New Belgium: Great place to make great beers

Thirst Colorado Team

It’s no secret to Coloradans that New Belgium Brewing is a great place. Combine a creative environment that thrives on employee input and you have the makings of employment nirvana.

Outside magazine listed New Belgium among its “Best Place to Work.” The Wall Street Journal also has listed the Fort Collins-based brewery among its “Best Small Businesses.”

In addition to free beer and a free bike after one year, Outside reports, “The 800 employees at this craft beer maker all have stakes in the company, not to mention access to an on-site gym, bike track, and foosball and ping-pong tables.”

New Belgium, the fourth largest craft brewer in the U.S., began selling commercially in 1991, launching the now-well-known Fat Tire amber ale.

One of its strengths is continually pushing to expand its variety of beers. New Belgium recently released its Accumulation, a white IPA, brewed with wheat and four hop varieties.

The Anne-Françoise Spiced Dark Strong Ale is a spiced strong ale and part of the New Belgium Lips of Faith Belgian-collaboration series.

Also in early December, the brewery will again release Clutch, a “darker than black” beer in the Lips of Faith series. The sour stout was created by New Belgium’s wood cellar team.

In addition to special releases, New Belgium pumps out 13 beers year-round.

“Progressive business practices like employee ownership and open book management enable our co-workers to share in the company’s success and in our challenges, pulling us together as a team and a family,” said Bryan Simpson, PR director for New Belgium and 19-year employee-owner. “It’s especially rewarding to see that the values that have driven us for the last 25 years continue to resonate with our co-workers and show results in the marketplace.”