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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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  • 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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  • Press Play Wednesday!

    Guess what the temperature is outside the brewery right now? 3 DEGREES. Winter is here friends, winter is here. Now on to Press Play Wednesday, our weekly foray into viral Internet things, New Belgium related flicks and (sometimes) cute cat videos.  Today we've got a vid from TEDxCSU, the Fort Collins extension of the famous TED Talks, featuring New Belgium Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert. He recently spoke about his upbringing, early career and innovation here at New Belgium. Watch it, enjoy it, and try to understand what Peter's saying through that famous Flemish accent of his. Cheers — Nic

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  • How to Pair Hops with Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means heaps of food washed down by pints of beer. Sure, you could just serve any old beer that’s in your fridge, but that really wouldn’t give your guests something to give thanks for would it? For the last installment of “How to pair New Belgium with Thanksgiving,” we’re taking a look at hops. Brewery analyst Matty Gilliland and Liquid Center manager Michael Bussmann point out some genius ways to incorporate New Belgium’s hoppier offerings into a Thanksgiving feast. OK, first things first: IPAs and imperial IPAs aren’t exactly the easiest styles to pair alongside a Thanksgiving meal. “They can be pretty overpowering,” says Gilliland. “Thanksgiving doesn’t really lend itself to that: It’s more of a savory meal ...

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  • Release notes: ‘Tis the season for Frambozen

    It snowed today in Fort Collins. Also noteworthy: Today’s the official release day of Frambozen, which rhymes with “frozen,” which is how I felt while walking outside the brewery in the snow. Coincidence? Maybe. Or…maybe not. When Frambozen hits shelves, two things are assured. One, winter’s settling in and, two, Thanksgiving, the most feast-friendly holiday, is just around the corner. So, naturally, I warmed up with a sample of the stuff, and then interviewed some folks here about their favorite New Belgium and Thanksgiving pairings. Heading back to my desk, I noticed the brewery’s Liquid Center had been transformed into a wintry wonderland. Things are getting festive real quick around here. Frambozen is right on time. If you haven’t tried Frambozen, this is ...

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  • How to Pair Belgian Beer with Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means heaps of food washed down by pints of beer. Sure, you could just serve any old beer that’s in your fridge, but that really wouldn’t give your guests something to give thanks for would it? For the third installment of “How to pair New Belgium with Thanksgiving,” we’ve got Grady Hull, assistant brewmaster, to walk us through all things Belgian, especially how to match Abbey and Trippel with your upcoming feast. Kick off the meal with Trippel: “Trippel is kind of an aperitif. It would go toward the beginning of the meal, and probably pair really well with your salad. It’s kind of a warming aperitif, but it’s a big, strong beer that doesn’t ...

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  • How to Pair Fat Tire with Thanksgiving


    Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means heaps of food washed down by pints of beer. Sure, you could just serve any old beer that’s in your fridge, but that really wouldn’t give your guests something to give thanks for would it? Over the next week, we’re gathering some of the great minds at the brewery to point out the perfect New Belgium beer and Thanksgiving spread pairings. So, get out your notebook: Today Lauren Salazar, wood cellar and specialty brand manager, returns to tell us how Fat Tire is pretty much the best pairing beer ever (especially with Thanksgiving leftovers). Good idea: “It’s the greatest pairing beer in the world. It’s medium everything: Medium body with a nice approachable aroma. There’s a nice ...

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  • #WorthTheWait: win a New Belgium cruiser and pair of Zeal shades

    Solo or with friends, on foot or on bike, under clear summer skies or blustery winter storms — we like to hit the trails any time of the year. The same can be said for our friends over at ZEAL Optics, and like all outdoor lovers, there's something pulling us to the end of our adventure. We love to celebrate with a view and a beer, and no doubt there's something you like to celebrate with too. So here's what's going on: we've teamed up with ZEAL to give away a New Belgium cruiser bike and pair Zeal sunglasses. All you've got to do to be eligible to win is post what you enjoy most at the end of a hike, run, day on ...

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