In Denmark, it’s tradition to douse folks who are still single by the time they reach age 25 with cinnamon on their 25th birthday. Reach your 25th year without a ring on it in Germany, and your buddies will string sock garlands (cigarette-carton box garlands if you’re a lady) outside your home to broadcast your presumed celibacy to God and country, and compel you to run an alcoholic drink gauntlet as you follow their trails. New Belgium Brewing Company’s flagship beer Fat Tire is marking its 25th anniversary in a fashion a tad more celebratory and a lot more collaborative.
New Belgium’s Fat Tire & Friends Collabeeration (yeah, that’s right) mixed pack is making its way to store shelves. The pack features five of the best craft breweries in the country, each of them re-imagining Fat Tire with a little spin put on it from their unique perspective. This 25th anniversary package is a 12-bottle variety pack. Here’s the rundown:
- Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, ME) – Fat Funk Ale features a De Dolle house Belgian yeast strain, which adds pear, banana and spice to Fat Tire’s malty goodness. Expect notes of stone fruit, sweet tart and peppercorn.
- Avery Brewing (Boulder, Colo.) – Fat Wild Ale focuses on a fruit-forward hop bill featuring Huell Melons and a dose of brett evoking notes of apricot and pineapple.
- Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA) – Fat Hoppy Ale focuses on what Firestone Walker does best – big beautiful hop forward ales. Fat Hoppy has a light malty sweetness initially, with a subtle bitterness in the middle that lingers ever-so-slightly.
- Hopworks Urban Brewery (Portland, OR) – Fat Sour Apple Ale starts out with a snap of tartness, courtesy of Lactobacillus and apple juice, then gets balanced with Fat Tire-inspired malty sweetness and slight herbal bitterness.
- Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati, OH) – Fat Pale Ale focuses on two components: Rhinegeist Brewers’ malt interpretation of Fat Tire married with the fruity, wild, almost wine like character of Fiction. Together they offer up a slightly bready, biscuity and slightly toast malt backbone combined with fruity Southern Hemisphere hops and abundant fruity esters from the strain of Belgian yeast that Rhinegeist used.
Hear what the brewers involved had to say:
[Images and video courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company]