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Fat Tire! To match the spare tire.

Fat Tire! To match the spare tire.

Okay, so I heard a lot about this Fat Tire. Well… I heard quite a bit about it. Alright, alright, 2 people told me about it. I was lucky enough that a beer buddy at my day job did a beer swap with me, thanks Jeff. My other friend, who shall remain nameless, didn’t even offer to send me one. Thanks a lot Roman. Oooops.  O.o

I’m sure you saw that coming, anyway being that I know nothing about the beer or brewery, this is when I go and check them out.  BUT, I am so freaking thirsty right now I’m diving in. I’ll surf the web l8r. (l8r = later, me trying to be internet kewl)

Fat Tire Amber Ale

Fat Tire

I grabbed a tulip glass and poured away. This beer is easily amber ale with what looks like slight orange hue, white head with good lacing. The smell was malty, and slightly caramel. Immediately, I thought for sure I was in for a malty beer but nope.  This beer has a slight sweet, malt start with a burst of hops that ends with a smooth finish. I can see why people rave about this beer. Damn, it’s good!

Most of the time when I have a beer like this the toasted malt or cameral finish keep me from going back but I am really surprised at how much I like it. That burst of hops really balances it out for me. I prefer a hoppy beer but I would definitely get this beer if it comes to the area.

A little background, Fat Tire Amber Ale is from New Belgium Brewing based out of Fort Collins Colorado. They make some really good beer in that state.  Colorado has been home to New Belgium since 1991 and in 2015 they are coming to ASHVILLE, NC!  JEAH! (Ryan Lochte word, I won’t use it again) They plan on spreading the love on the North East.

Good news for South East, New Belgium should be around in July 2013! Congrats to Jeff & Kim and the rest of the New Belgium krewe.  After looking up the brewery history I came across their core values and beliefs. I thought this says a lot about them.   

Company Core Values and Beliefs

  1. Remembering that we are incredibly lucky to create something fine that enhances people’s lives while surpassing our consumers’ expectations.
  2. Producing world-class beers.
  3. Promoting beer culture and the responsible enjoyment of beer.
  4. Kindling social, environmental and cultural change as a business role model.
  5. Environmental stewardship: Honoring nature at every turn of the business.
  6. Cultivating potential through learning, high involvement culture, and the pursuit of opportunities.
  7. Balancing the myriad needs of the company, our coworkers and their families.
  8. Trusting each other and committing to authentic relationships and communications.
  9. Continuous, innovative quality and efficiency improvements
  10. Having fun

If you want to know more about New Belgium > click here <  What seemed like a late start in brewing turned out to be a love story with a happy ending.

I was very surprised and happy with this beer. Sometimes a big build up leads to a big let down but not this time.  If this beer is in your area and you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go. Tell us what you think.

In the meantime, happy tasting!  Cheers!

About Brendan

Brendan is Scott's Ed to Johnny, Chuy to Chelsea, Andy to Conan, Guillermo to Jimmy... You get the idea. He loves his family and friends but doesn't mind stopping to have a cold craft beer that makes him late for important events, ahhhhhh. He too is a hop head but since joining The BeerCritic has expanded his beer horizons, along with his belly, and truly enjoys the different tastes and styles the beer crafters have created. Beer is proof that God loves us. Cheers

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