New Belgium Brewing’s 2017 blend of Transatlantique Kriek is out now and it’s the first time the craft beer is 100% wood-aged. The sour is a mix of 50 percent New Belgium Foeder-aged Golden Sour and 50 percent Authentic Kriek Lambic from Brewery Oud Beersel in Belgium.
“This year’s beer is particularly iconic because it’s 100% wood aged,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Specialty Brand Manager. “Because of our process with this beer, we actually had the incredible honor of having Transatlantique Kriek at this year’s Toer de Geuze in Belgium, the premier sour beer event in the world.”
“We showcased our beer alongside 12 other authentic lambic producers,” added Lauren Limbach, New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Director & Blender. “It was an incredible honor and a total dream come true!”
The kriek lambic process takes place in Belgium at a few select breweries including Oud Beersel, New Belgium’s collaborative producer. Authentic lambic is spontaneously fermented beer that is soured in oak barrels. Oud Beersel then matures the lambic on Polish cherries for months to produce the kriek, which is then sent from Belgium to New Belgium to blend with an oak-aged sour golden.
New Belgium has a rich history of brewing sour beers and this year marks its 14th year of Transatlantique Kriek. The beer’s flavor profile is spritzy, mouthwatering and fruity, along with tartness from the cherries. The 2017 Transatlantique Kriek is 6.5 percent ABV and is available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.
New Belgium Brewing also just released its latest addition to the Voodoo Ranger line, a specialty brew called Passionfruit Imperial IPA. Tropical aromas and passionfruit flavors are backed by a strong presence of Citra and Galaxy hops. The double IPA’s crisp and refreshing taste is perfect for the summer weather.
Passionfruit Imperial IPA is 8 percent ABV and is available in both 22 oz. bottles and on draft for a limited time only.
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire and the new Fat Tire Belgian White coming August 2017, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale.