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

 

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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.”

Trippel_editedBelgian Collection

“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!

Abbey

 

Group Led By New Belgium Brewing Acquires Magnolia Brewing

oud-beersel-logoA group consisting of New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, Colorado), Oud Beersel (Beersel, Belgium) and Elysian Brewing Co. Founder Dick Cantwell has come forward today to announce that it has entered into an agreement to purchase San Francisco’s Magnolia Brewing as part of a bankruptcy proceeding.

A long-standing icon in San Francisco’s beer scene, Magnolia Brewing was established in 1997 by Dave McLean at the corner of Haight and Masonic in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district.  This pub and brewery quickly became a “neighborhood institution” by “serving artisanal pub food and producing a mainly English-style lineup of beers from a brewery in the basement.”  Although the brewery has produced “an array of award-winning beers” over the last 20 years, Magnolia is best known for its Proving Ground IPA and Kalifornia Kolsch.  The brewery expanded in 2014 with the addition of The Smokestack, “a barbecue restaurant attached to a 30-barrel production brewery, in the Dogpatch neighborhood of the city.”  Unfortunately, Magnolia Brewing started experiencing financial issues in 2015 “because of construction delays with Smokestack and slower than anticipated development in the neighborhood, which led the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2015.”

The newly-formed partnership that has acquired Magnolia Brewing “will be a majority-owned subsidiary of New Belgium, with Elysian Founder Dick Cantwell and Belgian lambic producer Oud Beersel as minority partners.” This partnership plans to “continue to operate both Magnolia locations with existing staff and brands.”  One of the biggest changes will see Cantwell taking the helm of brewing operations while “working alongside Magnolia founder Dave McLean, who will be an employee of the partnership.”  This marks Cantwell’s first brewing job since leaving Elysian Brewing Co. in 2015 after it was acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

“I’m tremendously excited to be back in the beer business and looking forward to working with the team at Magnolia to develop new beers and new ideas,” said Cantwell. “This project is the natural evolution of a longstanding strategy of collaboration between myself, New Belgium and Oud Beersel.”

The most exciting news about this acquisition just might be Oud Beersel’s role in this whole thing.  Playing the role of a “contributing experimenter”, Oud Beersel plans to eventually ship “containers of its traditionally-produced and spontaneously fermented beers for blending with Magnolia-crafted beers.” This is quite a big deal because in order to “be called lambic the beer must be produced in Belgium, and by shipping lambic to San Francisco the world’s first dedicated lambic blendery outside of Belgium will be established.”  This project will also include the installation of a coolship and “the wooden aging vessels for which both New Belgium and Oud Beersel are known.”  Once installation is completed, it is expected that New Belgium will “ship beer to San Francisco for blending from its Fort Collins, Colorado brewery.”

Subject to “customary closing conditions”, this deal is expected to be completed in September.  If all goes to plan, this acquisition has the potential to be a massive, game-changing move in American craft beer. More details are sure to surface as time goes on, and we will update you just as soon as we get that information.  Stay tuned.  Prost!

 

New Belgium Brewing Goes 100% Wood-aged with Transatlantique Kriek and Doses Voodoo Ranger with Passionfruit

TransatlantiqueKriek2017_22ozBottle_MNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) recently announced that it is hitting the month of June with two Limited Release offerings: 2017 Transatlantique Kriek and Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA.

The brewers at New Belgium are incredibly proud of 2017 Transatlantique Kriek because this year’s release has the distinction of being 100% wood-aged for the first time in the beer’s history.  This Sour Ale is a blend of “50 percent New Belgium Foeder-aged Golden Sour and 50 percent Authentic Kriek Lambic from Brewery Oud Beersel.”  This beer begins in Belgium where Oud Beersel creates a spontaneously fermented Lambic that is soured in oak barrels.  That Lambic then becomes a Kriek after months of maturing on Polish cherries.  Once completed, the Authentic Kriek Lambic is sent to New Belgium to blend with their “oak-aged sour golden” to create Transatlantique Kriek.  The 6.5% ABV Kriek has a flavor profile that “is spritzy, mouthwatering and fruity, along with tartness from the cherries.”  2017 Transatlantique Kriek is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s expansive distribution network.

“This year’s beer is particularly iconic because it’s 100% wood aged,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Specialty Brand Manager. “Because of our process with this beer, we actually had the incredible honor of having Transatlantique Kriek at this year’s Toer de Geuze in Belgium, the premier sour beer event in the world.”

 

“We showcased our beer alongside 12 other authentic lambic producers,” added Lauren Limbach, New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Director & Blender. “It was an incredible honor and a total dream come true!”

VRSR_Passionfruit_Imperial_IPA_22ozAs an added bonus, New Belgium Brewing is also releasing the newest addition to its Voodoo Ranger lineup this month: Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA.  This specialty release is a “crisp and refreshing” American Double India Pale Ale that has “tropical aromas and passionfruit flavors . . . backed by a strong presence of Citra and Galaxy hops.”  Although it may weigh in at a sizable 8% ABV, Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA still promises to be a perfect pairing for summer.  This Specialty Release is available for a limited time in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer destinations located within New Belgium’s distribution area.

