New Belgian Brewery enters Massachusetts market
BOSTON – New Belgian Brewery, based in Ft. Collins, CO with an additional outpost in Asheville, NC, recently entered the Boston market with its craft beers. We were fortunate to order a beer that was out of stock at Pier 6 in Charlestown, MA last night and the bartender suggested Fat Tire from New Belgian!
New Belgian also has seasonal brews and sour beers. Previously these brews weren’t available in our region until a second brewery opened in Asheville, NC, a bit closer. Fat Tire, an amber ale, is all about balance with earthy hops, toasted malts and fruity esters. It’s named for a bike trip that one of the brewery owners took through Europe.
Well balanced, it is toasty, malty and well worth trying with a fresh sweetness. Fat Tire is made with three different malts and three separate sets of hops. It has an ABV of 5.2% and farmhouse cheeses – think Cheddars and Parmigiano Reggiano. We’d definitely have it again. A second offering from New Belgian Brewery is expected at Pier 6 later this year.
BOSTON – Pier 6 on the Charlestown, MA waterfront held its second yoga and brunch event this year, drawing over 100 people to exercise on the pier. A largely female, largely millennial contingent, the group moved in unison to instructions as they engaged in healthy exercise on a sunny day on a pier guided by Jess Ray from Equinox on Franklin St. downtown.
Her class, from 9 to 11 a.m. took students through various routines intended to help build strength and relax both mind and body, all done to recorded music. Customized mimosas with Champy, the new sparkling beverage from Sonoma introduced late last year by Emmy award-winning TV Dining Playbook’s Jenny Johnson and Mother Juice’s cold-pressed, organic juices accompanied fresh fruit, bacon, breads, and scrambled eggs. The event was $35 per person which included a one hour class, rental yoga mats from lululemon and the mimosa brunch.
Colorado brewer, Breckenridge, is celebrating 25 years this year since self-termed ‘ski bum’ and home brewing fan Richard Squire decided to turn his passion into a career of brewing great beers. Vanilla Porter, on their “mainline’ list, is made with ingredients from Madagascar and Papua New Guinea with some undescribed ‘surprises’ thrown in.
We discovered it recently at Pier 6 on a steamy summer night and loved the combination of flavors.
Breckenridge expanded from a 3,000 barrel brewery in 1992 when it moved the facility to Denver, becoming a craft beer and restaurant company producing 62,000 barrels annually. Vanilla Porter comes in 6 packs of bottles, half barrel and one-sixth barrel kegs. The beers are available in 32 states.