New Belgium Brewing Launches Up Next Series with Release of Brut IPA

NBB Bike Text logo 4-colorNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it is kicking off its brand new Up Next Series with the December release of Brut IPA.

Developed to be a new twist on New Belgium’s “tradition of innovation by offering easy-drinking, unique and flavor-bending beers”, the Up Next Series will feature new offerings that “push the boundaries of traditional beer style definitions while giving micro and often regionalized beer trends national exposure.”  With new releases coming every quarter, Up Next Series offerings are intended to “blend trending flavors with a hint of seasonality.”

The first release in the Up Next Series will be Brut IPA, an incredibly crisp India Pale Ale that is “inspired by sparkling wine and partner Dick Cantwell’s foray into brewing Brut IPAs at sister brewery Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco.”  New Belgium’s take on the Brut IPA “pours a bright and bubbly platinum blonde with white grape and tropical aromas that give way to a refreshingly dry finish.”

“The IPA drinker is constantly on the lookout for fresh new flavors and that’s really inspiring for a brewer,” said Ross Koenigs, New Belgium Research & Development Brewer. “San Francisco has been ground zero for development of Brut beers so it’s been a lot of fun bouncing ideas off the team out there. Our Brut IPA mashes wine notes with a beer backbone that delivers the best of both traditions. This beer will take you through the holidays and beyond – it makes a great beer-mosa as well.”

Brut IPA is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Up Next Series offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Brut IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Up Next Series, launching December 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale/Brut India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 40
Malts – Pale & Pilsner
Hops – Nelson Sauvin, Citra, Hull Melon & Azacca
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

 

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New Belgium & Knob Creek Collaborate to Create Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale

NBOakSpire2New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale, a Limited Edition offering brewed in collaboration with Knob Creek Distillery (Clermont, Kentucky), will begin hitting shelves and taps in mid-September 2018.

Brewed to showcase “Knob Creek and New Belgium’s shared passion for innovation and dedication to hard-earned flavor”, Oakspire is “an entirely new style of bourbon barrel ale” that employs the use of “a steel, missile-shaped vessel” that New Belgium’s engineers created to act as “a delivery system where Knob Creek Bourbon-soaked oak spirals and char from used Knob Creek Bourbon barrels [mingle] with – and [add] robust flavors to – New Belgium’s high rye ale.”  Thanks to this new technique, the beer is allowed to pick up “sweet brown sugar and caramel notes” from the char and “flavors of oak and spice” from a “custom blend” of oak spirals that were “toasted in varying degrees.” This all results in a “beautiful, full-flavored” Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale (9% ABV) that boasts “notes of caramel, vanilla and toasted oak.”

“We could have simply barrel-aged some ale, or rested beer on barrel staves, but that wouldn’t have given us the amazing freshness and flavor of Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale,” said Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium. “Our Brewhouse team likes to say that we didn’t just develop a custom extraction technology, but rather, a beer-flavoring ‘missile,’ and we’re thrilled to present our newest, innovative venture with the launch of Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale.”

Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale will officially release in mid-September and hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Special Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Special, mid-September 2018
Style – Rye Beer
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 20
Malts – Pale, Munich, Caramel 80, Rye & Roasted Barley
Hops – Nugget & HBC 472
Yeast – Ale
Special Ingredients – Knob Creek Bourbon soaked oak spirals & char from used Knob Creek Bourbon barrels
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

 

New Belgium Brewing Enters Fall with Three Familiar Seasonals

hero_2018vsleterroirNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced the release of three fan-favorite, fall-themed offerings: Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin AleLe Terroir Dry-Hopped Sour Ale and Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale.

To ease the craft beer community into the months of fall, New Belgium has decided to go the route of comforting familiarity by welcoming back the following three brews for a limited time (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s press release):

Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Ale

Back by popular demand is Atomic Pumpkin, a pumpkin beer unlike any other. Not too spicy, not too sweet, this ale is brewed with Saigon cinnamon and Habanero, Aji, and Del Arbol peppers for an explosion of flavors perfect to kick off fall. This medium-bodied ale pours bright autumnal orange with a light white lacing, and creates a spicy, warming mouthfeel.

