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  • Beer and food, you should make this for dinner!

    I went camping the other night, some friends, some bikes, some beer, and some delicious soup. It was a touch towards the fall-in-Colorado side of the weather, a bit cold, no need for puffy coats, but we weren't wearing flip-flops either. The first perfect soup night pf the year, and my pal Lance came through. It was full of veggies and beans and sweet potatoes. I enjoyed this soup to such a degree that a mere five nights later I recreated it at home (to the best of my available memory/culinary skill). Then I paired it with Ranger IPA (and even put some in the soup)... It was a perfect match, let me give you the recipe/directions and you can go home tonight and make it for dinner. I went with things that I had in ...

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  • My favorite way to win a bike...

    We are right (smack dab) in the middle of bike give-a-way season (AKA: Enjoy the Ride)... We have lots of ways to win- the Twitter, Instagram, random drawing (boring), and my favorite: the Beer-a-Mid! "What's a Beer-a-Mid?" you ask... Well, it's that thing you used to build out of empty beer cans in college. It resembles a pyramid, and the feat of balance can get tricky as the cans get taller. It was a fun way to kill an evening with your pals. The smart-as-hell programmers here at NBB HQ built one for the internet-minded... It is based on something called a "physics engine" and the details are way over my head. But what I can tell you is that it's awesome. Every mouse click gives you more cans ...

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  • I put a can of Fat Tire into that Chicken's can!

    Food and beer pairings are bigger than grizzly bears right now (but not nearly as cute (or ferocious)). The reason beer and food are coming together is they really make the perfect fit; the perfect, two part meal. The huge variety of both beer and food can unite to make the right two choices sing sweet, sweet Motown right in your mouth. The other great thing about beer and food is that you can use one to aid in the cooking of the other. Throw some Trippel in your green chili, or 1554 in your gravy, get creative, go with what feels right. And last night it felt right to stick a can of Fat Tire into a chicken's butt, and then cook it. We ...

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  • More for the conversation on cans and bottles.

     
    As a craft brewer who fills both glass bottles and aluminum cans with delicious beers, we inevitably receive questions (and have our own) regarding the environmental impact of each container. A comprehensive, unbiased study comparing the total environmental impact of glass bottles to that of aluminum cans does not exist. So we see a lot of guessing going on out there and many of those guesses are being stated as though they were ultimate facts. Below are some questions we hear often along with answers based on the research we’ve done. Remember, though, that since a comprehensive study has never been conducted, we don’t really know which container is ultimately environmentally superior.
    Which container is sustainable? Neither! Both containers have a net negative impact ...

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  • Clock out, it's finally time for a SHIFT BEER!

    16oz cans of Shift Beer are taking over the world! Or, at least, I hope they do, because this beer is awesome. April 2 is the official release of Shift (that's today!!!!!), it's packaged in 16oz cans only, and should be available through our entire distribution area as of right now. This is a pale lager, light bodied, but full flavored, 5% ABV. Shift is a session beer, lightly hopped with Nelson Sauvins from New Zealand, and while being a hop forward lager, this beer is very drinkable, no matter your tastes in beer.  I have been talking a little about Shift in recent weeks, here on the blog, and on the ol' Facebook, you know, building a buzz, getting the facts out to you as they ...

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  • Cans Versus Bottles Versus Kegs! The battle rages on...

    With the release of Shift happening today, and 2012 being called the year of the craft beer can, it is important to talk about these beer package choices.  Between bottles and cans and kegs there isn't one package that is a clear winner over the others. They all have their ups, and they all have their downs. We want our consumers to be informed when the package choice is presented, so we made this handy-dandy decision map for your looking and considering, check it out. Now take this information and make use of it. And remember, be safe out there and make good turns. -JUICEBOX

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  • Let's Go to the Brand New (and Totally Awesome) Can Line

    The new (and totally awesome) can line is all fired up and the cans are blasting out! The new (and totally awesome) can line cans are getting ready to hit shelves all over our distribution area come April 1. To give you a quick recap of where the new can line is I present to you this run-on sentence: The old can line was in the old bottling hall in the main Mothership-HQ-type building here at NBB, and since the new bottling line got its own building in 2007, called the Thunderdome, the new can line building got attached to the east side of the Thunderdome when it needed an upgrade (it is following the bottling line around), and from this moment on, the ...

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  • Let's go to the new (and not quite completed) can line!

    I just walked over to the new canning facility here at NBB to witness and document the progress of the building, and take it from me, it's all happening! The outside and the inside are being built at the same time and both are mere weeks (less than two months) from completion. I also got a new panoramic camera app on my phone, so here is a look at the building through the panoramic eye of the beer-holder (yes, a beer based pun). Pretty sweet looking so far... The completed building on the left of the photo is the Thunderdome (the bottling hall) and where the plastic covering starts is the new can line building, and that new part (the can line building) is attached ...

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  • And then it was 2012...

    If the world does end this year I will be so angry. There are many wonderful things on the horizon that I want to be a part of and the world ending would absolutely limit the fun. I want nothing to get in the way, shorten, or even remotely hinder my future-possible enjoyment of these glorious things. Most notably, gigantic (relatively speaking) cans of beer. You may have already read about it here, or maybe here, but right now, from the horses mouth... New Belgium is putting beer into tall boys! And inside some of these tall boys will be a brand new (and tall boy only) beer called SHIFT! (the capitalization and exclamation point are just for effect and not in the ...

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