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  • It's Friday, drink Sahti.

    Come on down to the Liquid Center today, or maybe head out to your favorite specialty beer store and purchase some of this Finnish inspired Sahti Ale, spiced with juniper (among other things (I believe love and rainbow dust are on the ingredients sheet (but please don't quote me on that)) and then pour this hazy amber beauty into a glass and sip until your palette (and heart) is content:Expect some pine aromas and flavors to present themselves in Sahti, as well as the glorious juniper bush (is it a bush? maybe a tree? I'm not sure), we use the boughs and the berries in the making of this fine beer and we hope you like it.  So go get yours.-JUICEBOX

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  • Some things for you on this fine Friday.

    This has been a busy week.  The Tour de Fat, then Labor Day, followed by a few days of meetings in which I spent my time learning ways to better communicate with  those around me (not court sanctioned (btw)).  And at the conclusion of yesterday's session I rode my bicycle on back to New Belgium HQ and helped the crew slang a few tasters.  It was busy in the Liquid Center and my co-workers looked as though they could use a spare hand or two (I have two).  So I stepped up and filled some miniature glasses with beer and leaned in to discuss different subjects with different people (or as I like to call it: doing my my job (hard work but someone has to do it)). .  Then I came ...

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  • You like food right? And how about beer?

    I was strolling around Whole Food's this morning doing a little gathering (in the modern hunter/gatherer kind of way) and finding some cheese to present at a good friend's wedding this weekend (in lieu of a gift the soon to be nuptialed couple has asked us all to bring a specific food item, I got the cheese plate (and it is going to be the best cheese plate in the whole world, cows, goats and sheep will all be accounted for, not to mention the crackers)).  And as the rest of my grocery getting was happening I decided to peruse the meat case.  As you may know Whole Foods has a great meat counter, great product, helpful staff, and selection to beat the band.  And as you may also ...

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  • A fine day for beer pairings and story swapping.

    Well it's Tuesday, I was up early and ready to complete all tasks at hand.  And the task staring me right in the face now is this post, and for this post I wanted to offer a few things to you.  First, another great beer and food pairing: green chili beef tacos with Hoptober.  I spent the majority of yesterday afternoon stewing up some flank steak in onions, garlic, and a little broth (water at first, then eventually I could call it broth).  It slowly cooked, tenderizing and readying itself for the shredding.  On the other side of the stove I had a pan cooking up more garlic and onions and thrown in there were some fresh roasted green chilies.  These just weren't any ...

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  • FRIDAY!

    So I'm back from my weekend in the middle west and I have stories to tell.  It was a wonderful couple of days full of family time and friendly activities.  It started with Sunday at the pool.  All my brothers and their families were present and we swam and jumped off a nice diving board.  I tried to do a flip and didn't make it (it would have been the first successful Juicebox flip).  In the process my sun-shades went flying off my face and sank to the bottom of the deep end.  This deep end was over 11 feet.  In the act of swimming to the bottom for sun-shade retrieval my head felt like it was going to explode.  That is deep and I am not ...

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  • The holiday weekend.

    Well I hope that everyone had a great (and safe) holiday weekend.  But now it's over and we can assess the damage.  Here in the Fort some friends and I hatched big plans to ride bikes up to Vedauwoo, Wyoming, camp the night away and ride back on Monday.  Well it didn't really go down like that.  We met at Fort Collin's newest (and super delicious) breakfast joint, Snooze at 7:30am the morning of the forth. The night before someone in our group sent out a text asking if anyone had looked at the weather, none of us had.  Meeting in the morning we decided to check it (the weather) out on one of those handy-dandy smart phones; the forecast was bleak.  Severe thunderstorms, damaging ...

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  • Belgo IPA, it is good.

    So we have a new entry in the world of Lips of Faith and it is Belgo IPA.  This beer is a five hop IPA with Amarillo, Chinook, Cascade, Willamette and Simcoe.  These wonderful little plants (and malts, and water and stuff) are then paired with a Belgian yeast for a match made in heaven. This is a mix made to party (as you can tell from the disco ball on the label):(see, it likes to party, it's dancing right now)These 22 ounce bottle conditioned beers hit the streets yesterday and can be found in beer stores and bars starting now, or in you live in town you can come by the Liquid Center and give it a try, then buy a few bottles ...

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  • Loose Lips... explained.

    Around the old beer factory we have a grouping of beers known as the Lips of Faith.  These beers tend to be the smaller batches, more esoteric, more (dare I say...) experimental.  And onto this group we also pile the contest winning Loose Lips beer.  This contest has become a tradition around here and it is something that we are all proud of.  Here today I am going to explain it all to you. Back several years ago we decided that having a contest among co-workers would be fun.  The winner would get to team up with the brewers and design the beer of their dreams.  The contest has been more or less the same since it's inception, and the rules are simple; a pitcher of beer gets ...

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  • Are you ready for this? Another awesome food pairing!

    This last Sunday the wife and I went for a lovely car camping expedition.  And with all that accompanies the wonderful world of car camping; extra chairs, firewood, the dog, pillows, a cooler, one gets take liberties in cooking extravagant, delicious meals.  We packed our cooler full of the sundries that would be come dinner and breakfast and we headed north (and a little west) to Vedauwoo, Wyoming.  Vedauwoo is an awesome place (you should go there), full of crazy rock features and lovely trails.  We planned on getting there, setting up camp, taking a nice hike, then settling in for dinner. Things went as planned, the drive was an easy 65 minutes and upon arrival the tent went up, the chairs got put out, ...

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  • Let's go to the micro-lab!

    So here it is my friends, the long awaited trip deep into the inner sanctum of New Belgium Micro-Biology Lab (not sure if I should capitalize micro and biology (or lab), but I did (it seems important)).So my morning started as usual, a stop at the coffee maker, another quick stop at the time clock, then I proceeded right into the deep recesses of the brewery looking for the scientific type to guide me through the goings on in our Micro-Biology lab.  I found just the guy, Cody.  I started off hot, just firing questions at him, thinking that this would lead him to believe that I understand this subject in anyway at all, and through this very intense succession of questions I came ...

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