2016 marks twenty-five years of brewing at New Belgium and they’ve turned to some of their friends to help them celebrate. New Belgium sports a broad portfolio of award-winning beers, but none is more iconic than their first. Fat Tire Amber Ale is the deliciously satisfying brew that put New Belgium on the map and now five iconic American craft breweries have reimagined this classic. All five of these riffs along with the original ale are available in this limited edition Collabeeration 12 Pack.  

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New Belgium Fat Tire Ale

In order to fully appreciate these unique reinterpretations we figured we should sample them alongside the classic. The nose is sweet with caramel and fruity notes reminiscent of granny smith apple. Definitely, a malt forward brew with just enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. This unique malt bill provides its famously biscuity finish.  

Allagash Fat Funk Ale

Allagash Brewing may be based out of Portland Maine, but they’re famous for producing Belgian-style ales that rival some of the best Belgium has to offer. Fat Funk is a celebration of Belgian yeast, with banana and clove esters dominating both the flavor and aroma. Bottle conditioning with Brettanomyces, adds a bit of that token funk and a nice peppery dry finish.  

Avery Fat Wild Ale

Also brewed with Brettanomyces, this version is less about the funk and more about the fruit. Avery has done an excellent job showcasing the unique tropical fruit character imparted by some strains of Brett. That fruitiness is artfully complemented by a nice hoppy finish.  

Hopworks Fat Sour Apple Ale

While both Allagash and Avery produced drier and even slightly tart ales, Hopworks bring some mouth puckering sour to the table. Brewed with lactobacillus and apple juice, this version of Fat Tire begins with some fruity sweetness but finishes nice and sour. Drinks like a Berliner Weisse with a shot of apple syrup.  

Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale

Closest in both appearance and aroma to the original Fat Tire, it wasn’t until we tried them side by side that we fully appreciated the differences. Whereas traditional Fat Tire has a very malty aroma, Rhinegeist incorporated a Belgian yeast which produced some subtle fruity notes. They also brought some hops to the table, producing a brew with a drier finish.  

Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale

Firestone Walker west-coastified Fat Tire and we were big fans of the results. The hop aroma is so fresh and piney it was like taking a walk between the hop vines. Bold hop flavors reminiscent of pine, guava and citrus make this one deliciously hoppy brew.   Check out the Beer Buzz for updates on new beer, tastings, sales and more!