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

New Belgium Brewing Introduces Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Ale

atomicpumpkinNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) recently announced that it is spicing up its Voodoo Ranger lineup this fall with the special release of Atomic Pumpkin Ale.

The Voodoo RangerNew Belgium’s mischievous mascot and face of the brewery’s edgy line of hop-laden brews and special releases – is taking a break from the hops this fall to put his twist on the Pumpkin Ale style with the introduction of Atomic Pumpkin Ale.  “Brewed with Saigon cinnamon and Habanero peppers”, this 6.4% ABV, specialty Seasonal release promises to be a unique experience that “starts out sweet and finishes spicy with a little bitterness in between.”

“Atomic Pumpkin is a twist on pumpkin ale for beer drinkers who like some heat,” said Bryan Simpson, public relations director for New Belgium. “Classic fall flavors like pumpkin pie and cinnamon offer a sweet counterpart to the fiery peppers, making it a great, full-flavored beer for the crisp autumn weather.”

Atomic Pumpkin Ale is rolling out now and will be available through October 2017.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s expansive distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Ale from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Specialty/Seasonal, August through October 2017
Style – Pumpkin Ale
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 10
Malts – Pale Mena, Pale Rahr, Caramel & Munich
Hops – Nugget
Yeast – California Ale Yeast
Added Ingredients – Pumpkin, Habanero & Saigon Cinnamon
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder

 

New Belgium Unveils New Specialty Portfolio with Debut of Three Premium Series

DSC_2737 copy1600x900.jpg _edited.jpgNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it has reimagined its portfolio of specialty releases with the introduction of three new premium series: Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve and Belgian Collection.

Shaking things up when you are one of the country’s most recognizable craft beer brands may be difficult, but the folks at New Belgium decided to establish these new series in an effort to properly “showcase the brewery’s Belgian roots and provide a platform for small-batch barrel-aged experimentation.”  The beers that will comprise these premium series will range from rare experiments to new-look old favorites, but all are meant to be eye-catching, thought-provoking offerings.

“When we set out to reinvigorate one of America’s most established specialty portfolios, we quickly realized that to move forward, we had to dig into our roots,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing Specialty Brand Manager. “The overall vision with this new portfolio is to highlight beers we’ve been producing for years while adding new esoteric releases, and presenting them in a way that conveys the attention and respect that they deserve.”

It is probably best to just allow New Belgium to speak for itself when it comes to the Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve and Belgian Collection, so here are their full descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release:

Wood Cellar Reserve

New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve series is made up of a selection of rare, small batch wild and sour ales expertly aged by the most award-winning sour brewery in America. From individual barrel expressions, fruit and spice experimentations, and fermentation explorations, the series represents our most ambitious efforts in our two biggest passions – wood and beer. These beers contain the longest, continuous souring culture in America and will age in the bottle for years to come. Each batch is hand-bottled, conditioned over a number of months, and 100% naturally carbonated allowing for the perfect texture and carbonation that our blenders intended for the beer to be enjoyed.

The Wood Cellar Reserve series debuted last month with the brewery-only release of Le Kreik Noir. Next up is Single Foeder Oscar No. 65This unblended dark sour has been maturing for 12 months in a 100 percent Missouri white oak foeder – the first American oak to join New Belgium’s forest of 65 French oak foeders. The beer pours dark walnut red and features subtle vanilla and coconut flavors that play beautifully with attributes like plum skins and cherry cola. Single Foeder Oscar No. 65 is available in limited quantities. Both the Fort Collins and Asheville breweries have cork and cage 750ml bottles. Additional 375ml bottles will be available in select markets later this month. Single Foeder Oscar No. 65 comes in at 8.5% ABV.”

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“The Belgian Reserve series is about highlighting the great lengths we’ll go to in order to source and brew intriguing, complex yet sophisticated beers. Whether that’s 3,000 miles away or three feet away in our Wood Cellar. First up for this series is Sour Saison, New Belgium’s first ever year-round, traditional sour ale. To create this intriguing Saison, a French oak barrel-aged sour ale is artfully blended with a rustic, champagne-like Farmhouse Ale. This medium-light bodied beer pours goldenrod yellow with a nearly opaque heavy sheen and offers a pleasant mix of aromas including lemons and cloves, mild white grape, white pepper, and coriander. ‘Our goal was to create a timeless beer. Something that represented our world-class sour program as well as our passion for Belgian-style beer,’ says Ross Koenigs, New Belgium R&D Brewer. Sour Saison is 7% ABV and is available now in 12- and 22-oz bottles and draft.”

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“The brewery’s Belgian Collection features beers with a true Belgian heritage. As such, two longtime favorites from New BelgiumAbbey and Trippel, have received refreshed packaging to complement their recent recipe upgrade last year, which distinguishes the beers as part of the brewery’s Belgian Collection. Abbey, a garnet brown hued Belgian-style dubbel, is one of New Belgium’s first beers and its most award winning, and Trippel, a golden ale featuring sweet citrus flavors and a strong boozy bite, have a new look that incorporates the original hand-painted label art created by the founder’s neighbor, artist Ann Fitch.”

The beers named in the descriptions above are just the beginning as New Belgium has “future releases planned for each series.”  We will update you with details on future releases whenever we receive that information, so stay tuned.  Until then, you can track down the current releases in the Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve and Belgian Collection series by using New Belgium’s Beer Finder or by downloading the brewery’s Beer Mode app.  Prost!

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