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Fat Tire & Friends


New Belgium announced yesterday that they will be releasing a special “Collabeeration” pack in honor of the 25th anniversary of their flagship beer Fat Tire. The pack features 5 collaborations with the breweries Firestone Walker, Allagash, Hopworks, Avery, and Rhinegiest. Each brewery was allowed to put their spin of the classic Fat Tire Amber Ale recipe. Here is what the breweries came up with:

* Allagash Brewing (Fat Funk Ale) is producing a version of Fat Tire using a Belgian yeast sourced form the Poperings region and a touch of the Allagash house Brettanomyces – expect notes of stone fruit, sweet tart and peppercorn.
* Avery Brewing (Fat Wild Ale) will focus on a fruitier hop bill also with a dose of brett evoking notes of apricot and pineapple.
* Firestone Walker Brewing (Fat Hoppy Ale) is creating a west coast interpretation of Fat Tire with an assertive hop profile and a light lager yeast.
* Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) (Fat Sour Apple Ale) is creating a tart Fat Tire bringing in apple and lactobacillus to help highlight that beautiful green apple snap inherent to the original Fat Tire.
* Rhinegeist (Fat Pale Ale) has transformed Fat Tire into a Belgian XPA, combining a fruity Belgian yeast strain with bready-sweet European and Colorado malts for a beer to please hopheads and wine drinkers alike.

The collaboration pack will be released this summer in advance of the June 28th anniversary date.


Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale


I am all in favor of collaboration in the brewing process but I never thought of a brewery collaborating with Ben & Jerry’s. However, New Belgium has done just that with their newly released Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale. The 6.3% Brown Ale is brewed with Nugget and Goldings hops, and Pale, Caramel Munich, and Chocolate Malt Malts, but it is the Chocolate, Vanilla, and Salt added to the process that gives it is flavor and aroma.

Ben & Jerry’s has released an ice cream flavor to match leading to questions of what type of desert can you create? See what Mindy Segal, a James Beard Award Winning Chef and the owner of Hot Chocolate Chicago, was able to create below.