New Belgium Brewing Goes Retro With Release of Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA

NewBelgiumVoodoo1985canNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will continue its Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series with the May release of Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA.

Here to take you “back to the future of hazy IPAs,” Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “bursting with juicy mango, pineapple and guava flavors and aromatics.” Aiming to be “high in flavor and low in bitterness,” Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA is a “bright, fruit-forward IPA [that] showcases a refreshing flavor and slightly lower ABV (6.7%) for bodacious drinkability.”

“For 1985 IPA, we wanted to make a hazy IPA to crush during summertime. 1985 uses loads of Citra and Simcoe hops and then dials up the fruit factor with the addition of mango. The result is an impossibly juicy and drinkable IPA arriving just in time for summer.”

 

– Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium

Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA is out now with plans to hang around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $10.99) and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA from New Belgium Brewing 

Release – Limited/Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series; launching May 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale 
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 30
Hops – Citra, Simcoe & Cascade
Malts – Pale Malt, Oats & Wheat
Added Ingredients – Mango
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

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New Belgium Brewing Goes Organic & Low-Calorie with Launch of The Purist Clean Lager

NewBelgiumThePuristCanNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will introduce The Purist Clean Lager, a USDA Certified Organic beer with only 95 calories, as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering in mid-March 2020.

Meticulously crafted to be “a whole new idea of what beer can be,” The Purist is a Light Lager featuring “pristine, first-use mountain water, organic Oregon barley from the oldest maltster in the Western United States – Great Western Malting – and organic hops grown on a single farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  By honoring the ingredients at every stage of the rigorous process, The Purist is in a new class of its own.”  Incredibly clean, light and refreshing, The Purist weighs in at just 3.8% ABV, 95 calories and 3 grams of carbs.

“This is probably the most technically challenging beer I have ever brewed,” said Cody Reif, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium. “Sourcing organic ingredients to brew a flavorful beer proved to be just short of impossible, but that was only half the battle. Getting the brewing process right was the other half, and I honestly believe we are the only craft brewery in the country that can deliver a beer like this.”

The Purist Clean Lager is scheduled to roll out in mid-March with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $8.99 – $9.99).  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for The Purist Clean Lager from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching mid-March 2020
Style- Light Lager
ABV – 3.8%
Calories – 95
Carbs – 3 grams
Featured Ingredients – “Pristine, first-use mountain water, organic Oregon barley from the oldest maltster in the Western United States – Great Western Malting – & organic hops grown on a single farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley”
Fun Fact – On brewing organic: “The Purist is a labor of love that brings together New Belgium’s innovation leadership with its endless drive to prove business can be a force for good. Sustainability has been a core value for the brewery since day one and New Belgium’s experience in brewing organic beers can be traced back to the 1990s. Brewing any organic beer is a challenge – brewing The Purist demands perfection. It’s a style that leaves nowhere to hide any flaws. New Belgium’s brewing team is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what beer can be, and The Purist is the latest example.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

New Belgium Brewing Adds Sour IPA to Year-Round Lineup

NewBelgiumSourIPAPourNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that Sour IPA, the “first nationally released IPA of its kind,” will be joining its Year-Round portfolio in March 2020.

The result of “over a decade of experimenting with hops and sours” at New Belgium Brewing, Sour IPA is a “fruit-forward” Hazy India Pale Ale dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo hops and then blended with “20% wood-aged golden sour.”  Just like the “crucially placed bridle point” balances a kite, Sour IPA (7% ABV) “balances acidity and hops with delicate perfection.”

“Perfecting the balance of hops and acidity is very difficult and we’ve been doing it for over 10 years now. We’re experts in this space,” said Lauren Limbach, Wood Cellar Director and Blender for New Belgium Brewing. “Sour IPA is another example of approaching IPA through an artisanal lens to create a completely unique experience for the craft beer drinker.”

Sour IPA is rolling out now with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $10.99) and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sour IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2020
Style – Hazy IPA blended with Wood Aged Golden Sour
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Citra & Amarillo 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

New Belgium Brewing Sends Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA Out for a Limited Release

ss_1080x1080_logoNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA in January 2020.

