New Belgium (Ft. Collins, CO) teams up with St. Louis, Missouri’s Perennial Artisanal Ales in a new edition from the Lips of Faith. Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout is headed your way in the near future.
The team berated a Belgian-style stout with a touch of chocolate and salt. 22oz of dessert in a bottle.
Dessert is best poured. And the brewers at Perennial agree. So we dreamt up a beer that would bering together chocolate sweetness, Belgian yeast, deeply roasted malts and just the right shake of salt to pour a creamy stout worth of a cherry on top.
New Belgium/Perennial Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout will be available in 22oz bombers and draft.
Hitting shelves now is a new Lips of Faith release from New Belgium. For this offering, the brewery teamed up with Three Floyds to make hard to come by , smokey Polish style offering. The beer is gratzer, featured oak-smoked wheat.
It’s not dead, but Gratzer is definitely a long-buried style from Poland. And together with 3Floyds we have unearthed the best of beer zombies. Full of bold flavors from oak-smoked wheat, and along with Midnight Wheat, this beer presents a pure black pour. A subtle, spicy note from the Polish Lublin hops hides in the aroma, just below the dark and smoky surface. Despite all appearances, the Gratzer is very drinkable at 4.5% ABV, and walks itself with a nice, light body. Cheers to drinking smoky, undead beers. Prost!
Hops: Target, Polish Lublin
Malts: Pale, Midnight Wheat, Oak-Smoked Wheat
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft. June, 2014
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.