New Belgium tour & Tour de Fat…

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One thing I always planned on doing when we finally got around to visiting our friends in Fort Collins was touring the New Belgium brewery. This place always seems like the coolest company to work for- it’s 100% employee owned and rewards it’s employees with anniversary gifts such as the limited addition New Belgium cruiser at one year and a trip to Belgium at 5 years. I also love the emphasis they have an environmental practices and upcycled beer and bicycle art is found around the brewery (and town!), such as the “candelier” representing all of their beers available in cans.

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On the tour you get SO MANY beer samples. We went on the tour at noon and I was practically chugging my sample to finish before getting another one (not complaining). We learned that the creator of the company started his brewery after a beer tasting trip around Germany and Belgium and modeled his beer after the Belgium style of only 3 ingredients– creativity, knowledge, and experience. Love that.

I especially enjoyed tasting some of the unique, seasonal creations that we haven’t seen here in Arizona, such as the Yuzu fruit and Coconut Curry- which seriously tasted like curry and was delicious in a small dose. I really loved their Pumpkick pumpkin brew and I’m hoping I find that down here this fall.

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We have been going to Tour de Fat (New Belgium’s annual bike parade/circus party) for a long time- I think 7 or 8 years, and a surprise after we booked our flight was to find out that we would be there during the home town stop on the tour! It. Was. Insane. There were over 25,000 people there which is more than double what we get here in Tempe. The festival was huge and the bike parade when on for so long.

We were unprepared in the costume department, but found this dress and hat at the the thrift store the day before. The highlight of the day had to have been seeing Reggie Watts perform- he is so funny/awesome and performed his set of songs “inspired by the brewing process”.

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Thanks for hanging in there for my wordy post and expression of love for beer, bikes, and New Belgium!

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14 Responses to New Belgium tour & Tour de Fat…

  1. V Honey says:

    Great recap! Makes me want a cold one!



  2. Ellie says:

    I had no idea that New Belgium was such a cool company. All of this sounds so fun! And you look so cute in that first picture. They have the Pumpkick beer at Trader Joe’s. I stocked up on those in August lol.



    • lalafauxbois says:

      Ooh good to know! I hadn’t really looked yet since it’s still so much like summer here in PHX, but I should stock up before they’re gone!



  3. lauren says:

    So great! I went on the tour this January and I had a blast. I totally feel you with the insane amount of “samples.” I think we won some trivia thing and even came out with a few bonus cans in our pockets!



  4. Salvaged Strawberry says:

    Amazing! I want that van! :) You two are so cute! <3 We would totally be besties if you lived near me. I know it.



  5. Marlen says:

    Ok, officially the coolest company evah. I mean, a trip to belgium?! i love brewery tours because of all the free booze. It makes learning all the more fun, haha

    xo marlen
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  6. I still need to do this tour, sounds so amazing! We just got a their pumpkin ale last weekend while we were stuck indoors because of the flood! I really liked it, except when we decided to play two person beer pong with it and had to chug. Let’s just say its more of a sipping one :) Also, coconut curry what?! Totally looking for that now, though also probably not the best candidate for drinking games!



    • lalafauxbois says:

      I can see that- I have a low limit of novelty beers, one is usually enough before I get sick of it and I can’t imagine chugging it :) At least you were having some fun during the floods! Go do the tour!



  7. Trish says:

    It looks like such a blast! And you look like such a doll in that first pic with the airstream. :)
    Trish



  8. Kristian says:

    Oh, I love New Belgium (well, both the beer but also the company). As you say, it is such a neat company and the brew is tasty. I used to live in Laramie, just over the mountain from Ft. Collins so there was always a lot of different kinds of their stuff.

    My sister went to Tour De Fat too. Seems like such a fun event!



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