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Hop the pond with Transatlantique Kriek

It’s not just a name: Transatlantique Kriek really is a transatlantic collaboration. This year, we’re teaming up again with our good friend Gert Christiaens of Oud Beersel, an award-winning Belgian lambic producer, for the return of our favorite hybrid beer. Time to get excited. So, how is this beer a hybrid? Well, Transatlantique Kriek’s actually a blend of three beers: A full-bodied golden lager crafted by New Belgium brewmaster Peter Bouckaert, a portion of sour ale from our wood cellar foeders, and a Kriek (aka cherry lambic), shipped by sea all the way from Oud Beersel. “The growing popularity and interest of lambic-style beers is nice, because it’s an appreciation of the heritage t...
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How to choose the right sour for you

It's pretty simple: Start with "Do you like sours?" in the middle and go from there! OUR 2016 SOUR LINEUP La Folie: Our flagship sour based on Flanders tradition. This complex blend of sour Oscar hits shelves in February. Transatlantique Kriek: A collaboration kriek (cherry lambic) with Belgium's Oud Beersel, which also debuts in February. Le Terroir: Our dry-hopped sour ale featuring a boatload of Amarillo hops. Look for this one in the fall. Tart Lychee: Brewed with exotic lychee fruit and cinnamon, Tart Lychee returns in June. Clutch: This sour stout returns this year. Keep an eye out for it in December. Check out New Belgium's entire sour beer portfolio.
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Watch: 6 differences between stainless and wood souring

With the recent boom of stainless souring (like our Snapshot Tart Wheat), we thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the differences between stainless souring and the souring process that goes down in our wood cellar (La Folie, Le Terroir, etc). We asked New Belgium's microbiologist Kelly Tretter and wood cellar blender Lauren Salazar to break it down for us, in a point-for-point we're calling "science vs. magic." Fun fact: Our stainless process uses just one organism we isolated from inside our own brewhouse, while our wood cellar contains roughly 250 different organisms. Hit play for more.
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New Belgium's beer in review 2015

What a year we had in 2015, and, boy oh boy, did we brew a ton of beer. With the calendar coming to a close, let’s take a look back at all the amazing beers we brought to market, from seasonals to special releases to new additions in the year-round portfolio (all on top of our regular year-round beers). Grab a beer and check out the year that was. **YEAR-ROUND** Slow Ride Session IPA Our new year-round session IPA landed in January, and is packed with tropical Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin hops. New Abbey and Trippel In 2015, we updated the original recipes for Abbey and Trippel. It was a gutsy move, but we’re pretty darn happy with how it turned out. **SEASONAL** Portage Porter Th...
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Vader lives in our wood cellar

The wood cellar is filled with an unusual energy—a foeder force of sorts. That foeder force creates our sour beer, makes it grow. It surrounds us, it binds us. When you walk through the foeder forest you feel that force around you; between the foeders, the stainless tanks, the rock-climbing wall. But—as our wood cellar crew has warned—beware the dark side of the foeder force. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the foeder force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will. Well, it’s not all that dire. Meet Vader, pictured above, one of the foeders inside our wood cellar here a...
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New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s Donate $100,000 to Protect Our Winters

Hot on the heels of the historic Paris climate accord, New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s are donating $100,000 to Protect Our Winters (POW). The two B-corp companies joined forces to create a beer and ice cream with a portion of the proceeds going to POW, a nonprofit that engages and mobilizes the snow sports community to lead the fight against climate change. On Friday, December 11 a check was presented to POW during a celebration at Stoney’s Bar and Grill in Denver that was chockfull of music, food, climate activism and, of course, beer and ice cream. “We’re honored to have partnered with these iconic and environmentally-responsible brands,” said professional snowboarder and founder ...
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Get your tickets for Lost in the Woods

Mark your calendar: This year's party is Feb. 6, 2016. Tickets go on sale right here at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2015. New Belgium's annual Lost in the Woods sour soiree celebrates New Belgium’s passion for sour beers. Tickets sold out in just two days for the 2015 party. The party features the premiere of two sour beer vintages: La Folie, the award-winning sour brown ale that launched New Belgium’s wood beer program back in 1997, and Transatlantique Kriek, a wood-aged sour cherry ale brewed in collaboration with Belgium's Oud Beersel. This year we're adding VIP tickets, which will include express entrance to party, private bar and food, as well as the opportunity to mingle with our wood ...
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A look back: 10 rad fruit-spiked Lips of Faith beers from the archives

Blackberry Barley Wine is hitting shelves, and it's a beauty. Clocking in at a whopping 10% ABV, it’s a chest-warmer fit for your finest snifter, and best enjoyed fireside, sitting in an arm chair while thumbing through your oldest leather-bound books (bonus if you have a silk smoking jacket). Here at New Belgium, we have some experience brewing interesting beers with pretty awesome fruit—from yuzu to dates, and now blackberry. With the release of Blackberry Barley Wine, we got to thinking about some of our favorite fruit-spiked beers from the past. How many have you tried? Pear Ginger Beer May 2015 A cocktail-inspired mixer beer made with pear, ginger and lemon peel. Wild2Dubbel ...
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This is how we make our sour beer Oscar Worthy Coffee

Oscar Worthy Coffee. Three words, that when uttered, cause an almost Pavlovian drool response among New Belgium co-workers. Like our dry-hopped sour Le Terroir, Oscar Worthy Coffee is a beer unlike any other: It’s our sour Oscar “dry-beaned” with coffee in collaboration with Fort Collins friends The Bean Cycle. The result is an ultra-smooth sour beer that bursts with sour-and-espresso aromas, and it tastes like magic. So let’s take a quick look at how we make the incredible stuff. A LITTLE BACKSTORY The beer was born a while back when New Belgium planned to enter a coffee firkin festival in Seattle. An idea to add coffee to a sour was suggested by the manager of the fest, and blender Laure...
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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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