almost 20% of our electricity needs onsite. About 4.5% comes from our two solar photovoltaic arrays located on the roof of our packaging hall, and 15% comes from biogas captured at our onsite process water treatment plant.
Why not start a pilot program?
We hope this information gives you a little insight to what we have learned here. We still think this discussion has a legitimate seat at the table and hope to help it evolve in the future. Ultimately, our environment will benefit from all manufacturers taking responsibility for their products at the end of their life cycles, and adopting cradle-to-cradle technologies.
While we are rarely expanding our small sustainability team, your best bet is to keep an eye on the jobs page for a position that's suited to your skillset and interests.
We are honored to receive so many great inquiries regarding our sustainability efforts. As much as we would love to connect with each and every person & project, it is not possible. Due to the number of projects on our plates and the requirements needed to keep them moving forward, we don’t have the resources and time to answer all requests.
We do, however, have a number of resources which may help to answer some of your questions:
Thank you for your understanding and support!