Who would have thought that a bicycle ride through a few beer brewing European villages would be the leading inspiration for one of the largest breweries in the United States? Jeff Lebesch’s journey on his fat tire bicycle in 1989 motivated the creation of the New Belgium Brewing Company located in northern Fort Collins, Colorado. Designated “The Mothership” due to its focus on protecting Mother Earth, New Belgium prides itself on remaining environmentally conscious during its entire beer production process and desires enlightening consumers about the company’s environmental business decisions. This brewery offers consumers the chance to book a tour to learn more about the story behind the business, to view the production of world-class beers, and to sample original, seasonal, or brand new brews invented by fellow employees. The tour is free and available for sign-up during New Belgium’s hours of business, which is Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
After the tour, feel free to take a seat at the bar or at any of the open tables located in the brewery and test out some more of the in-house crafted brews. If you are looking to make a contribution to protecting the environment as well, ride your bicycle to The Mothership and become immersed in Jeff Lebesch’s world. There is no better way of feeling like a young adult then hopping on a bicycle and spending the day sampling word-class beers with family and friends!
P.S. Be sure to slip down the slide at the very end of the tour! So much fun 🙂