New Belgium Brewing's Springboard Returns for Sophomore Year
Spring Seasonal Hitting the Shelves Again, including New Markets
Fort Collins, CO – Springboard, New Belgium Brewing’s spring seasonal, welcomes back the warmer months for its second year. Beer lovers embraced its unique ingredients and full-bodied appeal in its 2007 debut across the west, and will be entering Illinois and Minnesota this season. Also new this year, New Belgium purchased six new French oak foeders (vintner barrels) as the Springboard uses a splash of wood-conditioned ale.
Springboard offers ancient Chinese herbs, berry-like tones, and a dry, crisp finale. It’s partially filtered, resulting in a cloudy blonde appearance and moderate body.
Springboard introduces a combination of the following:
- Oats for a thicker, full-bodied mouth feel
- Ancient Chinese herbs including Schisandra (known for its complex tastes and medical uses), Goji berries and Wormwood (the spice, not distilled as in absinthe)
- Mt. Hood hops
- A dash of New Belgium’s own wood-aged biere.
“Springboard came out strong last year and really helped further our seasonal release program,” said Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “It’s a fun one to brew and does a nice job of celebrating the Belgian approach to finding inspiration in creative selection of ingredients.”
Springboard is available on draft and in bottles in most New Belgium markets from the end of February into April.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces seven year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com.