Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing, the country’s third largest craft brewing company (behind The Boston Beer Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company), is prolonging a fermentation-based fling with San Diego breweries via its Lips of Faith special release series of beers. Each quarter, the company puts out a pair of more out-there brews, sometimes crafted in collaboration with other breweries.
Last quarter, they worked with Tomme Arthur, director of brewery operations for San Marcos’ The Lost Abbey to create a new iteration of a brettanomyces-laced Belgian-style ale Arthur originally brewed at Pizza Port’s Solana Beach outlet called Mo’ Betta Bretta. That beer turned out nicely, but was a bit fruitier and less dry than the original. Normally, brett beers get drier and sharper on the palate with time. Unfortunately, due to the fact this beer was accidentally pasteurized, it will not mature with time and, therefore, is best drunk now.
This will also be the case with one of the upcoming Lips of Faith beers, a 70 IBU Super India Pale Ale brewed with San Diego cult favorite, Alpine Beer Company. This beer, made greenly aromatic and hoppy with the addition of Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe hops, will be available beginning this month, sharing space on shelves and tap towers with New Belgium’s other Lips of Faith newcomer, a bretty saison made with peaches, hominy grits, molasses, and lemon peel called Peach Porch Lounger.