|New Belgium Brewery Entrance|
|New Belgium Tasting Room Tap Handles|
During my visit, I had the opportunity to try several of the New Belgium beers:
Fat Tire is a very nice amber ale. It's not bitter (at only 18.5 IBUs) and has a very nice flavor, carbonation, and finish.
|Tasting Room Refrigerators|
Trippel, as its name implies, is a Belgian Trippel style beer. It's a bit hoppier than some Trippels, but not overwhelmingly so. I enjoyed a couple of these at a party later.
The beers that really impressed me during my visit were their "Lips of Faith" line. I found the Cascara Quad to be an excellent Belgian Quadruppel, which reminded me a bit of Ommegang Three Philosophers due to the use of Cascara Cherries in the beer. If you have the chance to try this beer, I can't recommend it strongly enough.
The unfortunate part of my visit was that I could not take an actual tour of the brewery itself. Tours usually book up a couple of months in advance, I'm told. If you want to take one, I'd recommend scheduling it before you schedule your visit to Colorado.
For more information about New Belgium Brewing and their beers, see their web site.