In 1988, an aspiring young homebrewer rode his mountain bike with ‘fat tires’ through European villages famous for beer, New Belgium Brewing Company was but a glimmer in his eye. Or basement, actually. For Jeff Lebesch would return to his home in Fort Collins, Colorado with an imagination full of recipes and a handful of ingredients ready to embark on a whole new journey.
And then there was beer. Jeff’s first two home-basement-brewed creations were a brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey, and a remarkably well-balanced amber he named Fat Tire. The inspired brews garnered enough praise from friends and neighbors that Jeff and wife, Kim Jordan (also New Belgium’s co-founder, first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer, and financial planner, as well as the company’s longtime CEO), took their basement brewery – and Fat Tire – commercial in 1991.
Today, the employee-owned New Belgium Brewing Company continues to flourish and grow under Jeff and Kim’s original Core Values and Beliefs, and also continues to produce their iconic Fat Tire Amber Ale.
Fat Tire and Friends CollaBEERation Pack
In celebration of their 25th year brewing Fat Tire Amber Ale, New Belgium Brewing Company set out to create a commemorative collection worthy of honoring their flagship brand. They enlisted friends from across the craft brewing community – and across the country – to crack open a few Fat Tires, then crack open bags of malts and hops to brew creative twists on the amber ale.
Join New Belgium in celebrating a quarter-century of craft beer brewing, and taste your way through Fat Tire & Friends CollaBEERation Pack, which includes:
Fat Tire and Friends Fat SourApple
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB),
HUB pedaled this Fat Tire straight to the apple orchard. Sure, it looks like original Fat Tire, but one sip is all it takes to unlock what’s different: tartness. This slightly sour apple spin on New Belgium’s first beer starts out with a snap of tartness, before a balance of malty sweetness and a slight herbal bitterness finishes the sip. Truly a nice ride from HUB. Tart Tire, anyone?
Fat Tire and Friends Fat Wild Ale
Avery Brewing Company,
Go wild for Fat. Thanks to Boulder’s finest for this unabashedly tropic take on Fat Tire. Avery built a sturdy malt backbone, layered on some fruity hops, and then added wild yeast for a tropical pineapple layer. Heed the call of the wild Fat Tire.
Fat Tire and Friends Fat Hoppy Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co,
Paso Robles, CA
A happily hopified Fat Tire thanks to New Belgium’s California buds. Firestone Walker created an assertive hop presence, and then added a lager yeast to the Fat Tire recipe. The result? A hoppy amber lager version of Fat Tire with an amplified American hop aroma and flavor. Time for you to hop on this Fat, too.
Fat Tire and Friends Fat Funk Ale
Allagash Brewing Company,
Who wants the funk? Fat Tire wants the funk. Taking Fat back to its Belgian roots, Allagash Brewing sourced a Belgian yeast strain to introduce classic pear, banana and spice to Fat Tire’s malty goodness. Then, they bottle-conditioned the beer with a different yeast for added clove and anise spice for an extra spicy finish. Time to get your funk on.
Fat Tire and Friends Fat Pale Ale
Fat Tire to the X, P and A. The innovative folks at Rhinegeist went all new style on Fat Tire. The result is a Belgian-style XPA. A combination of fruity Belgian yeast, bready-sweet European and Colorado malts and a healthy dose of fruity, vinous hops. Perfect for hopheads, wine lovers, beer fanatics and even whiskey quaffers.
Fat Tire Amber Ale
New Belgium Brewing,
Fort Collins, CO & Asheville, NC
The original. Fat Tire pedaled its way into existence in 1989 after New Belgium’s co-founder returned from an inspired bike trip through Europe with a handful of ingredients and an imagination full of recipes. His homebrew instantly won fans with its perfect balance of toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Fat Tire: Pairs well with people.