Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Belgium Brewery meets Stumpjack Gelato

Just made a batch of New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale and Vanilla Gelato. New Belgium Brewing is the Colorado brewery, Fat Tire is the name of their flagship, and they have recently opened distribution into Wisconsin. Everyone around here thinks the name of the brewery is Fat Tire, so maybe we should just call tit Fat Tire Gelato, but we'll stay true to the brew and call it 1554 Enlightened Black Ale & Vanilla gelato. I like that you need to be 21 or older and show an ID to get some. And we do, of course, have 1554 and Fat Tire on hand in bottles as well.

Here's the script on the 1554 Black Ale from the New Belgium website:
Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a light lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

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