Brewery of the Month – May 2024

Written by: Thomas P.

New Belgium has been going strong for years now with no end in sight. Some exciting things have been happening since the last time they were Brewery of the Month for Happy Harrys.

In 2014 New Belgium Brewing Company broke ground on a state-of-the-art brewing facility in Asheville, North Carolina (not new but worth mentioning because the facility is amazing!). In 2016, New Belgium opened its brewery and “Asheville Liquid Center” (a tasting room), finalizing construction and starting to brew. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels (bbls) annually and support upward of 140 jobs. The new brewery and Liquid Center is on an 18-acre site along the French Broad River in West Asheville, once designated as a brownfield site and having a history of interesting uses (like circus events). Known for its sustainable business practices, the Fort Collins, CO, brewery purchased the 18-acre urban brownfield property in West Asheville as a targeted, sustainable, urban in-fill development strategy with plenty of green features. Innovations include repurposed materials from deconstructed buildings on the site, high efficiency cooling and distributed heating and cooling, solar hot water, natural ventilation, and HVAC and process heat recovery. Also, New Belgium partnered with the City of Asheville on the restoration of Penland Creek and development of the adjacent greenway along the French Broad River

Employee-owned for seven years, New Belgium sold to Lion in 2019. Its CEO, Steve Fechheimer, stayed on following the transaction and the company remains headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo. Fechheimer told the Free Press that New Belgium has enjoyed roughly 25% growth the past two years and that the company has been able to build upon its mission and invest more into its brands since the sale to Lion. It’s also had the flexibility to take care of its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

With its humble beginnings in Jeff and Kim’s basement, to starting an employee-owned brewery in Fort Collins CO and the new facility in Asheville NC, and now being acquired by an international beverage conglomerate New Belgium Brewing is poised to be around for the long haul. With its Fat Tire Amber Ale as its flag ship brew, to its new hopped-up Voodoo Ranger IPAs and a variety of other specialty releases, and now a Tea Creation (Hard Charged Tea) craft brewing seems to be in good hands with the talented brewers at New Belgium Brewery Company. 

Voodoo Ranger IPA

Bursting with tropical aromas and juicy fruit flavors from Mosaic and Amarillo hops, this golden IPA is perfectly bitter with a refreshing, sublime finish. Light golden, bright with a little particulate, medium-thin white foam. Pine and citrus in the fore, the citrus comprised of orange and grapefruit.  ABV: 7.0%, IBU: 50.  Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook, Mosaic, Amarillo


Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

This New England Hazy IPA is packed with bright tropical aromas and brilliant citrusy flavors, this unfiltered IPA wraps up with a pleasantly smooth finish.  ABV: 7.5%, IBU: 42.  Hops:  Citra, Cascade, Simcoe, Nugget

Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA is a rare blend of choice hops that creates an explosion of fresh-cut pine and citrus flavors for a complex, rich and delicious flavor.  ABV: 9.0%, IBU: 70.  Hops: Delta, Bravo, Centennial, Cascade, Calypso, Mosaic.

Voodoo Ranger Hard Charged Tea Variety Pack

Don’t settle for boring tea. Get a tea that parties with the Hardcharged Tea variety pack. This pack has your back with 3 cans of each flavor: OG lemon, perfectly sweet peach, half & half, and the exclusive Razz Pop that will slam you with a surge of raspberry bliss.  ABV: 7.0%

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