Thursday, September 3, 2015

new belgium brewing

two bits of news from new belgium:

New Belgium Brewing to Tweak Abbey and Trippel Recipes

Recipe adjustments highlight advances in hop and malt production

Ft. Collins, Colo., September 2, 2015 – Two of New Belgium Brewing’s longest running beers, Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel and Trippel Belgian Style Ale, are being reimagined and updated for a new era. Both beers started life as homebrew recipes more than 25 years ago and new developments in hop and malt manufacturing have been incorporated. Subtle recipe tweaks will allow the malty and hoppy characteristics of each beer to shine through. A new yeast strain will help balance the esters and phenol while emphasizing the Belgian character of these beers. Although these are among the first Belgian-inspired craft beers produced in the U.S., New Belgium brewers could not resist tinkering with these classics. Internal sensory panelists affirmed the results a success.

“As an American craft brewer founded on Belgian tradition, we have a deep respect for our history and our roots,” said NBB Specialty Brand Manger, Lauren Salazar. “And of course, there’s a 'New' in our name for a reason. As brewers of craft beer, we need to embrace growth and change and continue to push ourselves to make the best beers possible. We think these changes exemplify the very best of old world Belgium and new craft technique.”

In addition to Munich malt, Trippel now incorporates Pilsener malt and one additional hop, Hallertau Mittelfrüh, for an herbal and spicy Nobel hop nose. Trippel is classically smooth and complex, with notes of fruit and spice before a pleasantly warm and crisp finish. Alcohol has increased slightly to 8.5%, 40 IBUs.

Abbey has eight different malts including caramel, Munich, chocolate and now oats for mouthfeel. The addition of Caramunich and Special W malt add rich tones of chocolate and dark caramel with hints of dried cherries, burnt sugar and figs. Sweet and roasty up front, followed by a slightly bitter finish, Abbey is a true-to-style representation of the monastic beers of Belgium. Alcohol rests at 7%, 20 IBU.

For a short time, both new and old versions may be found side-by-side on shelves. Beer drinkers can identify 


Sour and Spice Star in New Belgium Brewing’s Fall Lineup

Pumpkick Ale and Lips of Faith’s dry hopped sour, Le Terroir, return for crisp, cool weather

Ft. Collins, Colo., September 1, 2015 –The Colorado mountains are getting their first dusting of snow, a sure sign fall is around the corner. To usher in the change of seasons, New Belgium Brewing is revealing its fall lineup. Tart and spicy Pumpkick Ale makes a seasonal return and the popular dry hopped sour, Le Terroir, rejoins the Lips of Faith series.

New Belgium’s traditionally spiced pumpkin ale stands out from the rest with a tart kick of cranberry for a bright burst of seasonal flavor. Pumpkick pours a slightly hazy, glowing orange, packed with pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a snappy dose of cranberry and a touch of lemongrass. The mouthfeel is creamy from added oats, followed by a quick, dry finish, making Pumpkick the perfect beer to kick off fall.

“Summer into Fall is one of our favorite seasons for its great weather and harvest-inspired foods,” said Lauren Salazar, Specialty Brands Manager for New Belgium. “Pumpkick is the perfect beer to pair with warm, sunny afternoons and cool fall evenings. It has an unexpected bite of tartness from cranberries, a bright orange color and fall spices that makes this a great beer for autumn.”

Pumpkick Ale weighs in at 6 percent ABV and 18 IBUs and is now available in 6- and 12-packs.

Le Terroir, named after the French term meaning “of the earth,” packs the bold and hoppy nose of an American IPA, plus the pucker of a well crafted sour. Felix, a wood-aged pale sour, is dry hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops to create Le Terroir. The mango and peach tones of the hops playfully complement the wood-aged backbone without any bitterness.

“Le Terroir is a beautifully balanced sour beer with Amarillo and galaxy hops softening the sour some and adding hop complexity,” said Salazar. “Part of the beauty of Le Terrior is that it’s a little different every time we blend it – wood beers are so fun and dynamic that way. ”

Le Terroir comes in at 7.5 percent ABV and 12 IBUs. It is available in 22 oz. bombers and on draft.

To find Pumpkick and Le Terroir near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: NewBelgium.com/Beer/Finder.

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewBelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.

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