So a funny thing happened to this writer, as he peered into this fridge, there were no India Pale Ales. Nope no ‘sessionable’ IPAs, no Rye India Pale Ales, or Imperial India Pale Ales. Instead what I saw were beers that I’ve continued to love such as the Oud Bruin, Lambic, and Wild Ale.

Maybe it’s because I live near the Humulus Lupulus. Maybe I’ve taken a solid IPA for granted. Who really knows. But I know one thing is for sure, I need a solid, bitter, beer. Maybe that is what New Belgium is trying to say as well, since they have recently launched a new beer series called Hop Kitchen.

What’s Hop Kitchen? Funny you should ask.

“Hop Kitchen allows us to continue exploring hop varieties from around the world,” said New Belgium Brewer Grady Hull. “We will rotate hop-inspired selections to complement the Belgian and wood-inspired beers in our Lips of Faith series.”

Starting in early 2013 the brewery will release four distinctive beers, each carrying the Hop Kitchen label. Given that it’s March and early 2013 we wanted to introduce Hoppy Bock Lager.

Described as a “… medium-bodied German-style lager brewed with rye and Hallertauer, Perle and Fuggle hops. Offering a slightly sweet malt character, Hoppy Bock is 6.9 percent ABV” this beer is already on draft (at select locations) and in 22oz bottles.

Later this year after Hoppy Bock Lager is a memory the brewery will release French Aramis IPA, Fresh Hop IPA (using salmon-safe certified hops farmed in Oregon), and Rewind IPA (featuring hops that were popular in the 1980′s and 1990′s.

As always if you don’t see Hoppy Bock Lager or other New Belgium beers where you are, ask your server or grocer to get some!


About New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Belgo IPA, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

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