Brewery News: Fort Collins & Portland (Oregon): Hopworks Urban Brewery & New Belgium team up on "Fat Sour Apple Ale"

Press Release

Ft. Collins, Colo. ...  - Hopworks Urban Brewery and New Belgium have teamed up to create Fat Sour Apple Ale, a lacto sour ale using Pacific Northwest apples to highlight that green apple snap inherent to the original Fat Tire. The beer will be available alongside four other collaborative versions of Fat Tire in a mixed 12-pack to celebrate New Belgium’s 25th anniversary this summer.
 
The two brewers have a long history of comradery and mutual respect. When New Belgium decided to celebrate their 25th  anniversary through collaboration, the idea was to look at an American craft classic through the lens of other brewers who have inspired the better beer movement. HUB quickly rose to the top of the list.
 
"New Belgium and Fat Tire were inspirations for me when I started Hopworks.  Their commitment to the environment and sustainable practices, while producing high-quality, delicious beer is a model we all should embrace," said Christian Ettinger, Brewmaster and Founder of Hopworks. "Fat Tire is one of the classics of craft beer. Smooth, rich and flavorful, Fat Tire helped pave the way for generations of brewers and beers we enjoy today." 
 
For New Belgium the joy was collaborating with brewers they appreciate and admire.
 
“We’ve got a ton of respect for Christian and everyone over at HUB,” said New Belgium Brewer, Cody Reif. “They have set the standard as to organic and sustainable brewing processes and they make kickass beers. It’s been great fun working together and what they’ve brought to the original Fat highlights the best of the original and takes it to a whole other level.”  
 
In addition to Fat Sour Apple Ale, the mixed 12-pack will feature a beer from Allagash Brewing using a Belgian yeast sourced from the Poperinge region and a touch of the Allagash house Brettanomyces; Avery will focus on a fruitier hop bill also with a dose of brett evoking notes of apricot and pineapple; Firestone Walker is creating a west coast interpretation of Fat Tire with an assertive hop profile and a light lager yeast; and Rhinegeist has transformed Fat Tire into a Belgian XPA, combining a fruity Belgian yeast strain with bready-sweet European and Colorado malts for a beer to please hopheads and wine drinkers alike.
 
Mixed 12-packs will feature two New Belgium original Fat Tire Amber Ales plus two of each interpretation beer. The beer will release mid-June, prior to New Belgium’s 25th anniversary, officially on June 28th. A party at New Belgium’s new brewery in Asheville on August 27th will celebrate that facility’s grand opening as well as 25 years of brewing innovation and good times.              
 
About New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired, hoppy and sour 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, one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
 
About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Hopworks Urban Brewery strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced, organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 13,500 barrels of beer and cider a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a gold-level bike friendly business, and is recognized as one of the Best Green Companies To Work For In Oregon. Visit Hopworks online atHopworksBeer.com and follow us on
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