Grab your bikes Pennsylvania because New Belgium Brewing Company is coming to the Keystone State with an amazing line-up of beers.
Quick history lesson:
- New Belgium started in Fort Collins Colorado in 1991. They have expanded into 40 different states now with a new production brewery opening up in North Carolina in the coming months (if you want the honors level class).
Check out my story on my visit to the Fort Collins brewery.
Okay, class dismissed. Let’s talk about the beer.
By now you’ve all heard of Fat Tire Amber Ale, it’s their flagship beer, but they are bringing in five other beers to kick off their presence in our craft beer market.
They rolled out their line-up so far at the New Belgium Launch Party at Metro Bank Park in front of the whole Central PA craft community.
A great session for any time of the year whether it’s a hot summer day or tailgating outside the football stadium in the fall.
Nate of GK Visual says, “It goes down so easily,” as he finished his sample before Sara and I even started ours, and he’s right. It’s a smooth but not too sweet like wheat beers can tend to be.
This beer is named after the brewery representatives, our Ranger is Ryan, and uses Simcoe, Cascade and Chinook to create a citrus fruity flavor that makes it a great introduction to New Belgium.
It’s a unique pumpkin beer that uses cranberries and lemongrass to cut down the intense cinnamon or clove flavor that you normally get with pumpkin beers. This one is perfect fall, no doubt about that. Just in time, right?
Imperial is a buzzword with a lot of craft beer lovers that gets them all steamy under the collar. Rampant is great testament to what an imperial should be. It’s the perfect balance between hop bomb and malty booziness.
Check out New Belgium next week at the Happy Hour with SaraBozich.com at River City Blues
Here are a few others to keep you eye out for in the coming months:
- Shift – a pale lager perfect for a shower beer
- Blue Paddle – a pilsner brewed with Nugget hops-YES
- Abbey Belgian Dubbel – one of their most award winning beers
New Belgium has some damn fine year-round offerings, but the thing people will be looking for in a few months from them will be their Lips of Faith series. Lips of Faith is a series of crazy concoctions from their mad brewers where you can expect anything from a Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout to a Pear Ginger Beer.
Plus, check out more New Belgium aboard The Pride of the Susquehanna during the Late Night Booze Cruise on Sept. 19
It’s still undetermined how much of this we will see, but if it’s on tap somewhere you better grab a pint because it’s gonna go fast.
Beer drinkers are always looking for the next big thing to come through their local taps and with the addition of New Belgium you can expect a whole lot more.
Grab your bikes. Find the beers. Have fun.