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- Sep 24, 2009
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- Central Jersey
I left it there. Ugh.
This is my feeling exactly, this will be the last thing I ever buy from New Belgium. They used to be one of my favorites back in the day too. I also think Bell's is on the way down too, same owner...When I buy Fat Tire, I expect it to be the same beer that it used to be. For those of us who don't keep up with the recipe changes, I feel that the breweries should either give the new version a new name or make it clear on the packaging that it has been changed. Otherwise, it's a bait-and-switch.
meh.I also think Bell's is on the way down too, same owner...
Have you used it? Just wondering how important it is since they basically say that US-05 is an acceptable substitute.their "house yeast": Imperial Yeast A62 Bell's House Yeast
Not yet.Have you used it [Bell's House Yeast]?
So you've brewed their kit with their hops and US-05? Because that's what I'm thinking about doing soon.I have brewed with their "Select" hops in the past and enjoyed the difference.
I have, it's more of an English yeast than US-05, it's a good one too.Have you used it? Just wondering how important it is since they basically say that US-05 is an acceptable substitute.
This was the same sentiment that was expressed about New Belgium after they were purchased that nothing would change and in fact be better. Huge misnomer it's only a matter of time for Bells better get it before things change.meh.
With regard to home brewing, as of today, Bell's General Store (link) has for sale
Which is basically what Bells' General Store was selling before the merger.
- home brew kits for the beers they brew and sell
- their "house yeast": Imperial Yeast A62 Bell's House Yeast
- "Select Hops" : from the web site (link) "These are the same hand-selected hops we use to make our own beers in the brewery."
Is there spelling error in the thread title?
Didn't you mean to write Flat Tire [...]
meh.This was the same sentiment that was expressed about New Belgium after they were purchased that nothing would change and in fact be better.
Things are always changing.Huge misnomer it's only a matter of time for Bells better get it before things change.
I have brewed with the "Select" hops (centennial, cascasde, golding), but not the kit.So you've brewed their kit with their hops and US-05?
They might be referring to the solar power - see this article: New Belgium Brewing adds solar to North Carolina facilityGotta love 'carbon neutral' branding. Isn't that just recycling their CO2? What about the rest of their energy consumption? You can definitely tell they are trying to attract the younger crowd.
I tried it on Sunday, and this was my take: it's "fine." It's a very non-descript beer now. There's nothing that sets it apart.I had the new recipe last week. It's...fine. It still has some of that biscuit malt taste but it's toned down and a less interesting beer. I tried it out of curiosity but I bet I'll buy it as often as I did the old recipes these days, which is once every few years. Fat Tire was one of the few craft beers I could find regularly for a long time when I first got into beer where I lived. I've drank a lot of it but don't tend to pick it up anymore.
I wonder if this is just a marketing move to try to get people excited about Fat Tire. According to their market research Fat Tire was still a huge seller before the recipe change. I could see them running this recipe for a year or so and then bringing back the old one like public outcry made them do it. NB tried to break out Fat Tire as a string of beers like Voodoo Ranger with a lot less success. I wonder if this is an attempt to refresh the whole brand concept.
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