New Belgium Brewing & TRVE Brewing Co. Collaborate on Where I Live Dark Sour Ale

NBTRVEWhereILive2New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that Where I Live, a Limited Release Mixed Culture Sour Ale brewed in collaboration with TRVE Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado), is hitting select markets now.

Inspired by the “ancient Belgian tradition” of blending wood-aged Sour Ales, Lauren Limbach, New Belgium Wood Cellar Director and Blender, and Nick Nunns, Founder of TRVE Brewing, have “long dreamt of blending their sour beers” but such a project was not legally possible until December 2017 when the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform “legalized brewery-to-brewery tax-free transfers of beer.”

“When we first started talking about this collaboration at GABF 2016, it wasn’t even legal,” says Limbach. “U.S. brewers couldn’t send beer to each other for this kind of project. That changed in late 2017, paving the way for what we think is the first beer of its kind in the U.S. — legally, at least.”

To bring this “dream collaboration” to life, New Belgium started Where I Live with a base beer brewed with malts from Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins and fermented with Norwegian Kveik yeast.  That base beer was then “blended with a foeder-aged dark sour, then further matured with TRVE’s mixed-culture in one of New Belgium’s French oak foeders.”  To finish the beer off, the final blend was “circulated over whole-flower lavender grown on the Western Slope of Colorado by Two Bears Farms.”  Clocking in at 6% ABV, Where I Live comes together to be “a floral-infused, malt-driven, crushable sour full of friendship and intent.”

Where I Live officially debuted on Black Friday, November 29 and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, California, Nevada, Missouri, Connecticut, Kentucky and New York.  Prost!

Vital Information for Where I Live from New Belgium Brewing & TRVE Brewing Company

Release – Limited; November 29, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
Malts – Pevec, Ballad & Encore from Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins, Colorado
Added Ingredients – Whole flower lavender
Yeast – Kveik
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Limited; Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, California, Nevada, Missouri, Connecticut, Kentucky & New York
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

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Lauren Limbach, New Belgium Wood Cellar Director and Blender, illustrates the process for creating Where I Live. Photo Credit: New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing Introduces Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale

NBB Bike Text logo 4-colorNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it has teamed up with High Brew Coffee (Austin, Texas) to release Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale in late October 2019.

Arriving as the latest boundary pushing offering to come out of New Belgium’s Up Next Series, Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is a nitro-infused American Cream Ale featuring “oats and High Brew’s cold brew [coffee] for a velvety mouthfeel and refreshing finish.” Coming in at just 5% ABV and 13 IBUs, Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is the “smooth, creamy, and refreshing coffee beer” that you have been searching for.

Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to last through the final quarter of 2019.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release offering at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s vast distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital information for Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Up Next Series; launching late October 2019
Style – American Cream Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 13
Malts – Pale, Munich, Oats & Black
Hops – Nugget
Added Ingredients – High Brew Cold Brew Coffee
Fun Fact – Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is “canned with nitro… pour hard!”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

New Belgium Brewing Celebrates Summer with Limited Release of Juicifer IPA

NewBelgiumJuiciferNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that the next installment in its Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series will be the summer release of Juicifer IPA.

Developed to be a slightly more bitter take on the Hazy IPA style, Juicifer (7.7% ABV, 50 IBUs) is a hybrid-ish India Pale Ale that “pours a hazy golden pale, with a sweet, slightly citrus-y start giving way to subtle sourness before finishing with a potent hop punch” sourced from Citra INCOGNITO™, Galaxy and Chinook hops.  Hopheads can expect “aromas of guava and pineapple [to dominate] this medium-bodied beer.”

“Innovation and experimentation is the name of the game when it comes to our rotating IPA series,” said Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium. “For Juicifer, we took our cues from hazy IPAs, but turned up the volume on the hop bitterness. It’s big hop flavor that is easy drinking.”

