Hop Stout & Le Terroir Tasting
Our good friends at New Belgium Brewery will be hosting a special tasting at Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar on Tuesday, November 10 (6-9 PM) of Hop Stout & Le Terroir beers. Known for their very popular amber ale, Fat Tire, New Belgium have (since 1991) been dedicated to the development of craft beer with their humble beginnings garnering enough praise from friends and neighbors that the owners Jeff and Kim took their basement brewery commercial in 1993. Along with local artist and neighbor Anne Fitch they began hand making their iconic labels with her distinctive watercolor designs. In 1996, they brought in Peter Bouckaert, a Belgian Brewmaster previously working at Rodenbach to help influence their love of sour beers.
Le Terroir • 7.5% 12 IBUs
French, meaning ‘from the terrain, soil, land, ground, earth.’ You may have heard it as a wine term speaking of the environmental conditions of the vineyard, the pH of the soil, even the slope of the land. But beer has it too, especially a New Belgium sour beer, which oozes terroir from the pores of the wooden foeders we age it in. They produce a base beer that’s golden-colored with a soft overripe peach aroma and just the right amount of tart. And after 3 years in the foeders, you can bet it has some nice earthy tones. Round out that fruity base with even more unique fruity hops like Amarillo and Galaxy, and this beer may just have more terroir than your classiest wine.
Hop Stout • 8% 100 IBUs
The latest release in their Hop Kitchen series crafts the best of the brewing worlds with one of the most brawny, bitter beers in New Belgium history. Eight different grains converge for a deep blend of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and toasted bread, while generous additions of six hop varieties, like Equinox, Chinook and Willamette, accent the richness with citrusy, woodsy pops. Just as you get lost in Hop Stout’s malty depth, a wicked rush of bitterness attacks with the combined force of an imperial stout and IPA. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is for malt and hop lovers alike.