• How to pair New Belgium beer with basketball

    What time is it? It’s time for the Big Dance. Since national productivity is going to grind to a halt once basketball tip-offs start in the coming days, we figured it’s as good a time as any to crack open some beers, sit back, and watch some games. Over the next few days, we’re putting together some of our favorite beer-game pairings to maximize your basketball enjoyment (or, at least, our basketball enjoyment). To help us out, we caught up with New Belgium’s resident basketball expert and Wisconsin Beer Ranger James Marks to suggest some picks. Stay tuned as the games roll out, because this is clearly some important stuff and you're welcome.
    SATURDAY’S GAMES: For our weekend pairings, we didn’t have enough time to ...

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  • Inside Look: Our sour beer program


    Everything you'd ever want to know about our sour beer program can be found in this extensive video playlist. Pop open a beer, hit play, and enjoy!

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  • Oatmeal IPA on tap near you

    A cushion, buffer, or a pillow—however you describe it, a spoonful of oats helps the hops go down. For newest Hop Kitchen Series release, we’ve brewed the silky-smooth, ultra-tropical Oatmeal IPA, a collaboration with our Chicago friends at Half Acre Beer Co. Over the last two years, our Hop Kitchen Series has been a springboard for launching new adventures in hops. We’ve introduced the delicate French Aramis hop variety to our fans, traveled down the road of hybrids with a Hoppy Bock, and trekked around the world with last year’s globally flavored Hop the Pond. A few times, we’ve even invited friends along for the adventure: We’ve teamed up with neighbors Odell Brewing for FOCOllaboration APA, and San Diego’s Alpine for multiple rounds of ...

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  • Holy moly, it’s Cocoa Molé!

    So, big news here: Lips of Faith Cocoa Molé is back. Yep, you read that correctly. Our spicy, chocolaty porter is back on shelves after about a three-year hiatus. If you’re familiar with it, well chances are you’ve stopped reading this already and are on your way to the store. Godspeed, dear friend. As for everyone else, let’s chat about this kickass beer.
    Cocoa Molé is the brainchild of New Belgium’s assistant brewmaster Grady Hull. Hull loves his wife’s chicken molé, or more specifically, he really loves the molé sauce she makes. So, a few years back, while coming up with ideas for a new seasonal beer, Hull’s favorite sauce crossed his mind. He pitched the idea, and then headed out to a Denver spice ...

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  • Yep, our foeders have pretty rad names

    We have a pretty awesome time drinking the sour ale that comes out of our large collection of foeders. But, before that happens, blender Lauren Salazar has a pretty awesome time naming them. Although each foeder's tagged with a specific identification number, their given names can be a quick reference for things like flavor attributes and where they're located on the wood cellar floor. Plus, they're pretty funny, too. See for yourself:
    Foeder No. 1 (#1): Not only is it the first foeder, but it’s the go-to, sure-thing foeder, making it No. 1 king of the castle. Foeder No. 2 (#2): It was the second foeder, and also a go-to for blending. Cherry Go Lightly (#9): Originally known for its rich cherry notes. Soleil ...

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  • How to build a Slow Ride couch bike

    Bikes are great, and I love them and ride them, but one complaint I've always had is they are dang uncomfortable. Being hunched over on a tiny, awkward throne isn't my idea of a leisure activity. Enter the couch bike... You may have noticed one on the label for our new Slow Ride Session IPA. It was inspired in part by the many varieties of couch bike that come out for our traveling bike and beer festival, the Tour de Fat (which the Slow Ride is also named after). We took it one step further and ACTUALLY BUILT the bike featured on our label. Now, we've received more than a few requests for a "how to" on creating one's own couch bike. So we ...

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  • Recap: Lost in the Woods 2015 was epic

    Last Saturday night, we opened up our wood cellar to roughly 800 fans for Lost in the Woods, our annual release party for La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek. The party kicked off with our exclusive sour symposium, where guests mingled with New Belgium's wood cellar crew and Oud Beersel's Gert Christiaens (our Belgian collab partner for this year's Transatlantique Kriek) and drew samples of sour beer directly from our wood foeders. After that, an epic party ensued, featuring DJs, live jazz, magicians and lots of sour beer (LOTS of sour beer).  Tokens for beer samples. 
    Signs indicated the various attributes of our foeders.
    Symposium guests were invited to wander through the foeders and pour samples from the wood.
    Wood cellar manager Eric Salazar ...

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  • Release notes: The 2015 blend of La Folie is out now

    It’s February, which means this year’s blend of La Folie is headed your way. If you’ve had La Folie before, you get why we’re pretty pumped for its return. This year, our blender Lauren Salazar pulled sour beer (called Oscar) from 13 different foeders to orchestrate a super complex profile that’s packed with delicious high notes of juicy grape and cherry, and backed by deep, rustic tartness and woody flavors. It’s pretty badass. Inspired by the sour reds and oud bruins of Belgium’s Flanders region—our Belgian brewmaster Peter Bouckaert came to us from Rodenbach, which pretty much makes the classic example of a Flanders red ale—La Folie is our nod to Old World sour beer culture, and we’ve been making it since 1999....

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  • The Wetlands Initiative


    Beer is a water-based agricultural product. Its three main ingredients are water, barley, and hops, and we are acutely aware that we need healthy, flowing rivers and thriving farmland in order to keep making this sweet, sweet nectar. For this reason, water stewardship and sustainable agriculture are two of the main areas of focus of our philanthropy program. We greatly admire all of the folks working toward a sustainable future for water and agriculture, and we want to highlight one of our recent water stewardship grant recipients here on the blog today.  The Wetlands Initiative was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damages. Their vision ...

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  • Let's stop and talk Salmon Safe hops


    Hops — we all love 'em. In many cases the more hops the merrier (just ask my counterpart here at the NBB Blog, Chris (he's a bit of a hop-head)). But, as with all things agricultural, hop growing has a definite impact on the land and environment surrounding it. Salmon Safe, a non profit organization based in Portland, Ore., works with hop farms on the west coast to alter land management practices to better ensure healthy watersheds for native salmon. Back in 2013 we released Fresh Hop IPA, which used all Salmon Safe Certified hops. We’re happy to announce that 10% of the hops used in ALL of our beers by mid-2015 will come from Salmon Safe Certified farms. We’re hoping to grow that number ...

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