A long time ago, before hops became widely available in brewing, spices were used to bitter beer. A mixture called fruit, was the bittering agent, a mix of spices such as juniper berries, ginger, aniseed, sweet gale, mugwort, yarrow & more. The use of gruit was mostly phased out by the 16th century.
New Belgium Brewing’s upcoming Lips of Faith release revisits a time where gruit was used to bitter. For Gruit, the brewery used a mixture of bog myrtle, horehound, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers.
Just to brush you up on the spices, horehound has been used in cough drops for hundreds of years. (Black horehound is a sedative. Let’s assume it’s not in Gruit.) Yarrow and bog myrtle have been been used for both culinary and medicinal uses. Have you ever heard of absinthe? A big flavoring ingredient in that “green fairy” drink is wormwood.
Look for Gruit in 22oz bottles, and draft. Official New Belgium announcement coming soon.
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New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) is adding 32 new French Oak foeders to the brewery. That will bring the count to 64. A foeder is a large wooden tank used to sour the beer.
This addition will double the production of sour ale offerings in the coming years.
“With this expansion, we’ll get so close to that feeling I had the first time I walked through the forest of foeders at Rodenbach,” said New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Manager/Blender, Lauren Salazar. “Just knowing they’re all full of souring beer – ALL of them – is exciting. It’s a destination. Something you have to experience first hand.”
Tart Lychee and Eric’s Ale are expected to be in year round production by 2015. Over the next few months, the brewery will be rehydrating the barrels, and inoculating them with various wild yeasts. They will then age beer for nearly two years before bottling/kegging.
The latest in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Series has released. Coconut Curry Hefeweizen is an eccentric beer brewed with coconut and curry, along with cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime and cayenne pepper. Based on various popular home brew recipes.
The aroma is big and bold, offering coconut and curry tones alongside a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. The vast spice list carries a bit of heat, including cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime and cayenne pepper, but the alcohol soothes the finish.
Style: Hefeweizen (w/ Coconut, Curry, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lime, Coriander, Fenugreek, Cayenne Pepper)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
New Belgium Brewing’s highly creative Lips of Faith Series will soon feature the likes of Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL). Both breweries combine elements of their brewing styles, from Belgian ale yeast (NB) to Spanish cedar (CC). This chili in this beer? Well that could go either way. New Belgium just started distributing to Florida in July.
We’re about to light up Florida with this Cigar City Collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast strain tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spices. Aged on Spanish cedar to salute the mutual love of wood.
New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) will officially ship to The First State (that’s Delaware if you’re clueless) in August. The brewery has inked a distribution deal with N.K.S. Distributors. Official launch in Delaware will be August 19, 2013, starting with 22-oz. package along with Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA and Trippel. Also expect two different Lips of Faith offerings, and Shift cans. More package and draft editions will follow in October.
Delaware will be the 33rd state on New Belgium’s quest to hit all 50. This year, New Belgium has added Alaska, Louisiana, and Florida (July).
New Belgium Brewing Company (Ft. Collins, CO) is ready to release Pluot into the Lips of Faith Series. This new beer is brewed with pluot juice, a plum and apricot hybrid to make a semi-sweet ale.
Pluot is light golden, delivering fruity aromas and distinct esters. It is also created with house Belgian ale yeast and brettanomyces, bringing a hint of spice and a malty backbone.
Style: (w/ Pluot Juice)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. Now – July, 2013
New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull: “The Lips of Faith series was created for those wanting to push their palate.”
The latest Lips of Faith beer from New Belgium is a collaboration with Red Rock Brewing called Paardebloem. As you can assume by the picture, this strong ale is brewed with dandelions along with peach juice and grains of paradise.
Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from out brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing. This being our sixth interpretation together since 2008. Expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of w0od-aged beer. Bitterness imparted from dandelion greens and grains of paradise will have you blowing wishes for sips.
Style: Belgian Strong Ale (w/ Peach Juice, Grains of Paradise, Dandelion Greens, Partially Oak Aged)
Availability: 22oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: Coming Soon