I figured all of the beer enthusiasts here would appreciate this news. The maker of the the popular beer Fat Tire out of Colorado (New Belgium Brewing) is coming to Michigan... Finally
I figured all of the beer enthusiasts here would appreciate this news. The maker of the the popular beer Fat Tire out of Colorado (New Belgium Brewing) is coming to Michigan... Finally
Would trade all the Fat Tire imported to Maryland for a sweet, sweet drop of Bell's or Founder's (for whatever reason, Michigan beers not distributed to the People's Republic of Maryland)
When I moved to Asheville a while ago I was very happy to see that New Belgium beers were readily available in bars and stocked in stores.
I was even happier to find Bell's just as prevelant. Asheville annually competes for the title of Beer City USA , and while there are a lot of great local brews, Bell's definitely is held in high regard. (Founders and a few others are well-represented as well.)
Founders > sex
Wow, I was going to say the exact same thing. Having moved to Philadelphia recently from MD I can get those beers (and Russian River, also unavailable in MD). However they cost a proverbial arm and leg here. Cherish your Michigan Beer. CHERISH IT
If you ever get down to Virginia, Bell's and Founder's are sold pretty much everywhere.
Yeah I'm aware. I was at Churchkey off Dupont Circle for their tapping of the Hopslam keg in Feb. Unfortunately by the time we got there (we live in Howard County), they were out. Was able to have a nice pint of Bell's Sparkling washed down wth a Founder's Double Trouble.
J&G Steakhouse near the White House, and Ray's Hellburger both serve Bell's Two-Hearted.
I will pick up a 6 of something when we go down to Alexandria.
If you can get to a Total Wine & More, they have a great beer selection, as well as the Whole Foods on Duke Street in Alexandria, surprisingly.
I find it odd that a brewer called "new belgium" doesnt serve up a good lambic. i think 'old belgium' would call that sacrilege.
I'm no big fan of New Belgium's, but they have a huge sour program that gets sent to good accounts in bombers:
-- La Folie
-- Eric's Ale
-- Lychee Tart
-- La Terroir
-- Fall Wild
-- Transatlantique Kriek
-- The entire Love series, especially Foeder #3 and Felix
A lot of reasons to complain about them. Absence of lambics is not one of them.
to this guy's ears. I need to take another look at that NB series. I don't remember seeing any of those you mention here in KC. So I don't know if they'll ever reach Michigan, either. But I'll keep my goggles open.
Problem is, I'm on a no-carb diet. 30 pounds lost in 3 months, with at least 20 more to go. (Pounds!--not months, hopefully.)
I've started a small collection of (presumably) quality beers in my basement, in anticipation of...well, drinking them, including Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and Trader Joe's Vintage 2011.
The distinction was a "good" lambic. I've tried many of the above and they're marginal compared to anything out of Belgium.
Really? It's very easy to find in DC.
Never really understood the hype on this one. I think people who traveled out West would rave about it because you couldn't find it back home at the time.
My reaction to its arrival in Maryland last year was apathy. Many better brews readily available now, but to each his own.
Stone is my favorite West Coast brewer (yes, I view Colorado as West Coast).
Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard...mmmmmmmm.
Stone is in Escondido, California.
Fat tire is decent, but there are probably 4 or 5 different New Belgium beers that I'd take over it too.
Same here -- and about two dozen others from Odell, Left Hand, Tommyknocker, etc. that I'd take over it too. I think Fat Tire gets too much credit because it was one of the early widely-available Colorado beers, but so many have moved past it.
here in wisconsin, there is not a beer you cant find
I wish I lived in Wisconsin, the land of the beer and the home of drunks
spelled "cheese" wrong.
I used to think Michigan had the best beer in the country... then I moved to Wisconsin.
There is no comparison.
I load up on New Glarus whenever I set foot in Wisconsin. They produce a fantastic product.
New Glarus = water in my household. The refrigerator is always stocked with at least 3 different varieties. It's a nice benefit of living in Badger country. I usually grab a six-pack of Bells every few months to keep my Michigan beer card punched, though.
New Glarus is one of the best perks since I relocated to Madison 3 years ago. Capitol has some nice brews as well.
Thankfully we can get Bell's here in Missouri... but Dark Horse (out of Marshall), which easily rivals Bell's, has not made it this far out of Michigan
Dark Horse is probably my favorite microbrewery. But it's really splitting hairs when considering several Michigan breweries.
