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.
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.
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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