Monday, November 7, 2011

2-Alarm Fire scares New Belgium

There was something else in the air besides the smell of malt, hops and water treatment around the New Belgium Brewing facility in Fort Collins. This time it was smoke.

According to the Denver Channel 7 TV and The Coloradoan newspaper, a 2-alarm fire broke out in an empty grain silo at New Belgium Brewing today, November 7th, shortly around noon.

Reportedly, the grain silo was in the process of being dismantled and was empty when the fire broke out today. None of the adjacent silos with malt were affected by the blaze and nobody was hurt. The small fire was put out within 30 minutes.

The tasting room was closed today being a Monday, but brewing operations were stopped due to the fire and much of an entire day's production was halted due to the fire. New Belgium plans to make up lost production sometime within the next 14 days.

It's incidents like this that remind us that trouble can happen anywhere and at anytime. Luckily the local firefighters got a quick handle on the blaze and no beers or people were hurt in the process.

Click to read Facebook commentsThe social media wires were quickly buzzing about the fire. It didn't take people long to start dropping fire jokes on places like Facebook and Twitter. Some went so far as to ask New Belgium about when their "smoked" porter would be available. Good to know that people can keep a sense of humor in moments like this.

Related articles:
- Denver Channel 7 news story on the NBB fire.
- The Coloradoan story on the fire aftermath.
- Denver Post coverage of the New Belgium fire.

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