• 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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  • Inside Look: Our secret Slow Ride dry-hopping process

    Long before Slow Ride Session IPA (aka Session IPA in Texas*) landed on shelves, it began as a concept. Not a “hey, let’s brew any old session IPA” concept, but more of a “hey, let’s brew the most exotic, tropical session IPA we’ve ever tasted.” When the brewers here at New Belgium formulate a beer recipe, the process often begins with a flavor map. That is, brewers sit down to discuss desirable flavors and aromas they’d like to spotlight in the finished product (like, how a chef forecasts which flavor combinations would be ideal for a new dish). The brewers mapped out the specific notes they wanted to see in Slow Ride—with a heavy nod to the tropics—and then selected hops best suited to create ...

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  • Release notes: Slow Ride Session IPA rolls into town

    Time seems to pass way too quickly these days. I mean, it’s already 2015. We’re just as close to 2030 as we are to 2000. Weird, right? Here at the brewery, we don’t really stop to smell the roses, because that involves stopping, and stopping means we’re not making beer. Instead, we like to slow things down…real slow. In that spirit, let me introduce you to our new year-round beer, Slow Ride Session IPA.
    If you’ve been to one of our Tour de Fat events, you probably get the story behind the beer’s name. The slow ride competition, a regular feature at the festival, challenges fans to ride as slow as possible to the finish line—savor each moment of cosmic balance, so to ...

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  • Release notes: Portage Porter trekking your way

    There’s a pretty funny page on the Beer Syndicate blog that “predicts” future craft beer trends. The latest prediction I saw was a brandy-barrel-aged 60 shilling ale brewed with monkey bread fruit, tamarind and fermented to The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Well, that’s never going to happen. But it’s pretty funny because craft brewers love to take avant-garde chances—heck, our whole Lips of Faith series is inspired by your willingness to discover awesome new flavors possibly outside of your comfort zone. But sometimes, it just feels good to roll with the classics. That said, let me introduce you to Portage Porter, our newest spring seasonal.
    For those of you who’ve ridden down the river of avant-garde beers so long that ...

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