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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Beer: Fat Tire finally rolls into D.C. market

By Greg Kitsock
new belgium fat tire_opt.jpg Fat = happy. (Photo courtesy of New Belgium)

New Belgium Brewing Co
. announced yesterday that its Fat Tire Amber Ale -- perhaps the most requested brand that's not currently sold in D.C. -- will finally become available in the District, Maryland and Virginia in September.

New Belgium -- the third largest craft brewer in the United States after Boston Beer Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. -- has yet to determine who will distribute its beer locally or what product mix will be shipped here. “The rumor mill was cranking up, and we wanted to get something out,” said Bryan Simpson, the company’s media relations director, of the announcement.

However, Simpson said that Fat Tire will most likely be available here in kegs and bottles, though not in cans, at least not initially. “Ranger IPA will probably be in the mix,” he added, along with a wheat beer (either Sunshine Wheat or Mothership Wit), possibly the 1554 Enlightened Black Ale and the fall seasonal, Hoptober Golden Ale, a hoppy pale ale brewed with rye and oats.

New Belgium presently markets its beers in 26 states. In 2010, according to Simpson, the brewery produced “a little over 660,000 barrels,” up around 12 percent over the previous year.

By Greg Kitsock  | January 26, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
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Cans, seriously! Standards people... go for the Keg!


Posted by: FrankM73 | January 26, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Great Beer I used to drink it when it was a micro brew out of Ft. Collins CO 10 years ago

Posted by: scootab22 | January 26, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Eh. Let me know when AleSmith arrives.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | January 26, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Meh. I was underwhelmed after finally trying the beer last time I was in SC last year. We have so many better beers already in the area. I do look forward to trying some of their other beers besides Fat Tire, though. I'm always happy to hear about new breweries distributing in the region.

Posted by: DrBeaker | January 26, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Cans, seriously? Yes, seriously. There are excellent microbreweries out there that ship cans. Ever drink Oskar Blues or 21st Amendment?

Posted by: momos10110 | January 29, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

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