Dark Horse is great. That and Kuhnhenn are probably my two favorites in MI. Founders is so good, too, though. And Jolly Pumpkin. And Lord knows I couldn't live without Hopslam. I guess I like them all.
I might just be partial to it because it's where I had my first beer. 90% of the beer I drink is from Michigan and I am constantly looking for new ones to try. It could just be state pride clouding my judgment but I can't get enough of Michigan beer and I'd take it over any other.
BUSCH LIGHT Y'ALL
Man, I thought it was special that I was finally going to have unlimited access to Fat Tire when I moved to Chicago this summer, but now it doesn't matter!
New Belgium 2012!
Fat Tire gets all of the attention, and I do love it, but New Belgium's other brews are excellent as well. In particular, 1554, their black lager, is one I seek out every time I travel out west.
Obviously, Bell's has a special place in my heart, but I'm very excited about having these beers closer to home than Chicago.
I am a big fan of their Sunshine Wheat.
I just had the Ranger IPA, and it was pretty awesome.
I also like IPAs and Two Hearted is my favorite beer, but I also have had Ranger IPA and it is really good. Also, Lagunitas IPA is really good. My move to Chicago has me trying new things since Two Hearted is either fully stocked or fully out whenever I walk into a TJs or a liquor store (since everyone loves it and it goes imediately).
Lagunitas IPA is damn good. That, Dogfish Head 60 minute, and Two Hearted are my favorites when it comes to IPAs
The Ranger IPA was $2.50 a pint Sunday in Annapolis.
Saw this as I hit the john right before leaving otherwise would have tried it.
IMO, Ranger IPA is better than Fat Tire.
I actually got tired of Fat Tire because you can basically get it anywhere in California. They even sell it in a cases at Costco.
I drank a shitload of Fat Tire working in New Mexico, and I got kinda sick of it too. It's good, but doesn't quite taste the same as I remember.
I've never seen so many microbreweries in my life.
EDIT: In response to swan flu.
When I moved to Chicago, I was pretty happy that I could come by New Belgium so easily. Then I had some. It's fine, but I will rarely pass up other craft beer on the menu for it. Some people love it and that's cool, just not me.
Ditto on the 1554 being good, I also like the Ranger IPA just fine. Fat Tire is my least favorite, actually.
It has that grating copper finish to that just seems cheap and leaves a bad after taste. I love the beers from SD and I would put Stone/Alesmith/Green Flash/Port up against about any microbreweries I've tried around the country. Fat Tire is available at just about every bar around here. Their other major beers they produce I would say are mediocre at best and I just don't get the popularity.
I have to say, my neighbor out here is a part owner of Beer Baron in Livonia and he gets a lot Michigan beers and lets me try them. Some of the best stouts I've tried are from Michigan.
Green Flash is my favorite. I like Ballast Point, but that is because I love to fish and I love the sorta gimmicky bottles.
Have you tried the Old Numbskull from Alesmith? I guess it is considered more of a barleywine.
No, you're not the only one. I tried Fat Tire when out west (San Diego, as a matter of fact) and didn't care for it. Didn't like the aftertaste. Never saw what the hype was about. I'll stick with my good old Great Lakes beers.
I didn't hate Fat Tire but at the same time I didn't get all the hubbub about it. There is just so many better beers that New Belgium has to offer that I don't understand why Fat Tire seems to be the most popular.
The mods really need to fix that!
And New Belgium is quality. But, other than Fat Tire, I don't buy much. Fat Tire is a good, reliable Amber. And I really enjoy the Biere de Mars, a Belgian. But I'm a little surprised in retrospect that I don't often buy much else. They've got a wide selection; but nothing really stands out for me.
KC's hometown brewery, Boulevard, on the other hand, has really upped the ante in the last few years with their Smokestack series, particularly the Bourbon Barrel Quad (limited) and the Tank 7 (year-round).
I like that NB is interested in collaborating with Michigan brewers. Boulevard made a great White India Pale Ale partnering with Deschutes from Oregon. I'm from Michigan originally. And IMO, NB can learn a thing or two from Bell's and especially from Founders.
And, although it's way small-scale last time I checked, I can't let the opportunity slip to mention Kuenhenn's in Warren. MOAR BARLEY WINE!
