New Belgium Hoppy Bock Lager

 

(Fort   Collins, CO) – New Belgium Brewing Company is launching a new series of beers in 2013 under the name, “Hop Kitchen.”

The brewers created some batches last year and tested them out in the field so some of you have already tried first the beer. Behind the Pint’s Ritch Marvin described it as a “Maibock on steroids.”

And what will that first release be? Meet New Belgium Hoppy Bock Lager.

“A German-style springtime lager brewed with rye then loaded with Hallertauer, Perle and Fuggle hops for a spicy, earthy aroma. This Hoppy Bock Lager offers a medium body and slightly sweet malt character perfect for your spring hop-fling.”

Four Hop Kitchen beers will be released during 2013 (presumably quarterly) in 22 oz. bottles and draft. Label came through this week for HBL in 22s, 15.5 GAL. (1/2 BBL), 5.16 GAL. (1/6 BBL) and 10.8 GAL. (FIRKIN).

According to New Belgium spokesperson, Bryan Simpson, the second beer will be an IPA featuring French Aramis hops, the third a Fresh Hop IPA using salmon-safe hops farmed in Oregon and the fourth will feature some throwback hops that were popular in the 80′s and 90′s.

“The idea is to have a nice rotating offering of hoppy beers to compliment the Belgian-influenced sour and wood beers that have been rotating through our Lips of Faith series,” says Simpson.

Look for the first beer sometime this spring.