Events & Festivals

New Belgium Brewing announces 2012 Tour de Fat schedule

A bicycle celebration at 15 loacations across the States

New Belgium Brewing has announced the 2012 Tour de Fat schedule hitting 15 cities across the country including new to this year’s line up, Atlanta and DC. In its 13th season, Tour de Fat is a celebration of bicycles and the people who use them, making Eco-friendly decisions. Festivities include a costumed bicycle parade, local food, an unusual bike contest, and of course, New Belgium beer. The free event is expected to exceed the $2 million mark for money raised in 2012. Stages are alternatively powered and created with recycled materials, trucks and transport use bio-fuel sourced from recycled waste oils, all vendors operate ‘off the grid’, and proceeds directly benefit trail maintenance, safety education, and lobbying for better bicycle communities. Read More

Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing to expand canning line

More and more craft breweries like L.A.’s Golden Road Brewing and Chico, CA’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. are putting their beers in cans. Cans are not only good for the environment, due to the efficiency of packing and shipping, it’s also better for the brew than bottles. According to, an online blog and database for canned beers, “Cans actually lock in the flavor of beer better than even dark glass bottles. No light penetrates the cans and the seal is tighter than a bottle cap. Thus, your beer tastes fresher longer.” As of 2012, 23 Colorado-based breweries can their beers. Today, Fort Collins, CO based New Belgium Brewing, the third largest craft brewery in the U.S., announced a sixfold expansion of a 16,000 sq. ft. canning line, which will continue to produce 12-ounce cans, and all new 16-ounce cans.

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar to host New Belgium Brewing

Monday, February 13 at 7 PM

Far Bar in L.A.’s Little Tokyo is hosting Colorado based New Belgium Brewing for a night spotlighting the 2012 released of La Folie – a sour brown ale aged in French oak barrels. Additionally, New Belgium’s Beer Ranger, Dallas Byerley, will be on-site to educate enthusiasts on the brews. Read More


New Belgium Brewing tour + interview with CEO Kim Jordan

Inside look at Kim Jordan's beer factory

Twenty years ago, New Belgium Brewing was a two person operation in Fort Collins, Colorado brewing the first Belgium beers in the U.S. Now they employ 410 workers and produce 700,000 barrels a year. Our host Jace Milstead sat down with New Belgium’s CEO, Kim Jordan, to discuss beginnings, collaborations, and a company that just might be receiving an application from yours truly. Read More


California, Colorado win big at the Great American Beer Festival 2011

It was a history in the making for craft beer as the Great American Beer Festival celebrate its 30th anniversary. The awards were handed out this afternoon in Denver, CO with big wins from California and host state Colorado. The awards were given out by beer industry judges raking over 4,000 beers submitted for the competition. Read More


A tale of New Belgium Brewing with employee number three

Jamie Mastin became a brewer for New Belgium Brewing in 1992

Based in Ft. Collins, CO, New Belgium Brewing is the third biggest craft brewery in the United States. Recently they announced plans to expand distribution into Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Now with over 400 employees, distribution in 28 states and a state of art brewing facility, the brewery has gone a long way since it was founded by Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan in 1991. We sat down with employee number three, Jamie Mastin, and spoke to him about CEO Kim Jordan, Ranger IPA and drinking Chimay in 1983. Read More