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Clips Beer & Film Tour raises more than $150,000 for non-profits

This year's Clips Beer & Film Tour has come to an end, and after hitting 20 cities across the country, the numbers are in and we're pretty proud of the money raised for our non-profit partners. Read all about it in the following press release: It’s a wrap! The 2015 Clips Beer & Film Tour was a great success raising $152,592 in 2015 for non-profits across the country. New Belgium’s beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefitting show traveled to 20 cities this year and had 20,050 attendees (city-by-city breakdown is below). Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised $659,000 for nonprofit organizations. This year, Kansas City raised the most money of any city for the second year in ...
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Get ready for New Belgium’s first barleywine: Blackberry Barley Wine

In New Belgium’s 25-year history, we’ve brewed all sorts of beer styles, created tons of eco-friendly initiatives, turned hundreds of co-workers into co-owners, and we’ve even built (well, we’re building) a second brewery. We’ve done a lot. But what’s one thing we’ve never done? Released a barleywine. Weird, right? Well, that’s about to change. This winter, prepare to hold the first ever New Belgium Lips of Faith bomber of barleywine, but don’t expect the old standard barleywine. This is Lips of Faith, so we added our own little twist: Blackberries. Blackberry Barley Wine’s modeled after the smoother, more nuanced English barleywine style, and clocks in at a wonderfully chest-warming 10%...
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New Belgium lands on Outside’s ‘100 Best Places to Work’

Image courtesy of Outside/Federica Bordoni It’s no secret that New Belgium is an amazing place to work: It’s fun, fulfilling and, well, pretty much a dream company. While we don’t need reassurance on that fact, it’s still pretty swell that New Belgium was recognized in Outside Magazine’s annual list of the “100 Best Places to Work,” clocking in at 35. Here’s an excerpt of what the magazine had to say: “Fort Collins-based beer maker New Belgium Brewing is owned by its 640 employees, who have access to on-site volleyball courts, a cyclocross track, and an in-house gear shed.” Sure the perks are awesome, but what really makes New Belgium an amazing place is that this employee-owned compan...
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How to drink through a winter Folly Pack

It’s winter, which means it's a perfect time to crack open a few beers in the warmth of your own home. Don't want to brave the cold and head to the store more than once? We got you covered with our Folly Pack variety pack. But once you've got that box of good beer back home, how exactly should you proceed? Follow this handy guide to drink through our winter Revival Folly Pack (which has our Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, Snow Day Winter Ale, Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, and Rampant Imperial IPA). THE GRAB ME A WHATEVER Hey, life’s just a series of barely controlled chaotic events strung together for the enjoyment of the cosmos, and we’re just along for the ride. What beer do I want? Just gr...
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These craft breweries are blowing our minds at New Belgium

Our collab brew session with Free Range, NoDa, Birdsong and Heist We’re pretty big beer geeks here at New Belgium, but it’s not just our own beer we geek out over. From the “treat beer” co-workers enjoy after completing daily taste panel duties to the rarities you’re likely to taste hanging out inside our pilot brewery, there’s always great beer from other breweries floating around New Belgium. Heck, right now I’ve got a bottle of Wicked Weed Amorous, pFriem Flanders-Style Blonde Ale, Firestone Walker Double Jack, and Denver Beer’s Graham Cracker Porter on my desk (yes, I have a hoarding problem). Suffice to say, we love geeking out over beer from other breweries. So, who’s blowing our m...
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Bikes, Fruit Bats and Shellfish — the 2015 Doe Bay Music Festival

Today we've got a special guest blog from our man in Seattle, Sam Sawyer. He spends his days spreading good cheer through Pacific Northwest, slinging New Belgium beers, good vibes and big smiles. This past summer he trucked (or ferried, I suppose) to the Doe Bay Music Festival. I'll let him tell the rest of the story: The San Juan Islands are an archipelago scattered like little gemstones in Washington’s gray/green Puget Sound and, VERY arguably, Orcas Island is the crown jewel of this group of heavily forested, individual, floating, mini paradises. Most of the islands are only accessible by ferry, and Orcas is no exception to this traffic-limiting factor, and as such, it manages to keep m...
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Make this: Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale Malted Milk Shake

Craving alert! If you watch this video, you’re gonna start jonesing for a Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale Malted Milk Shake. Mindy Segal, the owner of Hot Chocolate in Chicago, whipped up this amazing dessert, featuring our Ben & Jerry’s collaboration beer. It looks absolutely delicious. Again, be warned: After watching this, you’ll only have malted milk shakes on the brain. In other food-related news, we’re on the hunt for awesome fall/winter recipes featuring New Belgium beer as an ingredient. Fancy yourself a chef? Grab your recipe card and visit our recipe submission page. Your dish might just land on our social media channels. Cheers — Chris
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Hop selection: The hops behind New Belgium IPAs and more

Every fall, we send a pretty important group of people from New Belgium to check out the new hop crops in Yakima Valley. In the industry, this annual pilgrimage is called hop selection, when brewery's send representatives from the raw materials side of the business to visit the hop farms and select next year's batch of hops. Most return with hands that smell like hops for days. By all accounts, it's a pretty rad time, but it also ensures another year's worth of high-quality IPAs and other styles. After all, hops go into everything we brew. While in Yakima, a good chunk of time's spent checking and picking from the best quality stock of tried-and-true hops like Cascade, but it's also an opp...
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The bikes of Tour de Fat

This year, our rolling festival Tour de Fat hit the $4,000,000 mark in money raised for our non-profit partners (we actually didn't have enough zeros on stage during the announcement). We're pretty proud of that, and also continually amazed at the thousands of people who come out to celebrate bikes, bike advocacy and great beer—as well as those people in each Tour de Fat city who pledged to live car-free for a year. While raising money for our non-profits is certainly a highlight for us, seeing all the creative and whacky custom bikes and costumes is a pretty close second. So, with this Tour de Fat season behind us, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite bike Instagrams taken by al...
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Tour de Fat recap 2015

Boy, oh, boy was it a great Tour de Fat season. Guess what? We're already in the mix planning for 2016. But before we let this past season get too far behind us, let's take a look back at another success for bike advocacy and general rad times. Continue reading for the press release. Cheers! New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat, a traveling tour of bicycle advocacy and hilarity in charity, raised $647,668 for local nonprofits this season, totaling more than $4 million in its 16-year stretch. This year’s total is up more than $20,000 from last year. The event is free, but all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations in each city go to local nonprofit organizations focused on maki...
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