New Belgium Will Sell Percent Fat Tire in Bottles and Cans | Westword
New Belgium Fat Tire was created by the fine brewers of Fort Collins, Colorado, but it can really be said that it was born in the Belgian countryside. Inspired by a bike trip through Belgium, the fragrance of the local terroir, the spice of the abbey beers, and the complexity of the Belgian's history, the founders of New Belgium came back to the States and immediately began work on this amber ale concept. Meant to mimic some of the European amber ales that would be brewed for English troops stationed on the mainland, it incorporates the rich history of both British and Belgian style beers. It has both spice and bitterness, both flavor and refreshment.
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The hype behind Fat Tire reminds Chicagoist of another Colorado-brewed beer that grew in mystique due to its high alcohol content and unavailability for purchase east of the Mississippi River. While everyone was waiting with baited breath for Fat Tire, Chicagoist sang the praises of Arrogant Bastard Ale , instead. Hell, back when we considered wearing lycra a right and not a privilege, we owned a few Fat Tire bicycle jerseys.