Watch How New Belgium Brewing Makes Some of Your Favorite Beers
Fort Collins, Colorado has a lot to offer: sprawling scenic views, historical sites, and the New Belgium Brewing Company.
“Beer can be anything,” says Lauren Woods Limbach, New Belgium’s wood cellar director and blender. Limbach, who has been with the brewery since 1997, loves the thrill of working on a new batch because there’s room for creativity throughout the entire process. “It’s really up to you to redefine beer everyday,” Limbach tells Popular Mechanics.
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New Belgium co-founders Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch were inspired to start the brewery in March 1991 after taking a bike trip through Belgium a few years earlier. The company’s humble beginnings trace back to a minimal setup in the basement of the Jordan-Lebesch home in Fort Collins, where Jordan brewed, bottled, distributed, and marketed New Belgium beers.
By October 1995—after winning a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival two years earlier—New Belgium relocated a few blocks away to their current headquarters at 500 Linden Street.
These days, Limbach says she’s responsible for the stellar flavors and quality of New Belgium beers in addition to “pushing [the] boundary” of what good beer actually is and what it could become. Whether it’s trying new ingredients or changing the brewing process, Limbach is always working to elevate New Belgium’s offerings.
Ultimately, Limbach is proud that New Belgium did exactly what the founders and early employees envisioned for the company: “Have fun, be profitable, and make amazing beer.” And if you’ve ever tasted New Belgium’s Fat Tire, Honey Orange Tripel, or 1554, you probably agree.
“It’s no fun to do the same thing over and over again,” Limbach says. “It might be safe, but there’s no excitement to that, and you’re not pushing boundaries.”
We’ll toast to that.
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Published at Wed, 10 Nov 2021 13:00:00 +0000