New Belgium Brewing has a major plan for the rest of 2014 and one of the significant points of emphasis we found in it, was their commitment to creative, innovative new beers.
Today, New Belgium Brewing has announced that through late May of this year, they will be offering consumers two new beers. They are RyePA, the newest addition to the "Hop Kitchen Series", and Gruit, the latest newcomer to the "Lips of Faith" collection.
Matty Gilliland, who is a brewing process analyst at New Belgium, talked about RyePA and the collaboration New Belgium took part in with Asheville, North Carolina's brewery, Riverbend Malt House.
"Some may wonder about basing a Hop Kitchen beer on a malt, but this malt plays up hop flavors and aromas so well, it’s like a mash made in heaven…or Asheville, which isn’t too shabby," Gilliland said. "The team at Riverbend is an inspiring group and they rallied together to ramp up their production to help make this collaboration possible."
This collaboration between the two was to help celebrate the impending start of construction on New Belgium's second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. New Belgium is looking to break ground on the new location this coming May.
RyePA is an India Pale Ale and that's malted by Riverbend Malt House, of course. It is also brewed with Carolina Rye ultimately serving people spicy notes and scents. Gruit uses an older style of brewing that includes herb mixtures, and it is created with a few malts, wheats and oats. The finish delivers an "herbal almost mint-like and floral bouquet with a bittered root taste."
RyePA and Gruit are 7.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and 6.6%, respectively. Once again, the two beers will be available through late May and folks can purchase them in a 22-ounce bomber and on draft where available.