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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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  • Beers Made by Walking indeed...

    The folks down at Focus on the Beer have started a very cool and interesting program for making beer, Beers Made By Walking. The general idea is as follows: take a walk in your natural surrounding, find an ingredient to use in the beer making process, pick or order the ingredient in question (depending on the circumstances), make a beer using the ingredient, and lastly, enjoy the beer made by walking. Lots of people and breweries have gotten in on this action over the last several months, and now, I am happy to report, New Belgium has joined the fun...  About six weeks ago we took our walk. We have a very good, natural (and edible) landscape on the NBB property, so we decided to walk the grounds. We stumbled ...

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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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  • Red Hoptober is a new beer for fall, and it is really good...

    Fall is here! At least it is in New Belgium seasonal-beer land... Starting August 1st Red Hoptober is officially on beer-shop shelves and in tap lines all across our distribution area. When you're in line at the bar, trying to decide what you want, look for this handle, and then order it. You will not be disappointed (at least I hope not).  Let me give you a quick rundown: Red Hoptober is the perfect beer for warm days, or cooling nights. Fall is a strange time of year that can require a backpack full of clothes to make it comfortably through a day. You can spend the afternoons hiking around, soaking your cut-off jean shorts in sweat, and then the evenings chilled in a pullover, ...

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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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  • 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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  • Pow Wow Week

    So here we are, Thursday, mid-morning, and I feel sort of terrible. This week is our bi-annual Pow-Wow, when all of the New Belgium Beer Rangers come home to the Mothership for meetings, presentations and lots of shenanigans (let me again stress the shenanigans). In my current position I am required to be present at a lot of these meetings (sales and branding do go hand in hand you know) and I have learned a lot about the upcoming year and all the big plans being hatched around NBB HQ. We talked a lot yesterday about the forth coming 16oz cans of Shift as well as the new spring seasonal, Dig. Both available soon, and in some markets you can even score Dig now ...

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  • And then it was 2012...

    If the world does end this year I will be so angry. There are many wonderful things on the horizon that I want to be a part of and the world ending would absolutely limit the fun. I want nothing to get in the way, shorten, or even remotely hinder my future-possible enjoyment of these glorious things. Most notably, gigantic (relatively speaking) cans of beer. You may have already read about it here, or maybe here, but right now, from the horses mouth... New Belgium is putting beer into tall boys! And inside some of these tall boys will be a brand new (and tall boy only) beer called SHIFT! (the capitalization and exclamation point are just for effect and not in the ...

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  • Prickly Passion Saison, some history (and some drinking)

    Onward and upward my friends, it's time to talk Saisons.  French for season, Saisons were originally brewed in Wallonia, the southern (and French-speaking) region of Belgium.  These beers were brewed during the autumn/winter in the farmhouses and stored over, aged past the spring, until the migrant pickers showed back up for the next, late summer harvest.  At the end of the previous season's harvest, whatever was grown, be it barley, wheat, etc... that stuff was gleaned from the fields thrown into a mash tun, once boiled off, the yeast of the day would take over. This was way back in the olden days when the water wasn't safe to drink, so the land owners would offer Saisons to the pickers to keep them healthy and invigorated for ...

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