Aren't journeys to find yourself supposed to be a daunting test of faith? Biking across Belgium and stopping at any brewery or pub that strikes your fancy, however, sounds more like an ideal Saturday afternoon than an epic quest. But after returning to America from his vision quest, Jeff Lebesch knew what he had to do: Brew beer in his basement. Sure, the beginnings of the New Belgium Brewery weren't exactly glamorous, but New Belgium Fat Tire took off in no time, and the company has been using that same spirit to brew a range of beers we'd happily bike around for.
Visit the New Belgium Brewery:
If you're in Colorado or North Carolina, don't miss a chance to tour the New Belgium Brewery and sample some of its distinct Belgium-inspired beers. The Colorado location is in Fort Collins, which is just up I-25 from Denver. The Liquid Center tasting room will make you feel like you've hopped a plane and landed in Belgium, and you won't want to leave until you've given every product a try. There's plenty of art, some hilarious storytelling and other activities. Tours last 90 minutes and start every half-hour.
You'll get the same treatment in Asheville, North Carolina, though you might get to sample other types of beers, depending on the time of year. Both locations feature gorgeous interior and exterior design as well as Lebesch's signature stamp on every beer.
Try New Belgium Brewery Beers:
If you've never visited Belgium, you might not know that beers from this corner of the world often taste richer than those from other places. Even if you can't visit the brewery in person, you can still sample some of their most popular beers from the comfort of your own home. Before you know it, you'll feel like a legitimate Belgian.
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