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Attn CO beer drinkers(18 posts)

Attn CO beer drinkersmickey-mac
Jun 21, 2002 4:18 PM
Has anyone out there tried beer by New Belgium Brewery of Fort Collins, CO? I've heard good things about their beers but haven't been able to find them anywhere in southern California. They support cycling, and I'd like to support them if their beer's worth drinking.
re: Attn CO beer drinkersFender
Jun 21, 2002 7:22 PM
check out there website. There beer is real good. I also have not been able to find it in So Cal. I've had it in Arizona though.
Definitly worth drinking!!!!! They've got my support!!!
re: Attn CO beer drinkersmickey-mac
Jun 21, 2002 7:59 PM
You've got to love a cyclist who starts a microbrewery. I'd love to be able to combine my two favorite hobbies. In your time in Arizona, have you ever tried the beer at Bandersnatch Brewpub across the street from Sun Devil Stadium. I haven't been there in about 10 years, but we used to spend a lot of quality time at Banders. They had some top-notch brew and the food wasn't too bad for a brewpub.
re: Attn CA beer drinkersThe Walrus
Jun 22, 2002 11:11 AM
Dunno where in SoCal you are, but there's a small chain called Beverages & More, mainly in Orangutan County, that seems to carry lots of "exotics". Check 'em out at
re: Attn CA beer drinkersmickey-mac
Jun 22, 2002 12:15 PM
Thanks for the tip. I checked their web site; they have a good selection of craft beers but no New Belgium.
re: Have you tried High Time Liquor in Costa Mesajrm
Jun 23, 2002 3:22 PM
Down in OC. That is if your close.
re: Have you tried High Time Liquor in Costa Mesamickey-mac
Jun 23, 2002 3:43 PM
I haven't beein into Ti-Time for a while because I live in LA. However, I did check their web site and they don't list New Belgium. I think I'll e-mail the brewery and find out if it has a west coast distributor. Thanks for the tip, though. Hi-Time is a drinker's paradise.
Pasadena/Highland Park?The Walrus
Jun 23, 2002 3:56 PM
If you're anywhere close, check with Galco's Old World Market (5702 York Ave. @ Avenue 57); they've got dozens of really strange brands (are you up for hemp beer?), and make a point of tracking down requested labels. They didn't have New Belgium when I was in there this afternoon, but you can call 'em (323-255-7115) or check the website ('ve got the world's greatest soda assortment, if you're into that)).
Jun 23, 2002 4:32 PM
I work downtown, so maybe I'll head up there during lunch this week and check out the selection even if they don't stock New Belgium. I've got a couple local stores with good selections, but I've just about run through everything they stock. Thanks for the tip.
Fat Tire Ale.Sintesi
Jun 24, 2002 6:28 AM
Soooo wonderful. Haven't had it in years since I left my beloved CO, but it is one of my all-time favorite summertime tasting brews. It has a picture of a fat tire cruiser leaning against a tree on the label. The brewery specializes in making Belgian ales in the famed style of the trappist monks of that region like Chimay et. al. There aren't many breweries that can do this because duplicating the yeast is so tricky. As I recall, the first batches of trappist ale were a little spotty, some with heavy banana or bubblegummy notes in the flavor (I know this sounds weird)but was improving in complexity and balance. I'd love to try them now, some 7 years later. But the Fat Tire Ale is a champ, light and refreshing.
They do not sell it in Socal.henrymiller
Jun 25, 2002 8:23 AM
They are a small brewery, which has limited production. I am a fort collins local, and have been on a tour of the brewery more times then i care to admit. I ask the question, why they do not ship beer to cali? The answer was "we would have to build a second plant to keep up with production needs, etc". I have a friend in newport who I bring 22oz bombers too, as many as I can fit on the plane.
I will send you some fat tire if you send me some an IN-Out burger animal stlye?


Jun 25, 2002 6:26 PM
I'm up for a mail exchange. I live about a mile from an In-N-Out, but I'm not sure how well an animal style Double-Double would hold up in a UPS shipment. If you're serious about an exchange and like beer, I can send you some awesome California beer that I'm pretty sure is unavailable in CO. Stone Brewing makes some of the best beers I've tried. Here's a link: Their Old Guardian Barleywine, 5th Anniversary IPA, and Imperial Stout are absolutely amazing. All of their beers are pretty aggressively hopped. However, these three beers are "big" enough that the hop bitterness is nicely balanced by the malt backbone. Bombers on a 1 for 1 basis?
Jun 25, 2002 7:05 PM
If he doesn't take you up on this proposal, I will!
Right onmickey-mac
Jun 25, 2002 7:16 PM
I'll participate in an exchange with anyone who wants to swap some quality regional beers for some Stone Brewing, Bear Republic, or Alesmith beers unavailable in their area. BR's Hop Rod Rye is exceptional. In fact, everything I've tried from Bear Republic is terrific. Alesmith's Wee Heavy is also a very nice beer. Although I haven't tried Alesmith's Barleywine yet, I can get it and hear it's great stuff. Send me an e-mail:
my fave breweryColnagoFE
Jun 25, 2002 8:39 AM
i love their darker beers...1554, trippel, biere de mars. great people too. they got booted from this year's ride the rockies by coors (threw the organizers some big $ I'm guessing) and tons of people protested by not drinking coors. new belgium came along the route anyway and gave out free beer and schwag. a real class act IMO.
Very nice optionsjtolleson
Jun 25, 2002 6:19 PM
Especially their signature Fat Tire. A classic amber ale just a little bit sweet. They make a good wheat beer also, and a pale ale. They are highly regarded here, and their distribution is constantly growing. I know they sell in Atlanta.

The support for cycling is visible other ways. They sponsored last year's Horsetooth 100 (which was a lame event in every way except the beer) and were giving away unlimited freebies at Ride for the Roses (rock on!).
reps told me they don't sell east of the mississippi (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 26, 2002 8:59 AM
re: Come to Canada for Beer.. nuff said.. (nm)sctri
Jun 26, 2002 9:45 AM