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Colorado Artist Wins New Belgium Bike Competition and Awards $5,000 to Outdoor Alliance

Brinkley Messick’s custom paint and leather designs on a New Belgium/Detroits Bike cruiser captured the western spirit and gained love and appreciation from fans, making him the winner of New Belgium’s Art Bike competition. Brinkley is one of twelve artists who competed against one another for the opportunity to award $5,000 to their charity of choice. To compete, the artists each received an unpainted New Belgium/Detroit Bike cruiser to use as a blank canvas. The artists then turned the bikes into functional pieces of art. After about two months of working on the bikes, and one month of voting, Brinkley came out on top. His bike is now destined to be displayed at New Belgium’s new brewery i...
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How to drink through a fall Folly Pack

Take a look at our fall Folly Pack that's out on shelves right now. You've got the super-sessionable Blue Paddle Pilsener. You've got the hoppy Ranger IPA. You've got our cult-fave 1554. You've got New Belgium's flagship Fat Tire. Then, to top it off, we brought back one of our Belgian-style India Pale Ale Belgo. With all this delicious beer, you might be wondering, "But how should I make my way through the pack?" Answer: Anyway you want. But, if you're looking for a little advice, here are a few tips to get you going. Which type of Folly Pack drinker are you? THE GRAB ME A WHATEVER Hey, life’s just a series of barely controlled chaotic events strung together for the enjoyment of the ...
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Thursday Night Sports Ball Bingo

Yep, football is BACK! And what better way to open the season than with a rematch of last season's NFC and AFC champs, who are from North Carolina and Colorado, respectively. You know who else is from North Carolina and Colorado? WE ARE! That's why we're taking a special interest in tonight's game — so much so that we made our own, and want you to play it too. Hit the link to download our Thursday night game bingo cards, and join us in cheering for both teams while tossing back a New Belgium.
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Tour de Carnie Shop

Friends, it is once again the best time of year — that's right, the Fort Collins Tour de Fat is Saturday. We know you're prepping your costumes, servicing your bikes, and planning the finer details of your magic morning beermosas (we are, too).  You know what else is magic? All the interactive sculptures, art bikes, and assorted visual oddities at every Tour de Fat. And here's a fact — they're all made right here at the brewery by the TdF carnies. They're a cool (and quite interesting) lot, tinkering in the shop all off-season and traveling with the Tour throughout the summer. Few eyeballs — though likely an even number of them — have seen the inside of the Carnie Shop... until today. Le...
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Celebrating New Belgium's Female Brewers on Women's Equality Day

Left to right: Stephanie Palladino, Kelly McKnight and Tamar Banner Beer is older than “old” — our first records of it are from Ancient Egypt. Back then it was primarily women who brewed and sold beer. That trend, according to the Atlantic, held true after the colonization of America, when “women were the family brewers, crafting rich beers from corn, pumpkins, artichokes, oats, wheat, honey, and molasses.” Sounds pretty darn tasty… Yet, according to the same Atlantic piece (it’s fantastic and you should give it a good read), there were only 10 women total involved in the main brewing process across the industry in Colorado in 2013. Out of the 40 people on our brewing staff here in For...
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Inside this year’s vintage of Le Terroir dry-hopped sour ale

Summer means one thing for New Belgium’s wood cellar team: Time to begin blending trials for Le Terroir, the dry-hopped, wood-aged sour that lands September 1. First created back in 2003, Le Terroir was an ahead-of-its-time idea, merging citrusy, tropical hops with sour beer; two burgeoning trends at the time brought together by blender Lauren Salazar. In anticipation of this year’s release, we sat down with Salazar to talk about the history of Le Terroir, the hoppy sour movement, and this year’s vintage. Walk us through the origin of Le Terroir. Back in 2003, [brewmaster] Peter Bouckaert made the second base beer in our sour program called Felix, but since we only had four foeders at th...
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How to pair Fat Tire with (almost) anything

As an amber ale, Fat Tire is about as balanced a beer as you’ll find. Sure, that makes it an easy (and tasty) beer to knock back, but it also means that Fat Tire is one of the most agreeable beers to pair with food. With its balance of sweet malts and bitter hops, as well as its nuanced blend of caramel, biscuit and herbal flavors, it’s difficult to find a dish that doesn’t wash down well with Fat Tire. Pairing beer with food can seem mysterious at first, but while it’s a bit more complicated than wine and food due to beer’s wide scope of flavors, it’s really not that hard. There are just a few things to consider when working out a great pairing. The two classic approaches to pairing bee...
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Bake this: Pumpkin ale cupcakes with bourbon caramel frosting

Our favorite pumpkin ale Pumpkick is finally back on shelves, and we’re tipping back lots of the cranberry-lemongrass-pumpkin beer—especially while we’re baking with the beer. That’s right, we’ve got a killer recipe to sate your sweet tooth this season. A friend of the brewery shared this with us, and now we’re handing it over to you. Behold: Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes with Bourbon Caramel Sauce and Bourbon Caramel Buttercream Frosting (deep breath!). Let’s do this: First: Find some Pumpkick near you. Pumpkin Ale Cupcakes Makes 12 cupcakes 2 cups cake flour 1 tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 ½ tsp ground ginger dash of ground cloves ½ tsp ground ...
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Brewery Tours Start in Asheville, showcases Asheville artists

From a Fort Collins, Colo., basement 25 years ago, with your help, we’ve grown into two-breweries with close to 800 coworkers nationwide. Now, we're happy to announce that beginning Labor Day weekend, we'll conduct tours through our new Asheville brewery. Work from regional artists and materials from the site’s history are highlighted along tours, as well as the brewing process and our commitment to sustainability and progressive work place practices—like employee ownership and cool stuff like that. For a sneak peek of the behind-the-scenes work with many local artists who have helped us make this place home, check out the above video. Ninety-percent of our artist partners have shops or...
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Introducing the New Belgium Porch at Colorado State’s football stadium

New Belgium and Colorado State University have some pretty deep ties. A big chunk of New Belgium co-workers (including our founder Kim Jordan) attended the university. New Belgium partners with CSU to store a collection of our house yeast strains. Plus, Kim Jordan and New Belgium teamed up to donate $1 million to CSU’s Fermentation Science and Technology program. We love Colorado State (go Rams!). Our next chapter together is about to unfold as we’re officially announcing today a donation of $4.3 million to CSU’s on-campus stadium project. From the press release: “New Belgium Brewing continues to be such a tremendous supporter of Colorado State University across the board,” said Brett An...
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