Both 2017 Transatlantique Kriek and Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA are only available for a limited time, so be sure to check them out while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for 2017 Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Sour Series, June 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Treatment – 100% wood-aged; “a mix of 50 percent New Belgium Foeder-aged Golden Sour and 50 percent Authentic Kriek Lambic from Brewery Oud Beersel in Belgium.” 
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Specialty, June 2017
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Citra & Galaxy
Added Ingredients – “Passionfruit flavors”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder

New Belgium Brewing Sends French Oak Saison Out for Limited Release

French_Oak_Saison-1New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced the release of French Oak Saison as the brewery’s latest Limited Release offering.

The brewers at New Belgium Brewing developed French Oak Saison as their “take on the original 18th century Saisons brewed along the Belgian and French countryside.”  This Farmhouse Ale begins with a base of Rye and Spelt grains to produce a medium body, “while Huell Melon and Tettnang hops provide a honeydew and white pepper aroma.”  After aging in “French oak foeders for 15-18 months”, this 7.5% ABV Wallonia-style Saison is finally completed once it achieves “a mouthwatering sourness with a clean, dry finish.”

French Oak Saison is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this limited release on shelves and taps at select craft beer retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s distribution network. French Oak Saison is only available while supplies last, so get it while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for French Oak Saison from New Belgium Brewing Company

Release – Limited, launching mid-April 2017
Style – Saison/Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Malts – Rye & Spelt grains
Hops – Huell Melon & Tettnang 
Treatment – Aged in French oak foeders for 15 to 18 months
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/Beer/finder

New Belgium Brewing to Introduce Fat Tire Belgian White

new-belgium-logoNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) has officially announced plans to expand upon the Fat Tire trademark family by launching Fat Tire Belgian White in August as a Special Release.

For 25 years, Fat Tire Amber Ale has easily been one of the most popular offerings in New Belgium’s portfolio and in American craft beer culture in general.  Well, this iconic offering will soon have a sister beer for the first time in its storied history.  Fat Tire Belgian White stays “true to New Belgium’s roots” and the style by being a “light-bodied, unfiltered wheat beer, brewed with juicy Seville orange peel and freshly ground coriander.”  Seville oranges were carefully selected as a brewing ingredient because they have “a brighter, less cloying sweetness than Valencia oranges that are typically used in Belgian White beers.”  This meticulously crafted recipe results in a 5.2% ABV brew that provides “the perfect balance of refreshment and drinkability with just a hint of sweetness.”

“Fat Tire Belgian White captures the spirit and flavor of a truly authentic Belgian White beer,” said New Belgium’s Belgian Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. “We are sourcing the Seville orange peel and coriander through Old Town Spice Shop locally here in Fort Collins, so the spices are freshly ground less than a mile from our brewery. This gives the beer a fuller, fresher flavor and aroma resulting in a very drinkable Belgian White beer with just the right amount of complexity.”

Fat Tire Belgian White will be available for a limited time beginning on August 1, 2017.  This Special Release offering will be found in 12 oz. bottles, in variety packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, restaurants and bars in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s distribution network.  It goes without saying that New Belgium Brewing would only consider applying the Fat Tire name to a truly special beer, so keep an eye out for Fat Tire Belgian White when it launches later this year. Prost!

Vital Information for Fat Tire Belgian White from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Special Release, launching August 2017
Style – White Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 12
Malts – Pale, White Wheat & Oats
Hops – Nugget & Cascade
Yeast – American Wheat Ale Yeast
Added Ingredients – Grains of Paradise, Fresh Ground Seville Orange Peel & Fresh Ground Indian Coriander
Availability – 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder

 

New Belgium Brewing Introduces Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale

Juicy_Watermelon_12_oz_canNew Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced the release of Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale as the brewery’s new spring-summer Seasonal.

Developed to be “the perfect option for beating back the summer heat,” Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale is hitting shelves and taps now as the latest Seasonal release from New Belgium.  This new offering has been brewed with watermelon and lime peel to provide an experience boasting “a bright fruity flavor and a thirst-quenching finish.”  At just 5% ABV and 7 IBUs, Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale is the “approachable, fruit-infused ale” we will all be in need of as the seasons shift and the temperatures begin to get out of hand.

“A great summer beer is one that not only satisfies your taste buds but also offers a bit of refreshment,” said Bryan Simpson, PR Director for New Belgium Brewing. “The combination of watermelon and lime plays perfectly together, making it ideal for the warmer days ahead.”

Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale is available now and will be hanging around through the month of July.  This Seasonal release will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s vast distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company 

Release – Seasonal, March to July 2017
Style – Fruit Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 7
Malts – Pale & Caramel 80
Hops – Nugget
Yeast – Ale yeast
Added Ingredients – Watermelon & lime peel
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/Beer/finder