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Meet New Belgium's wood cellar brewer and cooper

Back in 2008, New York-born Ted Peterson was living in a tiny Idaho town of 250 people, working in housing and development, and nursing a serious itch to switch careers. After the housing market crash opened up Peterson’s 9 to 5, he hit the road on a three-month brewery tour through the Pacific Northwest (camping in his car the entire way). Soon after, he traveled to Fort Collins for a Colorado State University course on brewing science, and scored a job at Fort Collins Brewery. In 2012, he landed a spot on the brewing team at New Belgium, just in time for its epic 32-foeder expansion in the wood cellar. Today, Peterson now finds himself in the very niche space of brewer and wood cellar coop...
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Asheville Liquid Center tasting room opens May 2

Starting in May, beer fans can kick back along the French Broad River in Asheville and sip a Fat Tire in New Belgium’s sparkling new “Liquid Center” tasting room. On May 2 the doors swing open at 21 Craven Street, Asheville, North Carolina, and beer fans can taste locally brewed New Belgium beers for the first time at the brewery’s new location. Tasting room hours will be Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Public brewery tours start this summer. Our riverside tap room is clad in local artist-made bars, tables and chairs crafted from nearly 14 linear miles of repurposed wood we salvaged from the stockyard formerly onsite. A cantilevered deck sits abov...
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How to select the perfect hoppy New Belgium IPA

Decisions, am I right? What’s the deal with those things? Everyday, we’re faced with ridiculous choices—no matter how miniscule—that’ll likely cause some butterfly effect. Before you know it, you’re on a fishing boat bound for the South Pacific instead of packing for a weekend with the buddies in Moab, simply because you chose apple butter instead of low-fat two months ago. The stress, man. Well, we’re not trying to cause that kind of strain on your psyche when you’re looking for something hoppy to drink. Let us simplify your choices a bit with this handy guide on how to select a New Belgium India Pale Ale. If the straight-forward flavor graphic above isn’t quite getting the job done, here...
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From Forbes: New Belgium hired a full-time doctor

This week, Forbes contributor Darren Dahl added another installment to his series covering the business and culture of New Belgium. For the current piece, he covered something we’re pretty proud of at the brewery: We have a full-time doctor on staff. Dr. Patti Palagi (aka Dr. Patti) was an amazing addition to the New Belgium family when she came on board last summer. A longtime resident of Fort Collins, she fits right in with the vibe of the brewery, while making sure all of us are maintaining a healthy work-life balance. From the Forbes piece: “Doctor Patti, as she is affectionately known at New Belgium these days, had been practicing family medicine in Fort Collins since the 1990s un...
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New Belgium loves Pickathon, and you should too

As denizens of this great country, we’re blessed with many wonderful things: bountiful taco trucks, all manner of professional sport, the cronut, a tediously long election process. But even more wonderfully, we’re blessed with an endless bounty of summer music festivals of all sizes, spanning each and every genre of music and both coasts and borders. As an employee of New Belgium based in the Pacific Northwest, I’m pretty partial to the point of blinding, but not incorrect, bias for the small, back-to-nature, masterfully-curated festivals like Doe Bay, Treefort, and Pickathon. Each of these gatherings manages to bring in a world class line up of local, emerging, and established artists into ...
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Hop Kitchen Botanical Imperial IPA is hitting taps near you

Hopheads rejoice, we've got a killer new IPA launching today: Botanical Imperial IPA. From the garden to your glass, Botanical Imperial IPA bounds with springtime flavor, just in time for the winter thaw. For this first release in our draft-only 2016 Hop Kitchen series, we paired botanicals found in gin with some of our favorite hop varieties…by using science (science!). "Back in 2014 we had our hop chemist run a bunch gin botanicals alongside different hop varieties, and then we started beta-testing how those different herbs and spices played with the hops,” says New Belgium pilot brewer Ross Koenigs. The process of finding the right botanicals to match the right hop varieties goes we...
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We're celebrating 25 years of Fat Tire by collaborating with your favorite breweries

We've got some big news today that we're all pretty excited about here at New Belgium. To celebrate our 25th anniversary and 25 years of Fat Tire, we reached out to collaboration partners who were long time friends and innovative brewers and asked them to create their own take on Fat Tire. The result is a mixed 12 pack that will drop this summer. Here's a peak at who we're working with, and what they're brewing: Allagash Brewing is producing a version of Fat Tire using a Belgian yeast sourced form the Poperings region and a touch of the Allagash house Brettanomyces – expect notes of stone fruit, sweet tart and peppercorn. Avery Brewing will focus on a fruitier hop bill also with a dose of...
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Take the leap with Hoppy Blonde

So, we've got some bad news for you: Side Trip Belgian Style Pale Ale will soon be out of market (**Shakes fist at the sky"Noooooooo!"**). But, hey, that brings us to the good news: We've got a new beer coming your way. It's hoppy and it's blonde, so, you know, we're calling it Hoppy Blonde Ale. Super quaffable, super colorful, and super delicious, look for Hoppy Blonde at your local watering hole and bottle shop any day now. So what’s the signature mark of Hoppy Blonde? Let's ask New Belgium's pilot R&D brewer Ross Koenigs. “We wanted a beer that would showcase all of the subtle nuances of the Mosaic hop; a beautiful blonde color to evoke the coming summer and build a badass hop base to...
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Geek out on New Belgium IPAs with this cool spider graph

A few weeks ago, we posted a pretty rad graphic illustrating the wide variety of sensory experiences you’re likely to get while sipping through our IPA family. Well, we’ve got another handy graphic to further illustrate exactly how these IPAs stack up against each other. Behold the spider graph. On the far right, you’ll see some sensory notes about our new Citradelic Tangerine IPA. It’s got a golden orange hue, a citrusy tropical aroma, a nice bitter-sweet balance, and a juicy mouthfeel with a dry finish. Yum. On the far left, we’ve mapped out sensory notes commonly found in our family of IPAs, with color-coded lines showing how intense each sensory note is in each beer. Slow Ride Sess...
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