Twenty-five years ago Jeff Lebesch, fresh off a bike trip through Belgium, released what has become one of America’s most iconic craft beers, Fat Tire Amber Ale. Since then, this classic craft brew has become New Belgium Brewing’s flagship beer and inspired countless enthusiasts to open their own craft breweries. Now, for their 25th anniversary, New Belgium has gotten together with some of the brewers they’ve influenced to commemorate the occasion with a Fat Tire and Friends CollaBEERation Pack. Learn more below, then grab yourself a sixer!
New Belgium Fat Tire Ale
The original Fat Tire was inspired by Jeff Lebesch’s bike ride through Belgium, where he learned about Belgian Beers and their broad scope of tastes. Armed with this knowledge, Lebesch created a well-balanced ale that combines toasty biscuity flavors with the perfect amount of hoppiness.
Allagash Fat Funk Ale
Taking Fat Tire back to its roots, this version incorporates De Dolle house Belgian yeast and is later bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces Allagagensis yeast. This combination creates a sweet tartness with notes of pear and banana and a bit of spice on the finish.
Avery Brewing Fat Wild Ale
This fellow Colorado brewery brought in a touch of the tropics with their version of Fat Tire. Adding a large dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis Drie makes for a very fruit-forward beer with notes of apricot and pineapple and a slightly sour finish.
Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale
Coming from California, Firestone’s rendition of Fat Tire is, naturally, quite hoppy. Brewed with a good amount of hops and lager yeast, this amber lager is malty sweet with subtle lingering bitterness.
Hopworks Urban Brewery Fat Sour Apple Ale
HUB’s sour interpretation of Fat Tire offers one hell of a ride… to go apple picking. Thanks to Lactobacillus and apple juice, the taste is initially sweet and tart but then balances out with Fat Tire’s traditionally malty goodness.
Rhinegeist Brewery Fat Pale Ale
Rhinegeist’s Belgian XPA is a unique take on the traditional Fat Tire that is brewed with a mix of Belgian yeast and European and Colorado malts. This combination perfectly marries sweet fruitiness with toasted malt flavors—it’s hoppy and wine like with subtle notes of whiskey.