Ft. Collins, Colo. ... This winter New Belgium brings back an old favorite, cellars a recent addition, partners once again with B-Corp friends, and joins forces with a Belgian favorite to create five beers perfect for ushering out 2016. Available this month is Accumulation, the Ben & Jerry’s collaboration: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, the second release of Bretta IPA, and Anne Françoise Belgian Collaboration. In December, New Belgium brings back Clutch.
Accumulation White IPA is the beer you’ll want when the snow starts to fall, offering an alternative to traditional dark winter beers. It’s all about hops and wheat with four bold hop varieties. Mosaic and Amarillo hops give Accumulation a tropical aroma with a nice, bitter bite. Add in Nugget and Centennial hops and you have a medium body beer that pours unfiltered, white-gold, with a soft fruit flavor of peaches and a hint of citrus. It comes in at 6.2 percent ABV and 70 IBUs. If you want food pairing and tasting notes check out Accumulation White IPA. This beer is available now.
New Belgium + Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale
New Belgium’s newest collaboration with Ben & Jerry’s brings together two different types of pint-makers for one common goal: to fill your glass with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, which helps raise awareness about climate change. To create this recipe, New Belgium dug up its favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and then whipped hefty doses of chocolate, brown sugar, and vanilla into a dough-hued blonde ale base. What you get is a full-bodied beer with a perfect balance of vanilla and chocolate. It comes in at 6 percent ABV and is available now. For ice cream and beer pairings, check out “9 Ways to Expertly Pair Ben & Jerry’s with New Belgium Brewing Beers”.
To extend the impact of this partnership, Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium, two B-Corp companies, have also partnered to make climate change a priority for the incoming president. Learn how you can get involved at “100 Days to Change Our Ways”. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale will go to Protect Our Winters (POW).
Anne-Françoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale
This spiced dark strong ale is the final beer in the New Belgium Lips of Faith Belgian-collaboration series to celebrate the brewery’s 25th anniversary. New Belgium’s brewmaster partnered with Orval’s first female brewmaster Anne-Françoise Pypaert to craft a counterpart to the classic golden ale: Spiced Imperial Dark Ale. This beer is brewed with specialty malts, dry-hopped with herbal French Sprisselspalt, and then spiced with citrusy grains of paradise and spruce tips. Toasted American oak spirals are then steeped in the beer for two weeks, adding a subtle spicy, vanilla flavor to tie the chocolaty malts and citrus spices together. Anne-Françoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale comes in at 9.5 percent ABV and is available in New Belgium markets in four-packs and on draft.
Bretta IPA, after cellaring
Bretta IPA, part of New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series, which showcases New Belgium’s hop heavy beers, first came out this summer, but a portion was set aside to cellar. This cellared version is available on draft. Bretta IPA crosses wickedly wild Brettanomyces yeast with some of New Belgium’s favorite fruity hop varieties. Bretta is conditioned on two strains of Brettanomyces for a month, giving it citrusy, piney hop notes thanks to Equinox, Galaxy, and Warrior. It has a bite that lingers, but a sweetness that emerges with a touch of pineapple. The cellared version of Bretta IPA has 75 IBUs and comes in at 7.5% ABV.
Clutch is back to celebrate! New Belgium’s wood cellar team and Maryland-based band Clutch first joined up in 2011 to make this darker-than-black, genre-bending Lips of Faith release. This marks 25 years for both New Belgium and Clutch so to celebrate New Belgium is bringing back this sour stout. Clutch storms the senses with deep cocoa, biting roast, and a fruity funkiness from a blend of sour Oscar pulled specifically from French oak foeders to complement the heavy stout base. ABV comes in at 8.5 percent. Clutch will be available in early December.
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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.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
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, 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, Glütiny Pale Ale and Glütiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com
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