All that really needs to be said about this regional event is well-written by beeradvocate.com's founder Jason here.
The Fort Collins, Colorado brewery is known for it's superb amber beer, Fat Tire. Of course, when Three Cellars received its shipment the other day, I sped my way over to buy all 3 22oz. varieties.
New Belgium Fat Tire
From the bottle: Fat Tire Amber Ale's appeal is in its feat of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Named in honor of Jeff's mountain bike trip from brewery to brewery through Europe. Fat Tire is still crafted following the original home brew recipe that Jeff brainstormed on this cycling trip.
Just a great overall amber. Well balanced, smooth, and tiptoes the line between malty and hoppy flavors. First seen in the basement of my old house because my dad enjoyed it as well. First tasted during college, when (somehow), the grand opening of Fat Jack's in Whitewater, WI had a single 1/2 barrel on tap, after venturing out to CO to get one. Besides being 22oz., another awesome factor of this beer is the label - a small stamp commemorates that Fat Tire is 'Now legally cruising into America's Dairyland'. What took you so long, New Belgium Brewing?
New Belgium 1554
From the bottle:
A highly complex brew. It's old world, malty feel has me slightly puzzled. It's hard to put your tongue on exactly what you're tasting. Regardless, I'm extremely happy the New Belgium Boys 'followed their folly' (sidenote - as an advertising guy at heart - this tagline, themeline, whathaveyou - is slightly awkward. That's another story...) and created this brew. Dark copper brown in color with an off-tan, creamy head. This 'enlightened' ale certainly enlightened my tastebuds.
New Belgium Mothership Wit
From the bottle:
Ah yes - going 'green' and 'organic' is the way to go nowadays. People aiming to reduce their 'carbon footprint' and whatever else conservationists are aiming to do nowadays have a beer for their cause as well. Mothership Wit is, actually, the first organic brew I've tried. And, I was pleasantly surprised. White head stayed around the rim of the glass to chat, much longer than I had anticipated it would. Barely golden in color, Mothership Wit has a weak look to it, but has enough taste to keep the drinker intrigued. Personally, I would choose a different wheat next time, but would buy/try again if the option was out there.
(from right to left: Fat Tire, Mothership Wit, and 1554)
Beer tastes better when it's housed in 22oz bottles! ;)