Glowing

New Belgium has another holiday treat for us…

“Cinnamon & spice, and everything nice: that’s what Glühbier is made of. Just in time for your holiday gathering, our spiced dark sour ale will be the perfect centerpiece on the table. The name is a natural conversation starter in itself! A nod to the German word for glow, Glühbier is our take on the classic mulled-style beverage spiced with lemon peel, cinnamon, clove, allspice, orange and nutmeg.”

A Bell Ringing in Belgium

I haven’t had to weigh in with comment on the business side of brewing for quite a bit but yesterday breaking news arrived that Bell’s Beer was joining New Belgium which itself is part of Lion (aka Kirin).

I know that is a bit of a complicated flow chart but it boils down to the two iconic breweries becoming siblings of a sort.

And it doesn’t strike me as a bad thing. Then again, I am non-plussed when it comes to good breweries banding together. Sometimes it won’t work but it can produce a bigger company that can then do more.

My usual advice stands. Monitor both breweries beers and if the nothing changes, don’t worry, be happy.

Imperfect

I am not one to sign up for grocery delivery. I like to pick my own stuff and I stare at screens too much as it is. But I was intrigued by a company that was selling the not pretty but still perfectly fine food.

Now that company, Imperfect Foods has a beer made with New Belgium, a citrus IPA. No googly eyes included.

Dystopian Brew

New Belgium is providing us with a thought experiment in beer form with Torched Earth.

If the glut of books and movies set in a future that is barren and hard scrabble, the Colorado brewery has made a beer to match it. It’s not good—the beer is made with water that has been tainted with smoke (probably the least of our water worries), with dandelion weeds and drought-resistant millet and buckwheat grains as the main ingredients.

New Belgium is releasing this beer knowing full well that it is going to cause a reaction, most likely of yuck. But that is why we SHOULD drink it. Maybe if we don’t want to end up with that as beer, we might work harder at preserving our planet.

Colorado Mimosa

New Belgium is taking their sour program into cocktail territory with their new Dominga Mimosa Sour.

Here is the brewery description, “Inspired by bottomless sips in the sun, Dominga features tart and citrusy calamansi fruit (a hybrid of kumquat and mandarin orange), Mexican orange, and clementine in a light wheat beer blended with our wood-aged golden sour. Its sparkling citrus aroma is followed by a flash of refreshing acidity and a dry, semi-sweet finish.”

Amber IPA

I cover quite a few milestones on this blog. Most are under 10 years but today, I want to bring your attention to New Belgium who is at a much bigger number, 30. They are honoring their flagship Amber as well as modern trends with an Amber IPA.

Spire # 2

Count me as a fan of the OG New Belgium Oakspire and now I can compare that one with the brand extension Old Fashioned version that is coming to finer beer shoppes. Maybe also compare it to an actual Old Fashioned while I am at it.

Purist

Another salvo from the health conscious beer camp comes in the form of The Purist from New Belgium. Basically they are verifying the sources of their ingredients starting with Poudre River water down to the farms where they get the hops and barley. Considering how many really good lagers there are out there currently, this seems pegged to those who see the calorie number alone.

Tax Free Transfer

If you think that alcohol laws could use nationwide reform, well the above beer collaboration gives a good example of what can happen when breweries are given just a little extra legal help.

TRVE and New Belgium have collaborated on Where I Live which “uses malts from Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins to create the base beer, which was fermented on Norwegian Kveik yeast. The beer was blended with a foeder-aged dark sour, then further matured with TRVE’s mixed-culture in one of New Belgium’s French oak foeders.”

The hurdle was you could not transfer beer from one brewery to another without incurring a tax charge. The 2017 Brewery Act (which I remind you, needs renewal) removed that hurdle. Funnily enough for me, what struck me about this beer more than the law was this, ” Just before packaging, the beer is circulated over whole-flower lavender grown on the Western Slope of Colorado by Two Bears Farms.” Sounds like a fun beer.