• The Beer Advocate Reveal: It's a girl


    You may have seen a New Belgium Reveal tap handle floating around Instagram and Twitter last night. The handle was part of a special announcement Beer Advocate's Todd and Candice Alström coordinated with New Belgium and Falling Rock Taphouse to reveal the gender of the child they're expecting. Good news: It's a girl! Congrats Alströms! A few months ago, Todd and Candice got in touch with New Belgium with a pretty clever idea. Brew one of two beers—a pink beer or a blue beer—and release it on tap at Falling Rock as a surprise to friends and family. Best friend and New Belgium brewer Kelly Mcknight helped the two brew the beer under top-secret conditions inside New Belgium's pilot brewery, with only a handful of ...

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  • What’s the deal with Trappist beers?

    Trappist-style beers, right? Single, dubbel, tripel, quadrupel—why don’t you just go ahead and supersize me? But seriously, Trappist-style beers seem to be one of the most organized genres of beers, but still prove to be a bit mystifying. Nope, a tripel isn’t “one larger” than a dubbel—it isn’t even the same color. So, what’s the deal with Trappist-style beers? Technically, Trappist beers are produced by 11 recognized abbeys mostly throughout Europe, with the six oldest residing in Belgium (Rochefort dates back to the 1500s). Yep, we’re talking about monks making beer, and the beer comes in all shapes and sizes. Actually, make that strength and colors. It just so happens that here at New Belgium, we make (or have made) all of them. So, let’s ...

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  • From Outside: The ultimate party bike

    Like Outside Magazine, we have an affinity for the outdoors...and apparently swing bikes. This week, the publication posted a story about one of the awesome people we're spotlighting in our summer Zagging campaign, Jimmy Kuehnle (if you have a moment, check out the other awesome people we're teaming up with). Jimmy Kuehnle's a Cleveland-based artist known for things like inflatable art, bike projects, and other rad things, and what you see above is a picture of the swing bike we commissioned that includes space for grills, coolers, umbrellas and, of course, people. It's pretty much the ultimate party bike. So swing over to Outside and check out the whole story. Cheers — Chris 

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  • From Forbes: A look inside New Belgium's festivals


    Forbes contributor Darren Dahl, who’s currently writing a series of deep-dive posts into the business and culture of New Belgium, recently took a look at the two marque New Belgium festivals (Tour de Fat and Clips Beer & Film Tour), and how they’re actively supporting communities across the country. For his post “How Riding Bikes, Watching Movies, and Drinking Beer Helps Your Community,” Dahl caught up with New Belgium’s Michael Craft and Christie Cantania, who helm the two festivals. The whole piece is a nice inside look at how we choose partner non-profits in the cities those festivals hit; how much money we raise; and the role New Belgium co-workers play in support of the festivals. Give it a read, and then go check out ...

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  • 2015 Durham Tour de Fat was (once again) DuRadical


    Hi everyone! Did you attend the Durham Tour de Fat this weekend? If you responded yes, then there's really no need to keep reading — you already know how extreme, fantastical and splendid the day was. If you answered no, then I'm happy to inform you that over $25,000 was raised for our nonprofit partners (BikeWalk NC, Triangle Spokes Group, and Durham Bike Coop). That's a whole lot of beer, and it was all enjoyed by about 4,000 North Carolinians. Now we're looking to Chicago for the next TdF on July 11. Here's to hoping the weather cooperates a bit more than it did in 2014... Cheers and love — Nic

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  • Which summery New Belgium lager's right for you?

    Mix together a warm summer day, a few crisp beers, and [insert your favorite summer hangout spot], and that’s pretty much the recipe for the good ol’ American Dream, right? Right. While we’ve got a ton of refreshing beers in our line-up that prove ultra-drinkable during the summer months, there’s nothing quite like a thirst-quenching lager to cool down your brow when the sun hits high noon—and we’ve got three perfect lagers to grab this season. But aren’t all lagers the same? No way, pal. Check it out:
    Skinny Dip ABV: 4.2% IBU: 22 What makes it so special? Peaches, Cascade hops, and only 117 calories. So, what’s it like? This light-bodied lager packs a fruity punch, thanks to additions of peach juice and citrusy ...

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  • How hops affect these 5 New Belgium beers

    These days, hops are popularly associated with the aggressive, dominant profile they lend to IPAs and imperial IPAs (see Rampant, Ranger and Slow Ride), but what if I told you that they’re also capable of subtlety? It’s true: Hops can be a team player, too. Hops excel at elevating a beer with nuance, just as much as driving a palate wrecking IPA. So, let’s take a look at the different ways hops affect these five New Belgium beers:
    ENHANCE AROMA Le Terroir Dry-Hopped Sour Ale ABV: 7.5% IBU: 12 It’s amazing that a non-IPA beer with only 12 IBUs (international bittering units) can still smack you in the face with a big, juicy hop aroma. That’s because this sour ale is dry-hopped, a ...

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  • Pucker up for Hop Tart


    Great news! Our new hoppy American sour pale ale—appropriately named Hop Tart—is officially out, hitting taps at a bar near you. The latest beer in our draft-only Hop Kitchen series combines the stainless lacto souring process used in Snapshot, with a large helping of rad hops, including Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, and Experimental Hop 522. It’s tropical up front, with an assertive sour punch in the back, and clocks in at 5% ABV and 30 IBUs. If you like our other hoppy sours like Le Terroir and Ted's Beer, you're going to love Hop Tart. Lacto souring: What does it mean? The process is pretty science-y, so we put together some helpful videos to illustrate just how we developed Hop Tart. Hit play on the ...

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  • Video: 6 key differences between stainless and wood cellar souring


    Our next Hop Kitchen beer Hop Tart hits taps on Monday, so we thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the differences between stainless souring (which we use in releases like Hop Tart and Snapshot) and the souring process that goes down in our wood cellar (La Folie, Le Terroir, etc). We asked New Belgium's microbiologist Kelly Tretter and wood cellar blender Lauren Salazar to break it down for us, in a point-for-point we're calling "science vs. magic." Fun fact: Our stainless process uses just one organism we isolated from inside our own brewhouse, while our wood cellar contains roughly 250 different organisms. Hit play for more. Don't forget to set your beer finder alerts to Hop Tart, so you'll ...

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  • Do you want a job at New Belgium?

    Do you want a job at New Belgium? That’s a question posed in the most recent blog over on Forbes.com by contributor Darren Dahl, who’s writing a series of posts about New Belgium. In this one, Dahl sits down with Jay Richardson, general manager of our forthcoming Asheville brewery, and Annie Korenjak, who heads up our HR department in Asheville, to chat about what New Belgium looks for in new hires. It’s a pretty great read. From the post: Dahl: So what kinds of things do you look for in a new recruit? Richardson: Our first priority is to hire for fit, to find people who are in alignment with our purpose and values. In our recruitment and selection process, we try to get a ...

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