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  • Well dang, it's the 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 a whole mess of his Kriekenlambiek, and we have brewed the accompanying beer, and the two are blended (or, almost blended). These bottles should hit shelves in a month to six weeks. Get very excited because this beer is the tops, like all the way at the top of the tops! 

    3. Springboard is coming back! Springboard was the spring seasonal a few years back (07-08), brewed with schisandra and goji berries. It was a major crowd pleaser, and I am very excited about it's return... Springboard is coming back in the Folly Pack only. No sixers, etc... You are going to have to buy the mix pack to score yourself some, and you should try to score yourself some.

    Rumors (these are things that I have heard to be true)-

    1. The 2013 vintage of La Folie is really good.

    2. More throwback beers may/may not be hitting Folly Packs through the year.

    3. We're switching to Google+ as a platform for our Beer Streams.

    4. An Imperial IPA is in the works...

    5. I am constructing a giant carpet slide to serve as my main commuting option (it will be open to the public, if you want to come over to my house).

    6. We are adding two more U.S. states to our distribution footprint (one is very cold, one is very warm (maybe)).

    So there it is, some tale of coming news. Welcome to the future friends...


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  • The East Coast (among other things...)

    Alright, so I have been gone a while.  First there was the fracture to my pelvis bone, then my lovely bride gave birth to our first child (a girl (a beautiful, healthy girl)), then I went to Portland for the 2011 Beer Bloggers Conference (and subsequently got my twitter account hacked (it's better now (check it out @carnie_nbb)))(oh and PS, this should be getting a write up all it's own in the next few days). 

    So it has been a busy few weeks for me, but believe it or not The New Belgium Brewing Company did not slam to a halt in my absence... in fact things rolled on smoothly without me (maybe too smoothly).  And now I am going to try and catch everybody up on all the things that over the last few weeks have gone under-reported on this here blog.

    Thing one-  NBB beers are now (meaning this instant) available in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.  A whole bunch of different 22oz bottles are now on the shelves and in the coolers of beer shops and bars in that area.  Read all about it here at DCbeer.com. Things are a buzz on the Twitter landscape with the news of Fat Tire coming to the area as well (check out #fattire and #newbelgium (if you are into such things and look out towards the social media landscape)).  My favorite so far has been from @The_Beermonger I knew #NewBelgium arriving was a big deal, but... #DCquake.  It is nice to know that now is not to early for earthquake jokes (another wonderful wonderful pair- topical humor and Hoptober, give it a try).

    Thing two- The Hub at DIA adds a Spoke.  The New Belgium Hub at Denver International Airport (gate B80) just got another friend to go drinking with (or more accuratly- at), the Spoke.  Located at gate A61 the New Belgium Spoke is open and serving beers.  Up until now you needed to be on a United flight (or have lots of time to kill) if you wanted to head on in for some NBB beers.  That is not the case anymore.  Next time you are flying through the Mile High City grab a La Folie (or whatever else your tongue may be asking for) at the Spoke and take a load off.

    Thing three-  A super great Fort Collins event this Friday night...  This summer has seen the release of the Tour de Fat coffee table book and a bunch of us are getting together this Friday to celebrate.  The fine folks at Wolverine Farms Publishing and a few NBB faces are hosting a reading, bike-riding, beer drinking affair this coming Friday.  If you are in town (and read this blog) show up to the tasting room (the Liquid Center at NBB HQ) at 5pm August 26 (one more time, this Friday) for a toast and a reading.  Then we will all jump on bikes and ride out to the Bar SS for more beers and more readings and probably another toast.  It is going to be really awesome (really).

    Thing four-  They make juicebox's for cats (though I don't think a cat can use a straw (just saying)):


    On that note, it's Tuesday and I'm out.

    Talk soon,



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