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NBB & Allagash collaborate.

New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, CO and Allagash Brewing of Portland, ME have announced the release of their collaboration ale, called Vrienden (Flemish for friends). Brewed with caramelized endive and hibiscus, Vrienden is inoculated with lacto bacillus and brettanomyces, creating a slightly sour beer with a floral nose and a dry finish.

"We wanted a very simple sour so as not to compete with the hibiscus," said New Belgium Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. "When we ran tests using our La Folie bretta, it was too intense and the hibiscus disappeared. The Allagash microbes bring just the right amount of sour and elevate the hibiscus notes where they belong."

Allagash founder Rob Tod and brewmaster Jason Perkins collaborated with New Belgium brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, and Assistant Brewmaster, Grady Hull, in Fort Collins last September.

Vrienden is available on draft and in 22oz. bottles now through February.
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Date:Dec 6, 2010
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