Juicifer IPA is rolling out now but will only be sticking around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Juicifer IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series; launching May 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.7%
IBUs – 50
Malts – Pale, Oats & Munich
Hops – Citra INCOGNITO™, Galaxy & Chinook
Fun Fact – On the Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series: “This series was born out of New Belgium’s desire to further experiment with hop-forward flavors while highlighting the brewery’s ground-floor collaborations with hop producers to cultivate cutting-edge, experimental varieties.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

 

Southern Vine Sour Emerges from New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve Series

wcr-southern-vine_package_1080x1080New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially introduced Southern Vine Sour as the newest Limited Release offering to come out of the brewery’s Wood Cellar Reserve program.

Crafted as an “homage to the southern culinary scene”, Southern Vine Sour is a “smooth-drinking” Golden Sour Ale that picks up “delightful white grape flavors” from the use of Scuppernong grapes, the official state fruit of North Carolina.  To get the flavors balanced just right, the Scuppernongs were “refermented in a single French Oak foeder using the brewery’s golden sour base beer, which features the oldest, continuous souring culture in America. Prior to bottling, wild-harvested Sumac berries were added, harvested from the Wild Woodlands Sumac Groves of Ottawa, Canada.”  After two years of development, Southern Vine Sour (8.4% ABV) has come together to be a “one-of-a-kind beer [that is] sweet throughout, sour in the middle and full of candy pineapple and floral notes.”

“Southern Vine Sour has it all – an individual barrel expression, fruit and spice experimentation, and fermentation exploration,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing specialty brand manager. “It’s New Belgium ambition and passion in a bottle.”

 

“We brewed this in honor of our brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, and surrounding friends in the Southern states,” Emerton continued. “It is an elegant expression of two passions – wood and beer – and straddles the line between white wines and fruited American wild ales.”

Southern Vine Sour is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 375ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana.  Prost!

Vital Information for Southern Vine Sour from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Wood Cellar Reserve, April 2019
Style – Golden Sour Ale
ABV – 8.4%
Added Ingredients – Wild Scuppernong grapes & wild Sumac berries
Fun Fact – “The Scuppernong grape is a variety of Muscadine, which is indigenous to the United States, and was first discovered off the coast of North Carolina over 400 years ago. That original grapevine, now referred to as the ‘Mothervine’, is the oldest cultivated grapevine in America. To source these grapes for Southern Vine Sour, New Belgium partnered with the Mothervine Wine Company, whose efforts go toward the protection and conservation of the original grapevine.” 
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas & Louisiana

Passion Fruit Kölsch ‘Up Next’ for New Belgium Brewing

NBB Bike Text logo 4-colorNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that Passion Fruit Kölsch is hitting shelves and taps now as the latest Limited Release in its Up Next Series.

Meant to be New Belgium’s “take on an American-style fruit beer”, Up Next Passion Fruit Kölsch is a refreshing Kölsch-style Ale brewed with passion fruit juice.  “Bright, pale yellow” in color, this brew boasts “invigorating aromas of passion fruit, guava, and tropical punch” and loads of “tropical fruit flavors.” Medium in body and coming in a low 4.3% ABV, Passion Fruit Kölsch “is moderately sweet throughout, weaving in a slightly tart middle before finishing with a flash of bitterness.”

“Passion Fruit Kölsch is a crushable, refreshing fruit-forward beer ready for fun in the sun,” said Cody Reif, New Belgium Research & Development Brewer. “The big challenge was to strike a delicate balance between sweet tropical fruit flavors and traditional beer flavors. We wanted to create a beer still recognizable as a beer, but also with a very evident fruit character that even non-beer drinkers will love.”

Up Next Passion Fruit Kölsch is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Up Next Passion Fruit Kölsch from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Up Next Series, late March/early April 2019
Style – Kölsch
ABV – 4.3%
IBUs – 13
Malts – Pale & Pilsner
Hops – Nugget, Azacca & Calypso
Special Ingredients – Passion Fruit Juice

Fun Fact – “The Up Next Series features new flavors rotating quarterly throughout 2019. Future offerings push the boundaries of traditional beer style definitions while giving micro and often regionalized beer trends national exposure. Limited only by the imagination of the brewing team, the Up Next Series intends to blend trending flavors with a hint of seasonality.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

New Belgium Brewing Introduces La Folie Grand Reserve: PX

NBLaFoliePXbottleNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the incredibly limited release of La Folie Grand Reserve: PX on February 9.

