New Belgium

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As our aspiring young homebrewer rides his mountain bike with "fat tires" through European villages famous for beer, New Belgium Brewing Company was but a glimmer in his eye. Or basement. For Jeff Lebesch would return to Fort Collins with a handful of ingredients and an imagination full of recipes.

And then there was beer.

Jeff's first two basement-brewed creations? A brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a remarkably well-balanced amber he named Fat Tire. To say the rest was history would be to overlook his wife's involvement. Kim Jordan was New Belgium's first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer and financial planner.

And now, she's our CEO.

Electrical engineer meets social worker; ideals flourish
The other side of the New Belgium story isn't as romantic as bicycling through Europe, but it gives testament to our dedication and hard work. And it goes like this: Jeff, an electrical engineer by day and tinkerer by nature, builds a homebrewing kit in his basement out of repurposed dairy equipment. His Belgian inspired brews garnered enough praise from friends and neighbors that Jeff and Kim take their basement brewery commercial in 1991.

Kim, social worker by day and mother to two always, began the marketing process by knocking on their neighbor's door. Anne Fitch was that neighbor and her watercolors are the artwork we continue to use on our labels today. With labeled bottles and local encouragement, the first Belgian-style beers brewed in the United States were officially for sale.

What else continues today?
The Core Values and Beliefs that Kim and Jeff built New Belgium Brewing Company on. Before they ever sold a bottle of beer, they hiked into Rocky Mountain National Park with a jug of home brew in one hand and pen and pad in the other. Together, they wrote down what they wanted to instill into this business dream of theirs.

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  • Jul 21, 2010
    Ronnie (3)Rank: Beer Novice
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    Very good quality beer. Priced lower than most craft beers, this is a plus. Wide range of beers to choose from. I dont think I have had a bad beer from this brewery.
  • Mar 3, 2010
    Fanbrew (2)Rank: Beer Novice
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    I think New Belgium produces some good brews, but lacks the diversity to be a great brewery. In my opinion they over use their biscuity malts. I understnad that it is the balance in their namesake beer Fat Tire, but it was off base in their 1554 Englightened Black Ale, and I didn't expect it to find it in Mighty Arrow their Pale Ale.

    I haven't actually been to the brewery, so I left the tour part at 3 stars.

    All in all what they produce is drinkable but I would like to see them move away from the malts that they seem to rely on.
  • Feb 23, 2010
    KC_Robertson (11)Rank: Beer Novice
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    Fun, green brewery. Free tastings, fun atmosphere. Their 1554 is my favorite, however they have a new Ranger IPA that is very tasty. The gift shop has everything imaginable.