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Craft Brew of the Month

The BRU Crew loves Craft Brews. Say it 5 times fast and read about this month’s BRU
featured brews from New Belgium Brewing here!

It may or may not come as a surprise that many of us WBRU are Craft Brew enthusiasts. Staff-wide, this varies from those of us who seek out small breweries all over the country to those of us who just want to look extra cool ordering at the bar (y’all have seen this, right?). Whatever your preference, WBRU wants to share some of our favorites with you month after month. But let’s be honest. We’re mostly psyched on the monthly tastings we’ll get to host all over Southern New England. And you should be too. Check out June’s picks from New Belgium Brewery below!

beer pic_fat tireFAT TIRE AMBER ALE:

VISUAL: Clear, amber and bright with white lacing
AROMA: Sweet biscuity and caramel malts, subtle notes of fresh fennel and green apple
FLAVOR: Toasty malt, gentle sweetness, flash of fresh hop bitterness. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced.
MOUTHFEEL: carbonation and light sweetness finish clean on your palate.
BODY: Medium
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 22
YEAST: House Ale Yeast
HOPS: Willamette, Goldings, Nugget
MALTS: Pale, C-80, Munich, Victory

Named in honor of our co-founder’s bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer’s home brewing. Belgian beers use a far broader palette of ingredients (fruits, spices, esoteric yeast strains) than German or English styles. Together with co-founder Kim Jordan, they traveled around sampling their homebrews to the public. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Fat Tire: Pairs well with people.


beer pic_rangerRANGER IPA:

  • VISUAL: Light veil over this amber beauty
    AROMA: Bursts with an abundance of hops (citrus, floral and fruity)
    FLAVOR: Pale and caramel malts harmonize with hop flavor from start to finish- yet finishes deliciously bitter.
    MOUTHFEEL: Bitter and dry hop finish- imbalanced yet sessionable!

    BODY: Medium

    ABV: 6.5%
    IBU: 70
    YEAST: Ale Yeast
    CALORIES: 187
    HOPS: Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade
    MALTS: Pale, C-120
    SPECIAL PROCESSING: Dry-Hopping with Cascade In Dry hopping, the hops are never exposed to heat, so the highly volatile hop aroma compounds remain in the beer. Hop essential oils like myrcene (are proportionately higher they give intense pungent citrus, grassy and pine aromas). Also, since these compounds have never been exposed to heat they tend to be released by body temperatures- hence the HOP BURP.

Ever met a New Belgium Beer Ranger? They are our beloved folks out in the field. Spanning all of our states from the Pacific to the Atlantic, our Beer Rangers do their best to protect, to pour and to partake. And explore many a beer from many a brewery, they do. Bring out the hops with RANGER IPA! This clear amber INDIA PALE ALE beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!

beer pic_citradelicCITRADELIC:

  • VISUAL: Bright golden orange in color with a light sheen.
    AROMA: A blend of citrus (orange fruit/candy), tropical fruit (pineapple), and pine hop up front. Lighter are the herbal and caramel notes.
    FLAVOR: Starts mildly sweet and transitions to a well-balanced bitterness.
    MOUTHFEEL: Smooth start, lightly dry and a clean finish.

    BODY: Medium body.

    ABV: 6.0
    IBU: 50
    YEAST: Ale yeast
    CALORIES: 170
    HOPS: Nugget, Crystal, Centennial, Azzaca, Cascade, Citra, Chinook, Galaxy, Mandarina Bavaria, Simcoe
    MALTS:Pale, Caramel 120
    FRUITS/SPICES: Tangerine infused orange peel

    Tune in and hop out with New Belgium Citradelic. Set adrift on a kaleidoscopic wave of hoppiness brought to you by a mystical marriage of Citra hops and tangerine peel, which elevates each sip onto a plane of pure tropical, fruity pleasure. Citradelic’s namesake hop and fruit combine to jam with visions of additional hops like citrusy Mandarina Bavaria, tropical Azzaca, and fruity Galaxy for a colorful explosion that’s grounded by just a touch of malty sweetness. Bored by the status quo? Expand your palate with a pour of Citradelic. Launching January 2016.


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