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  • Let's go to Western Heritage, the coolest little foundry in the west.

    At New Belgium we take our soft-goods and swag pretty seriously. From kites to garden-markers we have sold some pretty memorable merchandise. But these new belt buckles we're getting might be the coolest thing yet. They're made in Loveland, Colorado at Western Heritage. A couple days ago some of us were lucky enough to go down the road and see the place for ourselves. Western Heritage makes belt buckles, and small sculptures, and lots of other (awesome) stuff cast in bronze, silver alloy, sterling, and even gold. They're pretty famous for making these:  That is the official uniformed buckle of the U.S. Forest Service. On one's first day as a Ranger one gets their pants and hat and other uniform-based equipment. Included in that is one's very own belt buckle. Western Heritage makes these buckles for the government, and they ...

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  • Happy Thanksgiving (time to get the beer and turkey together).

    The (Thanksgiving) holidays are upon us, and there is no pair quite like turkey and beer (Frambozen, specifically). But it's so much more than that. I also like pairing beer with giving thanks to all the awesome people and experiences in my life. I like pairing beer with soft pretzel stuffing. I like pairing beer with more beer and heated discussions on the cost/benefit analysis of building a giant pirate ship in the empty lot next to my house.  This is the greatest holiday of all time, please enjoy it. And, from all of us, to all of you... Happy Thanksgiving. Next, you're going to ask "Did this guy stuff Fat Tire into his turkey? And why isn't he wearing a shirt? Is that ...

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  • The holidays are over, time to treat yourself...

    There are a few things that one must wait for; the doctor, good tomato plants, reliable NBC Thursday night programming, these things take patience. Another is treating yourself to a holiday gift. Just recently was the time of year that we must put others first, but now that's over now and we can start thinking of ways to spend money on ourselves. Here at NBB HQ we have a few things going that fit into that self-serving-shoe very well, and you can still reap a few holiday benefits to boot (more shoe pun). Idea number one: You bought some New Belgium Glassware for your friends and family this year but you neglected to stock your own cabinet. Wait no longer, The Glass That Gives is ...

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  • Frambozen is back (for a while now)!

    Alright, so this post is a little late, but man I have been really busy lately talking about other things, and it's not like it's too late to talk about it... So with out further ado---> FRAMBOZEN IS BACK!  This beer comes out every year in time for service to your best Thanksgiving guests and it stays on the shelves long enough to see the new year.  Which is to say long enough to serve at all of your holiday gatherings and happenings.  Frambozen is a raspberry brown ale that carries the wonderful sweetness and the casual tartness of the raspberry.  Every year some NBB folks find a raspberry crop they like, they have it juiced and then sent over to NBB HQ.  This is ...

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  • Bend, Oregon, it has beer and fun and stuff...

    I spent the recent Thanksgiving holiday in the great Pacific Northwest of the United States of America (Bend, Oregon (specifically)) and it was super fun.  I have some family up there, a brother, sister-in-law and their lovely and obedient child.  My wife and (equally as cheerful) child accompanied me up there and when all was said and done my parents also graced us with an appearance.  Family gatherings are the bees knees, there are hugs and kisses and big meals, reminiscing about the good ol' days, hilarious and kind of mean jokes about the clothes that we all used to wear in the 1990's and free baby-sitting.  This last one is pretty special because it is about the clearest win/win of all time.  The grandparents ...

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  • Presents!

    The giving-of-gift-type holidays are upon us and I am here to make sure you fine people make the right choices in the what to give your loved ones department...  Let me take this moment and introduce Shelby.  Shelby is a member of the New Belgium family and the head-artist-in-charge over at Meadowlark Creative, a local letterpress shop here in the Northern Colorado area.  Shelby was commissioned to make some coaster calenders in the NBB theme. A coaster calender is exactly what it sounds like, coasters (beer mats) that double as a monthly calender.  We like them a lot, and we figured they would make great gifts... Unsure about letterpressing?  Here is a blurb from the mouth of Shelby herself- Sometime inbetween the invention of movable ...

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