Left Hand Brewing co-founder and president Eric Wallace was recognized last week as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the consumer products and services category, beating out two dozen other candidates. The award recognizes "extraordinary performance in leading successful innovative busin ... More >>
Mark Manger, the creator of the GrOpener one-handed bottle opener (and a former Westword photographer) is back with a new twist on his invention -- and has already raised enough with his second indiegogo campaign to move things along. The Grab-K is a thinner keychain version of the original. Althoug ... More >>
New Belgium didn't become the nation's third largest craft brewer without exerting a stiff competitive punch, but the Fort Collins beer maker has always been more than just another company, imbuing everything it does with a playful spirit and a high level of conscientious thoughtfulness. In fact, th ... More >>
Craft beer has made major inroads in restaurants and bars over the past few years, but the industry has had trouble breaking into other venues, including sports stadiums and airlines, which need to sell huge amounts of beer very quickly. But last weekend, Southwest Airlines joined Frontier and Alas ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing has always represented a dichotomy. The Fort Collins company is the nation's third-largest craft brewer, and yet it has held on to the independent-minded ethos of a garage-bound start-up. Its flagship, Fat Tire, is often seen as an entry-level example of a craft beer, and yet it ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing makes lots of big news -- for instance, it's about to resume construction on its massive new plant in North Carolina; it just introduced a new winter seasonal called Accumulation White IPA; it will begin distributing beer in Ohio, its 35th state -- but the Fort Collins brewery is ... More >>
The Wynkoop Brewing Company rang in its third annual United Tastes of Belgium beer-tasting event last Saturday, showcasing more than sixty Belgian and Belgian-style beers from more than thirty local, national and international breweries. Enjoy the photos below and then click on the link after the la ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing just announced that construction of its new brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, will be delayed by eight months, meaning the facility may not start making beer until 2016. "The adjusted construction timeline is the result of increased capacity coming online in Fort Collins this ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing is running its first TV ad campaign in eight years, buying airtime in twelve markets across the country in order to help beer drinkers associate the name Fat Tire with the brewery itself, which wants to push the rest of its lineup. But the commercial, a thirty-second spot create ... More >>
It's been quiet out there in the craft beer world this week -- primarily because most of the movers and shakers from around the country are in Washington, D.C. for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, and industry-only event hosted by the Brewers Association. This year's version -- the thirtieth on ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins will debut a new series of seasonal beers this year, most of them focused on a new or unsual variety of hops. The Hop Kitchen beers, as the series is called, will be sold only in 22-ounce bomber bottles and on draft. "People want what is new and what is fresh, so ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing started small in 1991, but in the 21 years since, the Fort Collins beer maker has grown into the third-largest craft brewer in the county -- and it will get even bigger in 2014 when it opens a second major brewery in North Carolina. But New Belgium went back to its roots in Octo ... More >>
In the build-up to tonight's presidential debate in Colorado, the folks at National Public Radio have been focusing on Fort Collins. The final part of the series, which aired today, focuses on energy policy...and also brewskis, since a significant portion of the segment features New Belgium Brewery' ... More >>
On Tuesday, we wrote about the debut of the beer milkshake at 460 Red Robin locations across the country and pointed readers to our 2010 list of places around Denver and Boulder where they could enjoy other beer milkshakes, floats and desserts. We also suggested the beer floats offered by Freshcraft ... More >>
Hops can make spicy foods spicier. Roasted malts complement the sweet tang of barbecue sauce. And coriander? It pairs perfectly with Mexican food. Smashburger, the fast casual chain that began on South Colorado Boulevard and has expanded to around 160 locations in 27 states in just five years, has ... More >>
The Urban Assault Ride, the nation's biggest bicycle obstacle event series, took place on the streets of Denver on Sunday, July 21, with competitors racing Big Wheels and BMX bikes along the route. Teams of two set out on a city-wide quest for checkpoints, dropping their bikes and completing a funky ... More >>
You could spend a small fortune keeping up with every Colorado beer release over the course of a year -- believe me, I know. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't at least try a couple of them. In the old days -- like, three years ago -- beer releases were fairly predictable. Most breweries had one or ... More >>
New Belgium's Clips of Faith -- a free, outdoor film and brew fest -- reels into Boulder tonight for the third year running. We think the chance to lounge on a picnic blanket, drinking in the fresh (albeit smoky) air as well as rare selections from New Belgium's line of "esoteric" beers, is reason e ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing's social media specialist created a small controversy yesterday when he complained in his blog on the brewery's website that the federal government was "leaking upcoming beer labels" and that bloggers were following suit. But the points he made ring hollow.
New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins has finished the installation of its 16,000-square-foot canning line and plans to begin using it this week. The first beers off the line will be 16-ounce tallboys of Fat Tire and Ranger IPA, but the brewery's newest beer, Shift Pale Lager, will be released for the ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing, Colorado's largest craft-beer makers and the third largest in the country, revealed in May that it was searching for an East Coast location for a second facility. The company said it would make a decision by the end of 2011. Well, we're getting close, and New Belgium has narrowe ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing releases its new winter seasonal, called Snow Day, today (and props to them for waiting until a part of the year when we can actually get snow to unveil a winter beer). Snow Day, a cross between a black IPA and a winter warmer, replaces 2 Below, New Belgium's previous, lon ... More >>
Do you like Fat Tire? How about Ranger IPA? If so, you'll be getting more of both in February when New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins releases both beers in sixteen-ounce cans. The two beers will be the brewery's first tallboys and they'll be among the first to be produced in Colorado.
