Enoteca – Fine Wine & Beer

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New Belgium

Dear Enotecans,

We’re hosting a New Belgium beer tasting on May 10th! Ely Johnson from New Belgium will be here to educate and share some delicious beers. We’ll be trying a handful of their beers including new releases! We’re tapping a very special keg of La Folie for this event, so bring your growlers to fill up. We will have a special growler fill price during the event only.

Tastings will be held at 5pm and 7pm. Each class is identical, and tickets for both are available exclusively through our website.

Get tickets for the 5pm Tasting here.

Get tickets for the 7pm Tasting here.

Note: Enoteca strives to bring you the best experience in wine and beer. Due to the popularity of our events we have had to change our policy on event tickets. Now you buy tickets online, just like concert tickets. They’re not yours until they’re paid for, and when we fill up, tickets are no longer available. Unfortunately we can no longer provide refunds FOR EVENTS. You will be emailed a receipt for your payment of the ticket, and you can print this for verification of the ticket.

Here’s what New Belgium is all about:

We’ll set the scene.
1989. Belgium. Boy on bike. (Ok, make that a young man of 32).

As our aspiring young homebrewer rides 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. For Jeff Lebesch would return to Fort Collins with a handful of ingredients and an imagination full of recipes.

And then there was beer.

Jeff’s first two basement-brewed creations? A brown dubbel with earthy undertones named Abbey and a remarkably well-balanced amber he named Fat Tire.  To say the rest was history would be to overlook his wife’s involvement. Kim Jordan was New Belgium’s first bottler, sales rep, distributor, marketer and financial planner.  And now, she’s our CEO.

Electrical engineer meets social worker; ideals flourish

The other side of the New Belgium story isn’t as romantic as bicycling through Europe, but it gives testament to our dedication and hard work. And it goes like this: Jeff, an electrical engineer by day and tinkerer by nature, builds a homebrewing kit in his basement out of repurposed dairy equipment. His Belgian inspired brews garnered enough praise from friends and neighbors that Jeff and Kim take their basement brewery commercial in 1991.

Kim, social worker by day and mother to two always, began the marketing process by knocking on their neighbor’s door. Anne Fitch was that neighbor and her watercolors are the artwork we continue to use on our labels today. With labeled bottles and local encouragement, the first Belgian-style beers brewed in the United States were officially for sale.

Bringing Peter Bouckaert, a Belgian Brewmaster working at Rodenbach, on in 1996 helped influence our love of sour beers. Moving forward, Peter would take the brewing reins as Jeff began pursuing other interests. In 2009, Jeff moved on completely and we have continued to flourish with Kim, Peter, and a team of dedicated employee-owners at the helm.

What else continues today?

The Core Values and Beliefs that Kim and Jeff built New Belgium Brewing Company on. Before they ever sold a bottle of beer, they hiked into Rocky Mountain National Park with a jug of home brew in one hand and pen and pad in the other. Together, they wrote down what they wanted to instill into this business dream of theirs.

Tastings will be held at 5pm and 7pm. Each class is identical, and tickets for both are available exclusively through our website.

Get tickets for the 5pm Tasting here.

Get tickets for the 7pm Tasting here.

Categories: Craft Beer

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