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And the Valley Drinks: New Belgium + Ben & Jerry's Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale

A very nice session ale to enjoy as the Tigers roll in the recruits tomorrow.


New Belgium Brewing out of Colorado (fantastic beer state, btw) is has become a fairly ubiquitous craft outlet, and while most of their usual offerings are certainly solid, they're just kind of meh for thing. Don't get me wrong, Fat Tire is a perfectly good amber that I don't mind drinking, it's just never been something that I really seek out, you know? If it's the best thing that's on tap, that's fine, but when I'm out for a six pack it's rarely something I'm going to pick out over Abita or NOLA.

That said, their seasonal offerings and specialty beers, particularly the Lips of Faith series, have been consistently excellent in my experience. When I came upon this special project, I was just intrigued enough to give a sixer a try.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream beer. Our newest collaboration with Ben & Jerry's brings together two different types of pint-makers for one common goal: To help Protect Our Winters combat climate change. When two foodie B Corps join forces for good, delicious ideas are created. Our Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale scoops the lip-smacking fun of dessert from a bowl right into your pint glass. Brewed with specialty ingredients and a healthy sweet tooth, this beer's rich chocolaty, salted-caramel, vanilla goodness is worth savoring to the last drop. Reward yourself, and dig in!


You know, when you hear "salted caramel brownie" with a beer, you imagine it will be super sweet and rich, and that was not the case at all here. The bouquet has that malty sweetness, with just a hint of salt, so it kind of fools you as well. But honestly, this was a fine session brown ale -- if you're a fan of an English brown like Newcastle or NOLA's Brown Ale, you'll like this. There's a little bit of caramel, and you get a hint of the salt in that it wakes the flavors up, but it's never particularly sweet. There's just enough hops to cut that a bit. 6.3 percent alcohol-by-volume. I give this a strong 4/5 stars, and definitely recommend that you pick up.