Over the past two decades, New Belgium Brewing has helped to make Fort Collins into one of the most well-known small beer cities in America. Now New Belgium could solidify the reputation of another small beer city by creating a second brewery there. The company confirmed to the Fort Collins C ... More >>
Months ago, we got wind that another New Belgium-themed outlet would soon take flight at DIA, picking up a spot on Concourse A that would be a sibling of the New Belgium Hub that serves beer and burgers in the hinterlands of Concourse B.
Clutch could use a cold one.Colorado brewers love their music, whether they are talking about it, naming beers after it or rocking it in the brewhouse at volumes loud enough to malt barley on its own. Boulder Beer recently worked with String Cheese Incident keyboardist and song writer Kyle Ho ... More >>
Kelly KaoudisThis New Belgium cruiser was raffled off at Ernie's Bar & Pizza.Jeff Lebesch drew the inspiration for what would become Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing Company from a trip to Belgium in 1989, when he toured the country by bike, while tasting the regional brews and gatherin ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing announced this week that it will add a massive new canning line to its fifty-acre Fort Collins compound. When construction is complete, the brewery will have the ability to can around thirty percent of its total output. But just because it can doesn't mean it will, says N ... More >>
Five years ago, New Belgium sales rep Matt Jones got together with Mike Helms, the manager of Woody's in Golden, to decide on what they call a "common practice" of brewery and bar promotion. The plan: Woody's would attract customers every Tuesday during the summer by giving away free New Belg ... More >>
Jonathan ShikesAC Golden.New Belgium Brewing celebrates its twentieth anniversary -- and two decades of spreading the word about better beer -- next Tuesday. Founded in Fort Collins in 1991, the brewery has gone from the basement of a house to become the third largest craft brewer in the nat ... More >>
Photo courtesy of New Belgium.There's nothing like a crisp, refreshing summer seasonal straight from the tap, especially after a hard bicycle ride. Every Wednesday through July 31, starting today, Star Bar hosts Beer and Bikes, Bikes and Beer, where participants can enjoy a freshly tapped keg ... More >>
FacebookNew Belgium headquarters in Fort Collins.Two of the nation's biggest craft brewers, both based in California, have revealed the details of some major expansion plans in the past couple of days, and Colorado's New Belgium Brewing, the country's third largest craft brewer, could be clos ... More >>
Dogs, beer and philanthropy make a perfect mix.New Belgium Brewing Co. is teaming up with Outside Magazine to take advantage of dog owners' desires to take pictures of their dogs and eagerly share them with anyone who's alive. Coinciding with the release of Mighty Arrow Pale Ale is a Facebook ... More >>
When I was invited to a special dinner with winemaker Peter Franus at Elway's Downtown, I was a tad skeptical as to how, exactly, they would cater that meal to my palate. As a vegetarian, I usually turn down invites like this -- I've worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and far b ... More >>
Although I've never been New Belgium Brewing's biggest fan when it comes to their standard beer lineup, I've always admired the way the Fort Collins craft brewer -- Colorado's largest -- tries to keep environmental and employee-happiness issues on their list of priorities.
The New Belgium Hub on Concourse B is one of our favorite places for a meal and a beer at DIA, but thanks to its location -- buried in the distant express gates all the way at the end of a hallway -- we often run a very real risk of missing our flight to enjoy it. And now those catching fli ... More >>
It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.Take twelve breweries, a hundred-plus beer bloggers and a buzzer, and go! During the first-ever Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder last week, organizers lined up an event that they called live blogging, but it felt more like speed dating. A dozen ... More >>
FlickrA sight that would make East Coasters drool.Earlier this week, Asylum.com declared Fat Tire Amber Ale America's Next Top Beer. The web page - a New York City-based AOL men's interest site - had held a voter-driven contest to determine what beer should be in coolers from coast to coast. ... More >>
The Cheeky Monk will open its third location Sunday in the Orchard Town Center, at 14694 Orchard Parkway, in Westminster, with two separate bars - one that focuses on old-world Belgian beers and one featuring U.S. craft brews. The Belgian beer café, which also has spots on Colfax Avenue and ... More >>
Here are some things I know about the Belgians: They invented French fries and waffles -- two vital food groups -- but the French stole both of them. Every other country in the world has had its national foods co-opted by the French, but for some reason, the Belgians never got over this. ... More >>
As we reported in March, New Belgium Brewing has rolled out its second canned beer - Sunshine Wheat -- in Colorado only (the trucks hit the road on Friday on their way to liquor stores). But if sales are strong - as they were when the Fort Collins brewery introduced Fat Tire in a can last summer, th ... More >>
This scavenger hunt is a slippery slope.
New Belgium Brewing, which began canning its signature Fat Tire amber ale last summer, will release a second aluminum-clad brew, Sunshine Wheat, in April or May. The move gives more credence to the growing popularity of canned craft beers - a trend that began in 2002 when the Oskar Blues Brewery in ... More >>
What is the carbon footprint of a six-pack of Fat Tire amber ale? Do you even care after drinking all six bottles yourself? Two good questions, only one of which is answered in a report issued by the Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewery, which makes Fat Tire. To find out, the brewery measured t ... More >>
2 Below New Belgium Brewery Fort Collins Argh, no matter how hard I try, I just can't get into the beers from New Belgium Brewery. Fat Tire, Mothership Wit, 1554, 2 Below Ale: I've tried them -- repeatedly -- in an effort to figure out what I'm missing, and what everyone else is buying. After all, ... More >>
Trivia nights are sweeping Denver, without question.