ABV – 6.4%
IBU – 10
Yeast – Ale
Special Ingredients – Pumpkin juice, Habanero, Aji, and Del Arbol Peppers, Saigon Cinnamon
Malts – Pale, Munich, Caramel 80
Availability – Now in 12 oz. bottles and on draft while supplies last

Le Terroir Dry-Hopped Sour Ale

Le Terroir, named after the French term meaning “of the earth,” packs the bold and hoppy nose of an American IPA, plus the pucker of a well-crafted sour. Felix, New Belgium’s wood-aged pale sour beer, is dry hopped with whole cone Amarillo and Strata hops to create Le Terroir. The apricot and peach tones of the hops playfully complement the wood-aged backbone without any bitterness, creating a beer that changes subtly every time New Belgium brews it. As with other 2018 New Belgium vintage sour releases, this beer is bottle conditioned and presented in a 375 ml cork and cage format.

ABV – 7.5%
IBU – 12
Yeast – Lager
Hops – Nugget, Amarillo, Strata
Malts – Pale, Wheat, C-80, Carapils, Oats
Maturation – 100% acidified in neutral oak containing the original house mixed culture
Availability – Now in 375 ml bottles

Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale

A tart, refreshing ale with the lip-tingling sweet and sour flavors of lemon and ginger, this Tartastic iteration’s tank sour profile and fruity, spicy undertones enliven the taste buds with each bright, breezy sip.

ABV – 4.5%
IBU – 3
Yeast – Ale
Hops – Nugget
Malts – Pale, White Wheat
Availability – Now in 12 oz. bottles and on draft

The beers described above are available now and can be found at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!

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New Belgium Brewing Set to Release Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA

NBVoodooLPIPANew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will launch Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA as a Special Release offering in July 2018.

Developed to be New Belgium’s “tropical twist on the typical IPA”, Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA is a summer-themed brew that boasts “a mélange of tropical notes.”  Mosaic hops and “a small amount” of Nugget hops combine to give this offering a juicy character that supplies “bursts of guava, mango, grapefruit and white grape.”  Medium-bodied with a mild sweetness, Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA (8% ABV) ultimately comes together as “a delicately bitter and extremely aromatic IPA.”

“The Voodoo Ranger Special Release series gives our brewers a hoppy playground, if you will, a place to play with ingredients, aromas and flavors,” said Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium. “Liquid Paradise offers great flavors and is packed full of wonderful aromas, and we’re just getting started showing off our capabilities as a brewer of hoppy beer.”

Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA will officially release during the first week of July 2018 and will hang around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Special Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft in select markets found within New Belgium’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Special, launching July 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 44
Malts – Pale, Oats & Munich
Hops – Mosaic & Nugget
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

New Belgium Launches The Hemperor HPA as Newest Year-Round

NBhemperor2New Belgium Brewing Company (Ft. Collins, Colorado) has officially introduced The Hemperor HPA, a hemp-infused IPA, as the latest addition to its Year-Round portfolio.

With a mission to revitalize the use of hemp in America and bring attention to the restrictive regulatory process surrounding its use, New Belgium has developed The Hemperor HPA as an American India Pale Ale that “offers a mystical marriage of hops and hemp that fills the senses with a ground-breaking blend of herbal olfactory like no other beer on the market.”  Since “federal law prohibits brewers from using hemp leaf and flower”, The Hemperor “is brewed with hemp hearts (the meat of the seed, minus the shell) and dry-hopped with Simcoe and experimental HBC 522 hops to create a dank, pungent hop aroma balanced by a sweet, mildly bitter finish.”  The Hemperor HPA weighs in at 7% ABV and 55 IBUs and “contains no THC or CBD.”

“Let’s face it, brewers have been trying to get cannabis-like aromas from hops for years, but it’s always missing a certain something,” said Ross Koenigs, New Belgium’s Research and Development Brewer. “The Hemperor HPA is possibly the first beer to deliver meaningful hemp flavors and aromas.”

 

“This beer has been over two years in the making, most of the time spent learning and reacting to laws that really suppress this crop’s usage,” Koenigs said of the beer that is currently banned in Kansas. “Flavor-wise, this isn’t the beer we wanted to make, but due to misinformed laws governing the use of industrial hemp, we had to take a creative and long-winding road to get to this point. We’re happy with where we landed, and we’ll be working to change federal regulation so that one day we can brew The Hemperor HPA with hemp flowers and leaves as we originally envisioned.”

