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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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