New Belgium Brewing Company

Jenna Nopper and Christian DeJesus

What is New Belgium Brewing?

-Located in Fort Collins, Colorado

-Founded in 1991 by husband and wife, Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan

-In 2011, it produced 712,800 barrels of its various labels

-457 employees in 2013

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Year-Round Beers

  • Fat Tire, an amber ale, New Belgium's flagship beer
  • Ranger IPA, an India pale ale (IPA)
  • Rampant Imperial IPA, an American double/imperial IPA
  • Shift Pale Lager, an American pale lager
  • Sunshine Wheat, an American-style wheat ale
  • 1554 Black Lager, a Belgian dark beer
  • Blue Paddle Pilsner, a Czech-style pilsener
  • Abbey Belgian Ale, an abbey dubbel beer
  • Trippel Belgian Style Ale, a Belgian-style tripel

What Makes New Belgium Brewing Environmentally Friendly?

-Use wind power

-Elects to pay an increased rate for their electrical energy, which is supplied by the City of Fort Collins Utilities to ensure it comes from the cleanest source possible

-About 10% of the brewery's power comes from methane gas created as a byproduct of their on-site water treatment plant

-Uses an energy-efficient kettle for the brewing process

-The Steinecker Merlin kettle heats twice as quickly by boiling thin sheets of wort in the entire kettle at once. This provides significant savings in natural gas consumption

Sustainable Economic Practices

-Use motion detectors to turn lights on and off

-Sells byproducts to farmers

-Have a biological waste water facility that creates water leftover from the brewing process