The Hemperor HPA will initially roll out on draft on April 2 and 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles will follow on May 21.  Once fully released, you can expect to find this new Year-Round at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Hemperor HPA from New Belgium Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching April 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 55
Malts – Pale, White Wheat & Midnight Wheat
Hops – Nugget, Cascade, HBC 522 & Simcoe
Added Ingredients – Hemp hearts & natural flavor
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles (May 2018) & draft (April 2018)
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder
Fun Fact – Concerning the use of hemp and The Hemperor’s mission: “The restrictive regulatory process around brewing The Hemperor HPA gives New Belgium the opportunity and platform to raise awareness around the social, environmental and economic benefits of industrial hemp. Beer drinkers will be encouraged to learn more and take action at www.thehemperor.com. New Belgium is also partnering with GCH Inc, the company founded by Willie Nelson and family to build brands inspired by his journey as an artist and advocate, in supporting the national campaign, Hemp 4 Victory, www.H4V75.com. One dollar from every barrel of The Hemperor HPA sold will be donated to Hemp 4 Victory in support of its mission to raise awareness and promote pro-hemp bills in the House & Senate.” 

New Belgium Brewing Introduces Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale

NewBelgiumTartasticRLANew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it is launching its rotating Tartastic Series with the release of Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale.

To build off of the success of the previously released Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour, New Belgium has decided to reestablish the “Tartastic” brand in 2018 as a rotating series of kettle-soured, fruit-forward beers.  Each release in the Tartastic series will be “a blend of two beers – one that is traditionally fermented and one that undergoes a lactobacillus fermentation that creates a subtle tartness.”  Once the two beers are combined, the overall tartness will be tempered and result in “a very refreshing and sessionable beer packed with fruit flavors and aromas.”  Although the Tartastic Series will focus on “other new flavors rotating throughout the year”, it will eventually include the return of the wildly popular Lemon Ginger Sour that started it all.

“We found most of the current competitive offerings to be overly sweet, almost artificial in flavor,” said Ross Koenigs, Brewer at New Belgium. “Our goal here is to let the fruits’ natural sweetness shine through while being complimented and enhanced by blending with a kettle sour. The crew in the brewhouse is pumped to have a new platform to explore all that fruit can bring to the beer table.”

The first Tartastic Series release of 2018 will be Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale, a raspberry hued brew that possesses “welcoming aromas of raspberry, strawberry and cherry, followed by lemon and lime.”  Clocking in at an easy drinking 4.2% ABV, Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale boasts “an irresistibly playful sweet-tart sip that’ll put a smile on your face every time.”

Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale is available now for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this new offering at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Rotating/Tartastic Series, launching February 2018
Style – American Sour Ale (kettle-soured, blended)
ABV – 4.2%
IBU – 8
Malts – Pale & White Wheat
Hops – Nugget
Added Ingredients – Raspberry & Lime purees 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft 
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder

New Belgium Brewing Introduces Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

Voodoo_Ranger_Juicy_Haze_16_oz_can_New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has announced that Juicy Haze IPA is available now as the newest Year-Round member of the Voodoo Ranger family.

The Hazy IPA craze has officially found its way to New Belgium, and it only seems fitting that Juicy Haze IPA should fall under the umbrella of the brewery’s mischievous, hop-lovin’ Voodoo Ranger mascot.  For their take on the style, the brewers at New Belgium created a “medium bodied, unfiltered IPA” loaded with a Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Nugget hops.  Pale orange in color with an opaque haze, Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA ultimately comes together to possess a “soft, velvety mouthfeel” that carries with it “vibrant lemon, orange, guava and pineapple notes [that are] balanced with a light grassy and caramel-like malt aroma giving the beer a sweet start that transitions into a smooth, bitter flavor.”

“It’s no secret that hazy IPAs are incredibly popular right now and New Belgium is the perfect brewery to roll this out on a national scale without compromising quality,” said New Belgium Brewer, Cody Reif. “With more than 10 years brewing unfiltered beers and the ongoing success of our hoppy portfolio, Juicy Haze continues our tradition of pushing boundaries while making creative and innovative beers.”

Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA now joins Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA and Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale to round out New Belgium’s full Year-Round lineup of Voodoo Ranger offerings.

Juicy Haze IPA is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  4-packs of 16 oz. cans will hit shelves in March.  This new Year-Round offering can be found at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2018
Style – New England-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 42
Hops – Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe & Nugget
Malts – Pale, Wheat, C-80 & Oats
Yeast – American Hefeweizen
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft. 4-packs of 16 oz. cans arrive in March 2018
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder

New Belgium Brewing Introduces Honey Orange Tripel as Latest Year-Round

Honey_Orange_Tripel_22oz_BottleNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) has announced that Honey Orange Tripel officially arrives this month as the newest Year-Round addition to the brewery’s Belgian Reserve Series.