I love Keewenaw Brewing Company. Widow Maker Black is a really good dark beer. KBC is everywhere in the UP, every gas station has it, which is pretty cool considering it's such a good beer. Also love Bell's, and New Hollarnd makes some really good beer also.
I bleed Oberon on the weekends. Never have had Fat Tire.
Living in Milwaukee has it's benefits,beer is one of them
Anyone who has tried some of New Belgium's Lips of Faith brews knows this is amazing. Cocoa Molè is phenomenal.
I don't think Fat Tire is the best beer that New Belgium makes. I prefer most of their others like Trippel or Abbey more.
On another note. I like oberon when in the midwest, but have found that it does not travel well to Phoenix. It usually tastes burnt so I don't get it. Two-Hearted and Hopslam (My Fav) are just as good here as in MI. Has anyone had the same experience with oberon?
Great Divide and Full Sail would be great additions to the market if they would find a distributor in Michigan. They are available in Toledo, though.
I've gotten Great Divide in Michigan. Specifically Tiffiany's in Kalamazoo.
I used to like fat tire but now I don't even think its ther best beer. There's man better options already in Michigan....
Meh, like others here, I've never understood the Fat Tire hype. I'm not a huge amber fan, but Bell's make a much better one than Fat Tire. As far as IPA's go, I much prefer Two Hearted, Lagunitas IPA, any of the Stone IPAs, Founder's Red Rye PA (not a true IPA, but a great riff) and Alpha King to Ranger. (I know people like Dogfish Head, and that's cool, but to me the 60 and 90 minute IPAs are totally unbalanced -- all bitterness in the hops and no malt or even nice floral notes to balance it out).
If you want something exotic that you don't normally get in Michigan, start hoping for some 3Floyds distribution. You can criticize their beers for sometimes being too big, but they're always unique. To my taste, Fat Tire is just a boring version of a style that I'm not a huge fan of.
Any how, there are so many great Michigan breweries (Founders, Bells, New Holland, Dark Horse) and so many great ones coming up in Chicago now (Two Brothers, Metropolitan, 3Floyds, Half Acre), I wouldn't waste too much time with the west coast.
I am just not a 3 Floyds fan personally. I like their Alpha King and Alpha Klaus, but the few other things I have tried of theirs, I was just not impressed with. Their Dark Lord is by far the most overrated beer that I can think of. It's a cloyingly sweet mess. Drednaught almost seems like they threw a bunch of hops with no thought of making it taste good, Hopslam, RR Pliny, and even Hop Stoopid beat the crap out of Drednaught.
The only reason I would want to see their distribution here is for some of the other beers that I haven't been able to try yet.
But Trippel and Blue Paddle are truly special beers. Trippel has a fairly high alcohol content (7.8%) and is extremely flavorable. For those who love Oberon, you might find a friend in this beer. Blue Paddle combines two classic styles -- pilsner and lager. I taste more of the lager than the pilsner, but either way, it's New Belgium's best beer IMO. That said, New Belgium beers are second-fiddle to Yuengling, but that's another debate for another time.
Flavorable is going to be my new favorite word.
I am hearing Yuengling is coming to Michigan also, but I would hardly consider Yuengling to be Craft. It is more on the Bud/Miller/Coors level.
Being that i'm the brewer for New Belgium. I have to say this my favorite MGOBLOG post of all time (next to Sam Mcguffie commit). I can tell you one thing, we are terribly excited about brewing for the Wolverine State. We are fully aware that Michigan is possibly the hottest spot in the nation for hand crafted brews. We plan on making friends with Bells, Arcadia, Jolly Pumpkin and the rest of Michigan's top flight breweries. The brewery will roll out with the usual suspects at first...Fat Tire, Sunshine Wheat, 1554, Ranger and our seasonals. Eventually you will get the full spectrum as we release our Lips of Faith series to you. We will be doing collaboration brews with other breweries in Michigan as well. I am personnally blown away that after 9 years of brewing out here in Colorado i can finally brew for my family and friends again. Drink up, your New Belgium Brewer is on your side. Fuck Ohio. Hail Meeesh.
Best part about it....beer will be there by Fall Kick-off...and World Series.
Hail Michigan Beer and New Belgium.
Indirectly. I am a sales rep at one of your future distributors here in Michigan. I'm in love with 99% of your beer (Trippel is unbelievable and my favorite beer ever) and I'm a Michigan grad. I look forward to that first wave of 22oz bombers and can't wait to raise a bottle of it with my accounts; I can tell you for a fact that my town has been anticipating New Belgium for a long time and their will be many celebrations come August.