Inspired by “a love of dessert wines”, La Folie Grand Reserve: PX – the latest small batch version of New Belgium’s award-wining La Folie – was created with the use of “20 sought-after sherry barrels, each previously holding PX Sherry.”  If you are unfamiliar with this particular sherry, the “PX” references “Pedro Ximénez, a white Spanish wine grape varietal grown under intense sun to produce the super sweet, unctuous Pedro Ximénez Sherry with flavors of figs, molasses, roasted nuts and exotic spices.”  After La Folie’s dark base beer and New Belgium’s house culture matured in these barrels for nine months, the sherry barrel-aged base beer was infused with “400 whole, hand-split Tahitian vanilla beans . . . for four months, swirled every day to intensify the combination of vanilla’s sweetness with existing fig, sour plum and cocoa flavors.”  Once this laborious process was completed, the finished La Folie Grand Reserve: PX (8% ABV) was “bottled and kegged on a gentle amount of nitrogen, a unique technique unusual for wood-aged sour beers, providing a smooth and velvety mouthfeel that elevates the entire drinking experience.”

“When I set out to make Grand Reserve, I feel like I’m taking La Folie to the prom or on a once-in-a-lifetime luxury vacation. It has to be very special,” explained Lauren Woods Limbach, New Belgium’s wood cellar director and blender. “La Folie is already so brilliant and complex. What I look for is the spaces in between and imagine what we could introduce to fill in those flavor gaps. The dried, stewed fruit of PX Sherry promised to elevate La Folie to a new level.”

 

“It was an absolute labor of love. We were very meticulous throughout the process, sort of like helicopter parents/brewers. You really only get one shot at it,” Limbach continued, noting the limited availability of fresh sherry casks. “This recipe started in my head about two years ago. It always feels a little magical when the end result matches such high expectations.”

La Folie Grand Reserve: PX officially releases on Saturday, February 9 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 375ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located “in select markets in the states of Colorado, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Missouri, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Idaho, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.”  Prost!

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

Release – Limited; February 9, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 8%
Treatment – Aged for nine months in Pedro Ximénez Sherry barrels; infused with 400 whole, hand-split Tahitian vanilla beans for an additional four months
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Select markets in Colorado, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Missouri, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Illinois, Idaho, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts

New Belgium Launches Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series with Release of Liquid Paradise IPA

nbliquidpromoNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it is kicking off its newly-established Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series with the Limited Release of Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA.

Arriving as the first of three Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series releases headed your way in 2019, Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise is a tropical India Pale Ale that combines “Mosaic Incognito with small amounts of Nugget, Azacca and [Cascade] hops.”  These carefully selected hops infuse this medium-bodied IPA with “a mild sweetness that propels bursts of guava, mango, grapefruit and white grape.”  Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA clocks in 7.8% ABV and 44 IBUs.

“The wonderful aromas and great tropical flavors of Liquid Paradise can be largely credited to the use of Mosaic Incognito hops,” said Ross Koenigs, research and development brewer at New Belgium. “While Mosaic hops are nothing new, the Incognito process efficiently extracts the aromatic lupulin from the plant material to offer new layers of flavor and aroma for us to play with.”

As far as the series itself goes, the Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series was “born out of New Belgium’s desire to further experiment with hop-forward flavors while highlighting the brewery’s ground-floor collaborations with hop producers to cultivate cutting-edge, experimental varieties.”  Liquid Paradise IPA will be followed in 2019 with the release of Juicifer, “a devilishly juicy IPA”, and a “special crowd-sourced release” that will be named at a later date.

“The Voodoo Ranger Rotator series allows our brewers to engage in playful exploration that can bring entirely new flavor profiles to the world of IPA’s,” said Koenigs. “We’re just getting started with this exciting new series. Beer drinkers should keep an eye out for each ground-breaking offering throughout the year.”

Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA is rolling out now and will stick around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft 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 Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series, launching January 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.8%
IBUs – 44
Hops – Nugget, Mosaic Incognito, Azacca & Cascade
Malts – Pale, Caramel 20, Oats & Munich
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

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/

 

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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