Sourcing inspiration from a style that is absolutely beloved at the brewery – the Belgian Golden Strong Ale, New Belgium’s brewers laid the foundation of Honey Orange Tripel with a recipe consisting of three malts and “a mix of Nugget and Styrian Savinjski Goldings hops.”  The beer was then infused with “wild honey sourced from the African Bronze Honey Company, a member of the Fair Trade Federation and a fellow certified B-Corp, and Seville orange peel freshly ground at Old Town Spice Shop just down the road from the brewery in Fort Collins.”  Weighing in at 10% ABV, the finished Honey Orange Tripel proves to be “a big, sweet and citrusy Belgian-style Tripel with thoughtfully sourced ingredients.”

Honey Orange Tripel is available now in 22 oz. bottles and 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles.  You can track down this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Honey Orange Tripel from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Year-Round/Belgian Reserve Series, launches November 2017
Style – Tripel
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 25
Malts – Pale, Munich & Pilsner
Hops – Nugget & Styrian Savinjski Goldings
Yeast – Trappist Ale Yeast
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder

 

New Belgium’s La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Makes its Debut

geishaNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced the limited release of La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale.

To celebrate “the artistry and passion behind two of the world’s most beloved liquids”, the brewers at New Belgium have introduced their award-winning La Folie Sour Brown Ale to the highly coveted Panama Geisha coffee grown at the Peterson family’s Hacienda La Esmeralda.  The whole roasted Geisha coffee beans possess “brilliant mandarin and soft jasmine floral notes which play nicely with the sour plum and cocoa flavors synonymous with La Folie.”  To further marry these flavors, the beer was also brewed with a “custom blend of Colorado-grown malted barley and wheat from Fort Collins based Troubadour Maltings . . . [to bring] the sweet, floral notes to the forefront.”  The 7.9% ABV La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha was finished by being “bottled on nitrogen for a soft, velvet-like mouthfeel and body, and is recommended to be served chilled and fresh (not cellared).”

“La Folie is the sour that launched our wood beer program nearly 20 years ago, and as we reimagine our specialty portfolio, we’re revisiting many of our most-loved and acclaimed beers, presenting them in new and unique ways,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium specialty brand manager. “This take on La Folie is adventurous – reminiscent of coffee’s silky, rich attributes but counterbalanced with the bright, complexity of a foeder-aged sour. This will be the most expensive beer we’ve ever made, and it’s so very worth it.”

La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha is rolling out now in 750ml bottles and will be available while supplies last.  You can look for this Limited Release to be available “in select markets” within New Belgium’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha from New Belgium Brewing 

Release – Limited/Special, late-October/early-November 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.9%
Featured Malts – Malted Barley & Wheat from Fort Collins based Troubadour Maltings
Added Ingredients – Geisha Coffee from Panama’s Hacienda La Esmeralda
Availability – 750ml bottles 
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder
Fun Fact – “New Belgium partnered with Fellow B Corp, Sustainable Harvest out of Portland, OR, who brokered the coffee deal. A portion of proceeds from the beer will contribute to a grant that will distribute climate resistant coffee varietals to small scale coffee farmers across the globe.”

Accumulation White IPA Returns as New Belgium’s Winter Seasonal

Accumulation_12_oz_bottleNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) recently announced that they are once again welcoming winter with the Seasonal release of Accumulation White IPA.

Back for its fifth year as a part of New Belgium’s Seasonal lineup, Accumulation White IPA was created as a reminder to us all that we are not just limited to big ol’ Stouts and Barleywines during the winter months.  Drawing inspiration from Colorado’s white winters, this White India Pale Ale takes your mind from the cold by featuring “Mosaic and Amarillo hops, tropical aroma and soft citrus, mango and lemon flavors, followed by a bitter bite.”  With the “addition of wheat really [smoothing] out the rough bitter edge”, the 6.2% ABV Accumulation White IPA comes together as an offering more than capable of taking on anything winter can throw at it.

“Dark beers tend to dominate the winter months, but we like to buck the trend with an IPA that’s bright and refreshing,” said Bryan Simpson, public relations director for New Belgium. “The addition of wheat smooths out the bitter, hoppy flavors and provides a clean, crisp finish. Accumulation offers an ideal counterpunch to the cold winter months to come.”

Accumulation White IPA is available now and will be hanging around through January of 2018.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Accumulation White IPA from New Belgium Brewing 

Release – Seasonal, October 2017 through January 2018
Style – White IPA
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 55
Featured Hops – Mosaic & Amarillo
Malts – Pale & Wheat
Yeast – American Wheat Ale Yeast
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder