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  • Well dang, it's the new year...

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!  2013 is going to be a big one for beers and stuff. Some very major New Belgium things are in the pipeline. Let's take a minute and call out a few facts and a few rumors...
    Facts (these are things I know to be true)- 1. A collaboration beer with Dieu du Ciel! of Montreal is headed our way soon. This is a wonderful thing. It's a heavenly tripel with feijoa and hibiscus. Feijoa is a (probably) tropical fruit that's very strange (and worldly). Peter (our brewmaster) has wanted to make a beer with it for some years. And Dieu du Ciel! is famous for brewing with hibiscus. BOOM!  2. Transatlantique Kriek is making a comeback. Brouwerji Boon has sent us ...

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  • Some things are happening soon, and other things are happening now.

    Here are the details... Soon:  The next and newest Beer Stream is this Wednesday. Matty and I will be talking all about the G. Love Collaboration- Peach Porch Lounger. The live tasting will go over the beer: raw materials, special processes, brewers anecdotes, etc... We'll talk about the history of the beer, the time I drank beer with G. Love, the art on the bottle, etc... And during all the talking we'll be drinking, sharing tasting notes, and generally be making pleasurable noises in regards to this beer. It will be really fun. If you follow the link above you can watch the last stream we did (or bookmark the page for Wednesday's tasting), so you can get the idea of what it is that we're ...

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  • Oh my goodness, oh my goodness...

    Brewery Vivant got my letter! And they feel the same way.  This surely is a match made for the beer heavens. I cannot wait to gaze upon sunsets and drink beer together. Until then, I will always have their mix-tape. Response letter from Brewery Vivant! With a fluttering heart, Juicebox

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  • Dear Brewery Vivant,

    You're the best, I mean it. I wanted to take a few minutes and write you a letter expressing my adulation. So, here it is... When we first met it was magical. New Belgium was starting the Michigan roll out process and there you were, in an awesome, old funeral home in Grand Rapids. Your beers we great right away. We stopped by to say hello, drink a little, and it turned out that everybody inside the old funeral home (turned brewery) was awesome too. With wonderful and like-minded individuals such as yourselves it didn't take very long for the idea of a collaboration to come to the front.  First was the beer brewed at your place, in Grand Rapids: Escoffier. A bretta beer with French ...

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  • A collaboration (and a beer dinner!)!

    On the (very regular) occasion that something awesome happens in the beer world, and I am not invited, I like to pester those that were in order to get reports. I then take their reports and put them on this blog. Very recently we opened Michigan as a new market. We threw a bunch of sweet parties, hugged a lot of really nice people, and traveled up to a wonder-filled place called Brewery Vivant. In our Brewery Vivant hangings-out there were two collaboration beers made, one beer there (for their markets) and one beer here (for our markets). The beer that was made up there is called Escoffier. It's pretty great, it's named after a very famous French chef. And in the spirit of French chef-er-y ...

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  • IPA Day is August 2nd...

    Did you know there is an IPA Day? Well there is. And it's all thanks to Ashley Rouston (The Beer Wench) and Ryan Ross (of the San Diego based, heavy hitting, Karl Strauss). These two beer drinkers felt the IPA needed its very own day, so last year they decided to give it one. And I, for one, couldn't be happier. Coming Thursday, the 2nd of August, 2012 is the 2nd annual International IPA Day! There are lots of things happening for this special day, for the most up to the minute details you should follow #IPADay on Twitter. And, if you want to celebrate this most-wonderful of days with New Belgium there are three glorious ways: Firstly, come to the ...

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  • It's American Craft Beer Week!

    It's time to celebrate American Craft Beer, are you ready? Starting May 14 (yesterday!), and going through the weekend, America is a-buzz with great beer. There are events happening in all 50 states and that means if you are in America you can celebrate. Here is a link to the Brewer's Association's  page that is listing a lot of the goings on country wide. Check it out, then check your own calender, then go some place great and drink an American Craft beer. Around these parts (NBB) we have lots of things going on for ACBW. Firstly, the Fort Collins collaboration- Collusion 2012. All nine Fort Collins craft breweries got back together for the third year and brewed up another gem. Filled with Colorado ...

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  • A quick hit, Lost Abbey and New Belgium

    Tomme Arthur of Lost Abbey (in California) was here yesterday to get together with our Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, and brew up another installment of their wonderful, collaborative ideas. In 2004 these two got together for the first time and made a beer called Mo Betta Bretta. That beer was brewed at and sold through The Solano Beach Pizza Port. The beer was a full, 100% brettanomyces fermentation and has been described to me as a "pineapple bomb of absolute joy." Seriously, that was what this guy I know said about it. Anyway, that beer was so good that Peter and Tomme figured they would make it again, or at least another version of it, another full brettanomyces beer. Yesterday was the big day here at ...

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  • 2012, A CollaBEERative Year

    Around the New Belgium parts of the American Craft Beer landscape collaboration beers are in our blood. The first was Transatlantique Kriek with Brouwerij Boon in 2004 and then again in 2008. The Trip Series beers with Elysian in Seattle started in 2008 as well, and together we have gone on to create 11 of those over the years with no plans on stopping. Then there was Vrienden with Allagash in 2010, a delicious brettanomyces and lactobacillus beer with Belgian endive and hibiscus flowers. 2011 saw Clutch, a dark sour with the Maryland hardrockers of the same name. And 2012 will be another year of collaborative beers, in fact, a year full of collaBEERations. Coming this year are delicious beers with Lost Abbey of ...

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