• 7 hops that shape the New Belgium portfolio


    * cracks open an IPA * Hops! You love ‘em, we love ‘em, so let’s talk about ‘em, eh?  Here at New Belgium, we use all kinds of hops to color everything from our IPA offerings like Rampant, Ranger and our Hop Kitchen series to Old World styles like Abbey and Trippel. So what hops are we playing with at the moment? I hung out in our pilot brewery to get the scoop on some of the most popular (and soon-to-be popular) varieties that help shape the New Belgium portfolio.

    Let’s talk traditional

    The India Pale Ale isn’t the only style that gets a dose of hops Saaz: Pilot brewers Cody and Ross told me that this Old World Bohemian hop variety is what delivers ...

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  • This is how we build foeders


    In 2013, New Belgium received a shipment of new foeders, doubling the total vessels in our wood cellar to a whopping 64. This is what we refer to as the great wood cellar expansion, which involved a lot of banging on wood, riding forklifts, and careful planning. With the last foeder finally filled earlier this month, we've been feeling pretty nostalgic, so we dug up some old photos of the reassembly process, and a time-lapse video. As you can see, assembling foeders isn't exactly a walk in the park, but we're pretty darn proud of how it turned out.
    The foeders arrived stacked on pallets, waiting to be reassembled. 
    Each foeder's assembled one at a time with a team of helpers.
    As you can ...

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  • Pear Ginger cocktail: Recipes from Star Bar, The Proper Pour

    Our newest Lips of Faith release, Pear Ginger Beer, is officially out and pouring into pint glasses and mixologists’ cocktail shakers across our distribution. That’s right: Not only is the 7%-ABV Pear Ginger and awesome beer, but it makes a killer cocktail mixer as well. Brewed with pear, ginger and lemon peel, it adds a bright, spicy punch to any boozy blend. Hunt down a bottle or two with our Beer Finder. For the release of Pear Ginger, we teamed up with some friends to concoct a whole bunch of cocktail recipes to get you started, like these four amazing drinks from Social in Fort Collins (hit the link to watch the DIY videos). Here are four more recipes from our friends at ...

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  • Pear Ginger cocktail: Brown Betty


    Leading up to the launch of Lips of Faith Pear Ginger Beer, we teamed up with the folks at Fort Collins' Social to craft some awesome cocktail recipes (Pear Ginger's awesome on its own, but a killer mixer as well). Hit the video playlist above to get started with Social's Brown Betty cocktail, then check out the links below for more. Looking for Pear Ginger? Use our trusty Beer Finder.
    Brown Betty 1 1/2 ounce Blanton's Bourbon 1/2 ounce brown sugar syrup  3 blackberries New Belgium Pear Ginger Beer *Add blackberries and brown sugar syrup to a julep cup or large rocks glass and muddle ingredients all around, making sure to coat all of the vessel. Add Bourbon and beer. Pack vessel with pellet ...

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  • Pear Ginger cocktail: Mothership

    Leading up to the launch of Lips of Faith Pear Ginger Beer, we teamed up with the folks at Fort Collins' Social to craft some awesome cocktail recipes (Pear Ginger's awesome on its own, but a killer mixer as well). Hit the video to check out Social's delicious Mothership cocktail. Looking for Pear Ginger? Use our trusty Beer Finder.


    Mothership 3/4 ounce Belle de Brillet Pear Cognac 3/4 ounce Irish Whiskey 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 1/2 ounce honey syrup dash, finely ground Saigon Cinnamon New Belgium Pear Ginger Beer * Combine all ingredients except beer, shake and strain over fresh cubed ice in a large beer glass. Top with beer and give a final stir. Garnish with the zest and twist of an ...

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  • Pear Ginger cocktail: El Gorrion


    Leading up to the launch of Lips of Faith Pear Ginger Beer, we teamed up with the folks at Fort Collins' Social to craft some awesome cocktail recipes (Pear Ginger's awesome on its own, but a killer mixer as well). Hit the video to check out Social's delicious El Gorrion cocktail. Looking for Pear Ginger? Use our trusty Beer Finder.

    El Gorrion  1 1/2 ounce Tequila Ocho Anejo 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce San Pellegrino Aranciata Rosso Soda pinch, Fleur de Sel New Belgium Pear Ginger Beer *Build all ingredients over cubed ice in a Collins or beer glass. Garnish with a wheel of blood orange.
    MORE PEAR GINGER COCKTAILS: Brown Betty Split Rail Mothership Bonus: Recipes from Denver's Star Bar and ...

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  • Pear Ginger cocktail: Split Rail

    Leading up to the launch of Lips of Faith Pear Ginger Beer, we teamed up with the folks at Fort Collins' Social to craft some awesome cocktail recipes (Pear Ginger's awesome on its own, but a killer mixer as well). Hit the video to check out Social's delicious Split-Rail cocktail. Looking for Pear Ginger? Use our trusty Beer Finder.


    Split-Rail 1 1/2 ounce Parce Columbian 12-year Rum 1 ounce Big B's Organic Apple Cider New Belgium Pear Ginger Beer *Build ingredients over ice in your favorite beer glass. Garnish with a few fanned slices of apple or pear.
    MORE PEAR GINGER COCKTAILS: Brown Betty El Gorrion Mothership Bonus: Recipes from Denver's Star Bar and Proper Pour

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  • Inside look: Grilled Pineapple Berliner Weisse with J. Wakefield

    Holy pineapples! That right there is Jonathan Wakefield, of Miami’s J. Wakefield Brewing, slicing up some pineapples for a collaboration beer we’re doing here at New Belgium in our pilot brewery. The beer? Grilled Pineapple Berliner Weisse. Although it’s a rainy day in Fort Collins, the pilot brewery’s nothing short of tropical: Humidity, pineapples, drinking beers in the early afternoon. It’s downright paradise. And Wakefield’s pretty accustomed to paradise: His tropical Florida Weisses (Berliners brewed with exotic fruit—check out this pink beer) are nothing short of amazing. So, we invited him out our way to hang out and brew a sessionable Berliner spiked with pineapples we cut, grilled and pureed right here at the brewery. “The thought of putting grilled pineapple ...

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  • Share your Snapshot photos, enter to win prints from Social Print Studio

    If we learned anything in kindergarten, it’s that sharing is pretty awesome. It makes you feel good, and it makes everyone around you feel pretty good, too. So we’re asking New Belgium fans to celebrate the art of sharing by spreading the love through Snapshot and, well, snapshots. For the next few weeks, we’re pairing photography and Snapshot, our easy-drinking tart wheat, for some social media fun. All you have to do to join in is tag your photos #SnapshotWheat on Instagram and Twitter, and you could walk away with a gift card from Social Print Studio (where you can turn your beautiful digital images into the real, frame-worthy deal). Start tagging now. In the meantime, take a deep dive into Snapshot snapshots by ...

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  • We’re rolling into the Keystone State

    Hello, Pennsylvania (well, hello in a few months!). Yep, it’s true, and we’re pretty darn excited. We’re very happy to announce that New Belgium’s headed to the Keystone State, and we expect to roll across state lines on our Fat Tire bikes by Aug. 31. High-five! So, now that you’re excited, let me introduce you to a few awesome tools that will help you enjoy the most of New Belgium. For starters, check out our Beer Finder, a key source for tracking down your soon-to-be favorite New Belgium beers once we arrive. For the nuts-and-bolts of this development, give our arrival press release a read, which lists who will distribute our beer throughout your great state. Lastly, you might want to download our Beer ...

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