Lips of Faith is New Belgium Brewing Co.’s limited-edition, experimental series of bomber beers. Two of the beers are usually introduced each quarter — “small batch beauties brewed for faithful lips” — said the company. New Belgium has just announced its two new quarterly Lips of Faith offerings: Paardebloem, which is the newest collaboration with Red Rock Brewing in Salt Lake City, and Pluot.
Paardebloem is the sixth collaboration beer with Red Rock Brewing. The beer brings together a diverse set of ingredients ranging from peach juice to dandelion greens. It blends funky brettanomyces with New Belgium’s house Belgian ale yeast and includes a touch of wood-aged sour beer and Grains of Paradise. Paardebloem pours a light, hazy gold and is 9 percent ABV.
Pluot is a subtly sweet ale made from pluot juice, which is a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. Pluot is light golden, delivering fruity aromas and distinct esters. It is also created with house Belgian ale yeast and brettanomyces, bringing a hint of spice and a malty backbone. ABV is 10 percent. Both of these Lips of Faith selections will be available through July or until supplies run out.
“All three of these selections are bold statements of Belgian tradition, offering imagination in every pour,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “The Lips of Faith series was created for those wanting to push their palate.”
As readers begin their annual festival and beer-tasting planning, don’t forget to see if either New Belgium’s Tour de Fat (www.facebook.com/TourDeFat/events) or Clips Beer and Film Tour (www.facebook.com/ClipsBeerAndFilmTour/events) is coming to your area.
To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: www.newbelgium.com/beer.aspx. Pricing varies by location. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newbelgium and Twitter @NewBelgium.