Sunday, October 18, 2009

Touring New Belgium's Liquid Center

New Belgium BrewingFor those of you who've never been to the Liquid Center at the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado and wondered how popular one of the top 5 craft breweries in the USA is becoming you're in luck. Chipper Dave from Fermentedly Challenged recently stopped by the packed tasting room on a warm Saturday afternoon to see just what was going on that day.

Being one of the locals, I've come to realize that if you want to spend a quiet afternoon leisurely sipping on a sampling of New Belgium's (NBB) fine craft beers you need to plan ahead. You can't just show up during prime weekend hours (late Friday afternoon or Saturday afternoon), that is unless you enjoy mingling with a big enthusiastic crowd.

I've found that if you wait until the summer tourist season is over and head to New Belgium just after they open (before noon) on a work day, you can pretty much have the fun of the place and get some individualized service from their tap room staff.

Tours are given regularly but you have to get there early and sign-up for one. Tours tend to fill up quickly. See the New Belgium website for details on upcoming brewery tours.

Below is a YouTube video showcasing New Belgium's popularity on a typical weekend afternoon in the late summer / early fall. If you can't view the video from this page please visit the YouTube link below. After the jump, you can also find some still shots from the video. Enjoy!

New Belgium Brewing Liquid Center

New Belgium Liquid Center Photo Gallery
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Related articles:
- Tasting room notes from New Belgium Brewing.
- New Belgium revisited.
- New Belgium expands with new tanks. (2008)
- New Belgium Mighty Arrow Pale Ale review.
- New Belgium Frambozen review.

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