• 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 are now coming from Salmon Safe Certified farms. We’re hoping to grow that number over ...

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

    Long before Slow Ride Session IPA 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 that profile: Nelson Sauvin, Mosaic, ...

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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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  • The photos we couldn't show you from the Chicago Tour de Fat

    Hit the arrows left or right to view more photos. Hey all, Forgive any typos I might leave on the page — it's currently 0 degrees in Fort Collins, and I can't seem to keep warm. But not long ago the sun was out, the temperature was pleasant and green foliage was abundant. Yep, I'm talking about summer 2014, a time filled with fantastic Tour de Fat's across the country. One of them was in beautiful Chicago, though the day of the event turned out to be less beautiful than we had hoped.  The TdF team woke up on July 12 to waves of rain (something like 3 inches fell in three hours), which finally ceased at around 11 a.m. Canceling the TdF was debated, ...

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  • Inside Look: How we blend La Folie

    February’s just around the corner, which means the 2015 batch of La Folie is about to hit shelves. But, before we release our favorite sour beer into the wild, first we blend it to perfection.
    La Folie, our sour brown ale, is born from a beer we call Oscar, which is conditioning inside quite a few of those giant foeders housed in the brewery’s cellar. Because each foeder produces a different flavor and aroma profile, our cellar manager Lauren Salazar sits down each year with samples from the vessels and spends an afternoon blending what will be the La Folie’s final form.
    First, she begins with a core group of samples, taken from foeders proven to provide a perfect base for the beer. Then, ...

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  • Head’s up: More sour beer on the way!

    What you’re looking at above is a view from the top of Cellar 2, home to the new batch of foeders that were shipped all the way from France last year. Since then, the fine folks in the cellar have been hard at work reassembling, rehydrating and—the end goal—reimagining these former wine vessels as a home for delicious sour beer. As we roll up to the end of 2014, a bit of awesome news for all you sour beer geeks: 21 of the 32 new foeders are now officially filled with beer (huzzah!)
    In case you haven’t been following along, our cellar—aka the foeder forest, for obvious reasons—now totals a whopping 64 vessels. While 11 foeders from the new batch are still under repair, ...

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  • Good Day, Sunshine

    We love sunshine here at the brewery - both the beer that we named after it* and actual sunshine. We love it because it’s delicious (the beer), because it boosts your mood and makes you feel warm inside & out (the beer and actual sunshine), and because it’s a renewable, infinite source of energy. In fact, all of the energy stored in Planet Earth's reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas is matched by the energy from just 20 days of sunshine. Whoa. Here at the brewery, we are getting ready to install some new solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to capitalize on this abundant energy source. The new PV panels will be installed on the roof of our packaging hall, right next to our existing ...

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  • Press Play Wednesday: Behind every Ranger is a Ranger

    We've got a golden nugget of a video for today's Press Play Wednesday! You have likely purchased a Ranger or two in your time as a beer drinker, and while it's hard to focus on anything other than the 70 IBU dream machine when it's in your hands (trust me, I know), there is often more to that beer than meets the eye. I'll let the video explain the rest... Cheers — Nic

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  • Release notes: Super IPA returns!

    Superheroes are pretty rad, but half the time they’re disguised as mild-mannered regular folk, proving superheroes aren’t into being super 24/7. Super IPA, on the other hand, doesn’t hide behind anything: It’s super all the time. Right now, as boozy, malty seasonal beers take over the taps, our Super IPA returns as both the hero we want and deserve. It’s bold, daring and poised to strike at any moment. So, what exactly makes Super IPA so super? Well, it didn’t get the name by being a regular old IPA. Here are some facts I’ve pieced together about the fearless IPA, bound to descend on a tap lineup near you at any moment:
    • Super IPA’s main weapon is what some call “the palate wrecker,” a ...

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