Arriving as the first release of 2020 in New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series, Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that features Galaxy hops and “unique mid-fermentation dry hopping techniques.”  Clocking in at 7.7% ABV, Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA offers a “light to moderate sweetness” complemented by “notes of fresh grapefruit and citrus.”

“We are super excited to launch our first of many brands using a new to New Belgium dry hopping technique called mid-fermentation dry hopping. Years of research went into fine tuning this method and we know it is going to live up to the rest of the Voodoo Ranger series that took 2019 by storm.”

 

– Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium 

Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA released earlier this month (January 2020) and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $10.99) 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 Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series; launching January 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.7%
IBUs – 50
Hops – Galaxy, Jester, El Dorado & Idaho 7
Malts – Pale, Munich & Oats
Fun Fact – “Creating this unique beer is possible due to newly installed brewing equipment that allows Voodoo Ranger brewers to highlight very specific expressions of hop flavors and aromas in beer. The result is fragrances of grapefruit and tropical fruits, with a moderate sweetness and bitterness in balance. Starship IPA marks the first brew with this newly added technology and will be distributed nationally.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

Hi-Wire Brewing Teams up with Three Legendary Breweries for 2020 Collaboration 12-pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will release the 2020 installment of its Collaboration 12-pack, a Limited Release mixed pack that includes beers brewed with Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon), Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) and New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado), in mid-January.

The annually released Hi-Wire Brewing Collaboration 12-Pack (a.k.a. the Spray Paint Collaboration 12-Pack) never disappoints and is always highly sought-after, but this year’s has gone next level by featuring the following three offerings brewed with true legends in the craft beer industry (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Almost West IPA | Collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company – Let it be known that Ninkasi Brewing Company is one of the best IPA producers in the country, period. Together with the hop wizards themselves, Hi-Wire Brewing sought to blur the line between Northwest and Northeast IPAs by blending a higher bitterness and balanced malt character with the experience of a hazy IPA. Almost West IPA (6.8% ABV), dry-hopped with Citra, BRU-1, Amarillo, and Zappa supported by Imperial’s “Juice” Organic Yeast, was born from this blending of worlds. Spritely tangerine citrus peel, lemon-lime, tart passion fruit, peach flesh, and sweet cherry are just a few characteristics present in this kaleidoscope of hop goodness.
  • Intercontinental Contemporary Pilsner | Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing – The famed Cigar City Brewing made the trip up to Asheville next, but the beer-centric journey did not stop there. A shared love of lagers and pilsners was the bottom line in their partnership with Hi-Wire and the resulting carbonated passport. Intercontinental Contemporary Pilsner (5% ABV) brings together hops from around the globe – South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. – then melds them with North Carolina-grown heirloom corn and German malt. A subtly toasted cornbread character and creamy mouthfeel from the malt and Jimmy Red Corn tie together the aromas of tropical fruit, guava, and honeydew from whirlpool hop additions.
  • Belgian Stout | Collaboration with New Belgium Brewing – If the name does not give it away, New Belgium Brewing was founded on traditional Belgian ales, and Hi-Wire Brewing teamed up with their brewers to pay homage to that classic style. Belgian Stout (7% ABV) is not a bold and roasty American-style stout simply brewed with Belgian yeast. The recipe was designed as a proper nod to the Belgian-style, and it all started with the grain bill. Briess’ Midnight Wheat and Epiphany Craft Malt’s Brewer’s Breakfast Malt lend a subtle grain body while Ruby Malt also from the North Carolina-based Epiphany provides notes of plum, fig, and dark fruit. Additions of orange to the base create a classy ale reminiscent of a chocolate orange while star anise adds a whiff of botanical liqueur and soft licorice. Imperial’s Napoleon Belgian Yeast’s high attenuation leaves this beer extremely dry allowing for a pleasant orange twang mixed with smoky cloves on the finish.

**The Collaboration 12-pack will include four 12 oz. cans of each of the beers listed above.**

The Collaboration 12-pack is hitting shelves now and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans available at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky. Prost!

 

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/