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  • The final part of the Clips of Faith wrap up (part two).

    To pick up where we left off yesterday, Jesse was in Davis, CA halfway through traveling around this great country with all the fixin's for a fun film and beer festival.  I would also like to present the Clips of Faith 2011 crew (in photo form), Jesse is on the far left (that's why we call him "Very Dressy" Jesse (he looks good, there is no denying it)). "The Last Half of the Whole Clips of Faith, 2011": Seattle, Washington ATTENDENCE: 950 MONEY  FOR LOCAL NONPROFITS: $3,797 RANDOM ACTS OF ...

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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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  • Fresh Hop IPA, Part 2

    Following up Kenny's, Fresh Hop IPA, part one post from Tuesday is going to be a challenge, but I think this is Juicebox's time to shine.  So let's get right after it. Let me introduce Fresh Hop IPA, Part 2- It was a Sunday Morning, I was sleepy and hungry but alas, duty called.  I had been calling over to the Brewhouse all morning trying to get an ETA for the hops arrival and I was finally told (after much pestering) that the first brew had been mashed in at 10am and the hop truck was south of Laramie, Wy (which, by all mapping standards, is pretty close).  I grabbed the camera and cruised over to the brewery.  The plan was that a few of ...

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  • NEW BEER! Another Seasonal Addition for Winter

    New Belgium has a new winter seasonal, it's called Snow Day.  It is dark and hoppy and perfect for the coldest of months.   The tough news to take on the NBB seasonal front however is the hiatus that 2Below is going to take, two years off the shelf to make room for Snow Day.  But fear not good people, the newest of New Belgium offerings is a true delight, so good in fact I drank one this morning and wrote a review just for you.  I figured with Snow Day beginning to hit the shelves over the next few weeks you should be armed with the knowledge required of an informed consumer.  Let's start with the bottle picture, pretty isn't it?  That label shows ...

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  • Who Wants a Beer Cocktail?

    My love of Blue Paddle and orange juice is widely known.  I have written about it a few times and even produced the most loved recipe (see link).  I would like to take today and show off some other beer cocktails that are close to my heart and taste good on my tongue.   These drinks are good and the mixer procurement should be pretty easy, so if something strikes your fancy- mix away (but make sure to send me the royalties check).  I also added some pairing ideas to ice the cake (if you know what I mean). Drink one: The Depth Charge- 10oz of 1554 mixed with two shots of warm espresso.  The warmth of the coffee thaws the cold beer to just ...

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  • An (almost) perfect pairing...

    A few months ago I mused about one of my favorite beer and food pairings, hot dogs with yellow mustard paired with Sunshine Wheat.  This pair has everything, complimentary flavors, ease of preparation and just enough of that low-brow shenanigan to have mass appeal.  I was in heaven then and I should be in heaven now because the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile just stopped by the brewery!  That's right, a giant hot dog driven by a real person pulled into the New Belgium parking lot.  Let's face it, I love anything that looks like food, but huge.  Just look at the really large pretzel necklace I wore to GABF in last week's post, or that gi-normous cherry on a gi-normous spoon in Minneapolis (pictured to ...

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  • I went to GABF and lived to tell the story...

    HOLY SMOKES!  I almost didn't make it out of there alive.  GABF has come and gone for 2011 and it was truly a success.  But as promised, I took some photos and jotted some notes and I would love to present that information to you... and if there is time, my predictions for some of the categories winners (even though the medal ceremony is over and all the winners have gone home already).  This is a long one so hang on, here it goes---> I was running late, like super late, I was coming off giving a tour of NBB HQ and my ride was waiting and my phone was dieing and I felt flustered.  Her car was parked in the loading zone and ...

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  • It is time for GABF!

    This week in Colorado beer is a big one.  It is time for the Great American Beer Festival, and I (for one) am excited.  This is the biggest beer festival in the U.S. and the statistics are staggering.  Something like 450 breweries and over 2,000 beer to chose from.  Last year I found some real gems and this year is promising to be no different.  I am heading down Thursday night for the session and I am taking a camera, a notepad and a few close friends (and professional beer sippers) and I promise a write up even bigger and bolder than that of last year (I am shooting for a Pulitzer with this one). A few breweries I am looking forward to visiting... 1. ...

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  • We made a new beer with Clutch, it's called Clutch, and it is great!

    That's right folks, beer lovers and lovers of hard rock will be further intermingling by the end of this week (or maybe the next (depending where in our distribution area you live)) because Clutch is about to hit the shelves.  This beer started as a chance encounter in a sandwich shop between a band (Clutch) and a fan (NBB brewer Eric Salazar), play the video to check out the story, it's pretty awesome. Now that you're fully entertained (you know, visually) let's stimulate your mind and your taste buds.  Clutch is a dark sour ale, and a very good one.  After many minutes of wandering the beer factory looking for a bottle to sample I found hidden under a shelf in the cooler, I grabbed ...

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