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Craft Beer of the Month: New Belgium Brewing

Last updated 2 years ago

With pumpkin and seasonal-themed brews, we could not have picked a better Craft Beer of the Month for October and Halloween than New Belgium Brewing! Jeff Lebesch founded the brewery in 1991 after riding his mountain bike with “fat tires” through European villages known for their beer. Employee-owned then and now, the brewery would expand from basement-created ambers and to a franchise with locations across the nation.

Now, New Belgium Chicago is coming to WhirlyBall for a night of spooky fun, specialty tappings, free WhirlyBall, and costumed silliness. What brews should you try out while you’re here? We have a few suggestions!

Pumpkick: Pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice make up the “pump”, but it is the extra dash of cranberries and lemongrass that make the “kick”. Combined together, this seasonal specialty will spice up your night.

La Folie Sour Brown Ale: This Sour Brown ale is French for “the folly” but certainly does not fool around. Fermented in stainless then transferred to barrels for 1-3 years of aging, the taste of toasted oak and cherry gives it a floral and malty finish.

Hop the Pond: Hops from England, Galaxy from Australia, and Citra from America, the full-bodied Double IPA. Tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, along with White Tea and cucumbers suggest an herbal, resinous note. The big dose of hops are coating and resinous with a lingering bitterness

La Terroir: Usually “La Terroir” is a term referring to the environmental conditions of the vineyard, the pH of the soil, even the slope of the land. In French, the name of this earthy dry hopped sour ale translates to “from the terrain, soil, land, ground earth.” That translates to a  fruity sweetness and slightly hop bitterness.

Fat Tire Ale: The classic Amber Ale that started it all! You’ll taste more than history; indulge in biscuit-like malt flavors, hoppy freshness, and the spirit of Belgian brews.

Come see what else is on tap this Wednesday night, October 29th, at 7:30PM. Don’t forget to dress up (bonus points if you dress as a New Belgium Ranger).



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