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  • Inside look: New Belgium’s sour beer collab with The Rare Barrel


    Did you hear we’re doing a Beers with Vrienden collaboration sour beer with our friends The Rare Barrel? It’s true, and we’re pumped to share the details. Above is a video we pulled from our live Periscope broadcast, featuring New Belgium blender Lauren Salazar and The Rare Barrel’s Jay Goodwin and Alex Wallash (note: we normally don’t film vertically, but those are the limitations of Periscope). In it, they spill all the details about the beer, called Err on the Side of Awesome, including:
    • What kind of blend they’re gunning for?
    • How one of the barrels being used (called pH1) once accidently became a Russian River barrel
    • Alex’s interesting connection to New Belgium
    • Where you’ll be able to taste the beer
    • When it comes ...

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  • NPR: Brewers Are Churning Out Tangy Sours Without The Hefty Price Tag

    There's a pretty cool piece out today from NPR's "The Salt" on how craft breweries are putting out a higher volume of sour beer with the use of kettle souring in stainless tanks, a technique initially used for making German-style Berliner weisses and Goses that employs Lactobacillus bacteria to sour wort in a matter of days (as opposed to the sometimes years it can take with barrel-aged sour beers). Here's an excerpt from the piece: “Kettle-soured beers use some of the same critters as traditional sours to achieve a crisp, sharp tang: bacteria of the Lactobacillus genus, which munch on the sugars in beer and convert them into acids, while also turning out flavors and aromas. Some brewers will even use a dollop of yogurt ...

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  • Aloha, Hawaii: We’re coming to your state

    I was in Hawaii a few weeks ago, and while it was perfect, the only thing I felt was missing from my hours of breezy beach bumming was a New Belgium beer. Well, it turns out we’re coming to the Aloha State. Today we’re officially announcing our entry into Hawaii in February 2016. Excited? For all the details, including which beers we’re shipping, give our press release a read: New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership agreement with Young’s Market Company, to start selling beer in Hawaii in February 2016. New Belgium will launch with 6-pack bottles of Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA and Seasonal Release as well 12-pk cans of Fat Tire and Ranger. Fat Tire bombers and draft ...

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  • Let's chat 100 percent employee ownership and our core values


    Let’s take a trip down memory lane to December 27, 2012. On that day, 41 percent of New Belgium was owned by its coworkers. That number grew to 100 percent on December 28. We are currently the only 100 percent employee owned brewery, and that’s something we’re pretty darn proud of. It means that we’re far less likely to sell to a company like, say, AB InBev. It also means that we get to steer our own ship and make decisions as a collective. In early 2013 we were certified as a B Corp, which means we are guided not only by profits, but by environmental performance, accountability and transparency. “There are few times in life where you get to make choices that will have ...

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  • Dozens of craft breweries for sale (but not us)

    Interesting post from Brewbound today. According to a recent report from Reuters, which leans on some unnamed sources for its intel, a few notable craft breweries are courting offers for full or partial sale of their company. It's a pretty good read, and gives a very realistic view of the current craft beer business landscape. It also has a neat little list of merger and acquisition activity amongst the top 50 craft breweries. You know what? We're on that list. Why? Because we sold our company...to ourselves, back in the beginning of 2013.  From the post: "Merger & acquisition activity amongst top 50 craft breweries has accelerated considerably in the last two years and the list of prominent craft players that have sold ...

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  • Inside Look: The evolution of Le Terroir

    Blending this year's Le Terroir, due out Aug. 31 Wind the clock back more than a decade, way back to 2003. In those early days of the wood cellar program, just one foeder, No. 4 to be exact, housed Felix, one of the two base beers we use to blend our sours. And, quite frankly, wood cellar blender Lauren Salazar had no idea what to do with the stuff. But during the hop selection that year, when Salazar came across the new Amarillo variety for the first time, she had an idea: The hop’s vibrant, pungent aroma of mango and peaches reminded her exactly of Felix. “I asked Eric [Salazar] if we could dry-hop a sour beer, and he had no idea,” remembers Salazar. “So, ...

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  • New Belgium President and COO Christine Perich to assume CEO position

    We've got some big news to share on this fine Monday: New Belgium's President Christine Perich will be taking over the role as CEO, as our co-founder Kim Jordan transitions to Executive Chair of the brewery's Board of Directors. Here's everything you need to know to bring you up to speed: New Belgium Brewing’s Chief Operations Officer and President, Christine Perich, has been named CEO as Co-founder Kim Jordan transitions exclusively into the Executive Chair of the Brewery’s Board of Directors. The move will allow Perich to focus on short-term strategy, leading the executive team, industry leadership and running day-to-day operations. Jordan will focus on long-term strategy and vision while working with the Board of Directors. Perich, who was hired as New Belgium’s Controller in ...

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  • Photos: Our mega collab with Charlotte breweries

    Today, we're brewing up a mega collaboration beer in our pilot brewery for the next Beers with Vrienden release, called Yours and Mine. The collaboration features some of our closest friends in Charlotte's North Davidson neighborhood: Heist, Bird Song, Free Range and NoDa Brewing. As for the beer, it was inspired by the Beers Made By Walking program, where brewers find inspiration for new beers by looking for ingredients during nature walks. This particular golden ale will feature beet sugar (a nod to the beet sugar plant that once occupied our property), lavender from New Belgium's grounds, Colorado sunflowers and North Carolina's state fruit the Scuppernong grape. That's quite the collection of ingredients. Here's what the brew day has looked like so far: Adding ...

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  • Meet our rarest beer series: Beers with Vrienden

    New Belgium with the HUB team What the heck is “Vrienden,” and how are beers with Vrienden? Well, that funny word’s Flemish for “friends,” and we like brewing with friends. In other words, Beers with Vrienden is our draft-only collaboration series with friends around the country. We like to think of it as a space where mutual admiration becomes liquid inspiration. But while there’s an abundance of fun and creativity in the series, the beer itself is, well, pretty darn limited in volume. If you live in Fort Collins, you only get a crack at a single keg. In total, each batch runs about 24 kegs. So far in 2015, we’ve put together a couple of awesome beers, with a few more on the way. ...

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  • Zealots of Zag: Annie Korenjak

    For our Zealots of Zag campaign, we’re currently spotlighting some New Belgium co-workers who’ve taken a particularly interesting path through the company. One of those people is Annie Korenjak, our HR manager at our new Asheville brewery, who began in our Liquid Center tasting room in Fort Collins. Check out the video above, and then swing by our Made with Zag page to learn more about the awesome work she’s doing out in Asheville.

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