New Belgium Brewing Co. offers up three new bold and beautiful beers available now through fall with its Lips of Faith and Hop Kitchen portfolios. From the boundary-defying Lips of Faith series come two new selections: Yuzu Berliner Weisse and Coconut Curry Hefeweizen. French Aramis is the latest release in the Hop Kitchen lineup.
Yuzu is an imperial Berliner Weisse ale with yuzu juice. Yuzu, a citrusy and bold fruit, is paired with sour Berliner Weiss to create this unique beer. It’s brewed with pale malt and wheat and acidified with Lacto Bacillus, delivering a light, dry mouthfeel and tart, tropical refreshment. Yuzu is 8 percent ABV.
Coconut Curry Hefeweizen has been popular among homebrewers for years, including the legendary Charlie Papazian and the 2010 National Homebrewer Remi Bonnart, who helped bring this latest selection to life. The aroma is big and bold, offering coconut and curry tones alongside a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. The vast spice list carries a bit of heat, including cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime and cayenne pepper, but the alcohol soothes the finish. ABV is 8 percent.
The latest in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series, French Aramis is a drier IPA, brewed with Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs. ABV is 6.7 percent and 74 IBUs. This is the second of four Hop Kitchen brews, distributed in 22-oz bottles and on draft in select markets.
“The newest Lips of Faith selections are chock-full of confident and exciting flavors that epitomize the series’ ability to push boundaries,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “Our Hop Kitchen beers embrace the hoppier side of things, and the dry-hopping in the French Aramis gives it a nice tea leaf type quality.”