I hope to get an opportunity to meet you and welcome to Michigan.
Now that I know the NB brewer is a Michigan fan, I will go buy a (nother) 6 pack tonight. I'm in Indiana so we already get 'em here.
Hey Bo, I'm in FC too. We've been slowly getting a little Michigan group together, and reserved the loft at the Mayor for most of the football games (done a few bball games too, maybe this Friday). Let me know if you want to get on the email list.
Yup, NB just jumped a bit for me knowing the brewer is a Michigan fan. Any chance you are going to stop pasteurizing the La Folie and go back to the caged and corked unpasteurized?
I'm not sure what the prices are in MI but in the Pensacola, FL area it's $18/sixer. I miss being a student and getting the Bell's 5L mini kegs from Kroger for $23. $18 if it's going out of season...
$18!?!? Which brew? They're all about $10 bucks here in Indiana...
My in-laws are in Fort Collins and I drink New Beligum and bring some home every visit out there. Makes the 18hr drive with my mother-in-law almost worth it.
I'd enjoy Michigan beers just fine too though. I think my favorite brewery is Atwater in Detroit. The Dirty Blonde and the Amber Ale are the best.
When will Bells come to TN???
After we have already plucked the best here in Michigan! On a serious note, Bells I believe used to be the 2nd largest craft brewer behind Sam Adams, but has lost a lot of ground Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Deschutes. So if they don't want to be left behind, they need to start getting into large markets like that.
I've been a New Belgium loyalist for 18 years. Fat Tire is not what it was 15 or 17 years ago--once upon a time, a little yeast remained in the bottom of the bomber and it was maltier, less carbonated--and I lament that they no longer do Old Cherry--but it's still a good brew and the New Belgium seasonals are superb. I'm usually drinking the seasonal (Dig pale ale, currently) backed with the Fat Tire, 1554, Blue Paddle or Mothership Wit.
I'd drink my fair share of Bell's Third Coast if it was available here.
I had some Old Cherry on a New Belgium tour in January. They made up a small batch for a party and were just serving it there. I wonder what keeps them from making it a seasonal at least.
I talked to the tour guide about not being able to get Michigan beers in CO, and he said Bell's is looking to pull out of some of the southern states and likely will be shipping here sometime in the near future.
Good to hear more variety of beer making it to Michigan. Detroit needs more craft beer. It's too much of a Bud Light/Miller Lite city. Although, I do love me some Canadian brew. Molson and Labatt's are a cheap "treat" when I head home.
I haven't seen any Fat Tire in Florida (granted, I haven't really been looking). It's a good beer, and I'd probably rather have New Belgium than a lot of different breweries, but Florida generally has a good beer selection. You can always find at least two Bell's varieties in the Publix supermarkets, which is awesome for the ex-Michigan people. One of the bars I like to go to has over 40 beers on tap with Bell's, Founder's, Great Lakes, and others. They're expensive, but two or three of the strong stuff, and you're feeling pretty good...
Darn, you guys have me craving beer at 10AM on Tuesday!
Maybe you just need to know where to go for all the great craft beer in Michigan. Besides the Michigan staples and it's ever expanding new breweries, there are plenty of great breweries distributed here: Great Divide, Stone, Dogfish Head, Great Lakes, Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Avery, Southern Tier, Flying Dog, Bear Republic, Victory, Lagunitas, Victory, Epic, Laughing Dog, and that doesn't even complete the list of great US brewers. Plus all of the imports, Michigan has one of the best distributions in the nation.
The concept it embodies is so revolting that the publication or broadcast of the word is utterly forbidden in all parts of the galaxy except for use in serious screenplays.
This is great news that I have been hearing was going to happen for a little while now. So that prompts my Michigan distribution wishlist to be updated:
1) New Glarus
3) Russian River (was New Belgium)
5) Hair of the Dog
Very distant 7 tie) Oskar Blues and Three Floyds
And as for Fat Tire, I can do without. It is the rest, like the Lips of Faith series that I really want.
I get all these great brews and many many more. Also as a big fan of New Belgium both as a beer maker and all around decent company I'd encourgage everyone out there to remember 1554. It's one of New Belgiums best and if you see it soon in your store I reccomend you grab a six pack and enjoy.