New Belgium Brewing is Coming to the East Coast for the First Time as Three Brews Roll into North Carolina

22-Ounce Bombers of Fat Tire, 1554 and Mothership Wit Arrive March 2

Fort Collins, CO – February 3, 2009 – New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is happy to announce that it’s entering Tar Heel country. Beginning March 2, 22-ounce bombers of Fat Tire, 1554 and Mothership Wit will become available at grocers and beer and wine shops in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Asheville and Wilmington. By mid-April these same beers will be pouring in select bars.

“North Carolina is exciting for us as it marks our first foray along the eastern seaboard,” said Bryan Simpson, spokesperson from New Belgium. “We’re looking forward to engaging in a new community and getting our beers in front of North Carolina’s savvy beer-drinking crowd.”

New Belgium is nationally recognized for its progressive environmental practices. By tapping into one of its core values of environmental stewardship, consumers can enjoy their new favorite beers even more knowing they were produced at a brewery where choices like reduced greenhouse emissions, green building techniques and water conservation are a cultural way of life.

“We’re excited to be in this vital market,” added Ryan Beach, Area Manager of The Carolinas. “It’s been a smooth opening and we look forward to quickly becoming a fully engaged member of the community.”

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Here are the beers New Belgium is bringing to North Carolina:

Fat Tire
Like the ageless delight of pedaling a bicycle, Fat Tire Amber Ale’s appeal is in its feat of balance: Toasty malt flavors (sorta like biscuits just pulled from the oven) coasting in equilibrium with crisp hoppiness. Delicious stability – in the world of sometimes-precarious beer flavors – is perhaps what prompted one consumer to say, “This beer just makes you smile.”

Fat Tire’s depth of flavor, achieved with neither a disproportionate sway toward hops or malts, tandems well with a full spectrum of today’s engaging cuisines. Salmon, dry-aged cheeses, roasted chilies, omelets at midnight, sweet potato French fries and just about anything with grill marks or garlic are just a few of the edibles we like to partner up with our Amber Ale.

Other than being dark in color, 1554 has little in common with Porters or Stouts. The beer is fermented at relatively high temperatures using a European lager yeast that imparts a refreshing, zesty acidity. Chocolate and coffee tones in the nose give way to a surprisingly clean finish. With 1554 we hoped to create a beer similar to what folks enjoyed nearly five-hundred years ago without ignoring five-hundred years of technological innovation.

Mothership Wit
New Belgium’s first organic beer offering, Mothership Wit elevates the zesty Wit or White beers of Belgium with wheat malt, coriander and orange peel spicing – all of which are organically grown. The Mothership experience begins with a cloudy pale yellow appearance capped by a creamy white head. Next is the alluring, slightly spicy, floral nose. The refreshing taste is the result of a gravitational balance of citrus and sour flavors held in suspension by a bright burst of carbonation.

New Belgium beers are now available in 21 states across the United States. Fat Tire is the brewery’s flagship brew, with its other year-round and seasonal Belgian beers recognized for their mature flavors, unique history and high quality ingredients.