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  • I got Lost in the Woods...

    As you may already know from my post the other day, we hosted our first, open to the public, at night, type of party. It was in celebration of the 2013 releases of La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek. This was Lost in the Woods, we were all lost in the woods, and boy-howdy it was fun. To see how fun, from someone else's perspective, take a look at Fermentedly Challenged here, or the Denver Post here. Or, maybe, watch this film from Adam Valuckas:  
    The party was super fun and full of great sour beer. Probably 600 people in the brewery, all enjoying good times, food pairings, sour beer education and music. Really, it was a hoot.  But. what does this ...

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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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  • Today is Stout Day, and I am celebrating already!

    Stout Day is a great way to celebrate such a celebrated style. And that day of celebration is today, today is Stout Day! Grab a bottle and some friends (who also grabbed bottles) and crack some great Stouts. Here's a few to recommend:. Great Divide's Yeti Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Schlafly's Oatmeal Stout Or maybe, just maybe.... the newest Lips of Faith beer- Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout from New Belgium! Ok, I know that's a plug, but this is the New Belgium Blog, so I am going with it. This beer is strong, and rich and dark as (a really dark) night. The coffee and chocolate come punching right off the bell and a complex bitterness follows in at the back. It really is good. ...

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  • GABF

    It's that time of year again, The Great American Beer Festival, and I am very ready. I have been doing regular interval training and mapping out my week and generally gathering information to make the next 6 days pleasurable. I have also been collecting facts and figures to make your week a gem as well. First the fest: Starts Thursday night, goes through Saturday. I hope you have tickets, they sold out quick. Assuming you got one, New Belgium is end-capping pod L. It's right at the top of the big middle row. We are bringing lots of great beers: Ranger, Belgo, a brand new Fresh Hop IPA, Tart Lychee, Shift, Peach Porch Lounger, Red Hoptober, La Folie, Abbey, and there's even rumor of some unblended, wood ...

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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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  • We made a beer with G. Love. Should we have a sip?

    It's called Peach Porch Lounger, it's part of our Lips of Faith Series, and I am happy to say- it's available now. This beer has all the G. Love marks, Southern ingredients, a bluesy charm, and a label to beat the band (very punny, I know)... G. Love came to the brewery a while back and designed the beer of his dreams. He wanted a beer for Front Porch Lounging, and man, did he succeed. Peach Porch Lounger has peaches (duh...), hominy grits, molasses, a French saison yeast for primary fermentation and it's finished with brettanomyces. It carries a nice funk and a peachy sweetness. This beer is delicate enough to grow a daffodil, and yet, it's 9.4% ABV (very punchy). Let's take this next couple minutes to taste ...

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  • Tart Lychee is Sour (and Wonderful).

    We love making sour beer. Over the years we have tried to make more and more sour beers. But it takes a really long time to age the beer in wood, to let the little buggies do their work and take the beer into the sour-a-sphere (I just made that word up). The newest Lips of Faith offering happens to be a wonderful and sour beer, it's called Tart Lychee. The name says it all. But to say some more I will break the beer down for you, a full review. Overview: A new sour blended Lips of Faith with lychee fruit and cinnamon. Tart Lychee is 56% wood aged sour ale, and 44% ale brewed with lychee fruit and cinnamon. Lychee fruit is incredibly ...

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  • Who wants more sour beer?

    Sour beers are the new black in craft beer right now. Which is great, because sour beer is awesome and I love it.  We make some sours around NBB, which is also convenient for my love of the style. La Folie is our best known. Then there's Eric's Ale, Clutch, Le Terroir, Tart Lychee, Transatlantique Kriek and others. A host of sours from the lightly tart, to full blown tongue punchers, we try to keep up a variety. The problem is that every year we can't make enough because these beers require long aging, it's what gives them their sour. For those new to sour beer, or unfamiliar with the process, here is a very quick sour breakdown: We take finished (fully fermented) beer and put ...

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  • I had a bottle of Le Terroir, then I drank it.

    I do not have a beer cellar. I have a shelf in my refrigerator dedicated to beer. Over time I have collected some great bottles. In there right now: a couple rare Avery's, some Funkwerks, a few from Crooked Stave's Wild, Wild series, some Russian River, and more. I also have a ton of our Lips of Faith beers: several vintages of La Folie, Eric's Ale, Dunkleweiss, etc... As I have accumulated beers I have run out of space. The shelf is maxed out. I hit the weight restriction months ago, and with the addition of two bottles of the 2011 Abyss I recently acquired the refrigerator's spacial summit has been reached. No more room. In figuring what to do I have drawn up true ...

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  • Want to try Cocoa Molé?

    I do too, so let's do it. I just went downstairs to the Liquid Center and poured myself a glass of the newest Lips of Faith offering, took a couple pictures and now I am ready to talk you through a tasting of this wonderful and strange beer. Cocoa Molé was a culmination of great brewing, gastronomic history and inspired art work. The recipe concept came from Grady, our assistant brewmaster. He grew up in Colorado and grew up eating molé sauces. It was a favorite of his and as soon as he started drinking beer he figured the flavors of molé would translate into beer very well. Then we flash forward to a couple months ago and Grady acted on his molé beer idea. ...

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