About a year and a half ago... in February, 2009... I put this up:
This is why I sometimes wish I lived in Colorado... and one of the better things I've ever read about Valentines Day (apropos of nothing):
New Belgium Brewing’s Dark Kriek is a limited edition Belgian kriek or cherry beer. Much darker than a traditional kriek with a dash of sour cherry up front, our Dark Kriek is actually a blend of two beers. We start with a light, dry, tannic beer aged two years in oak barrels and combine this with a heavier, dark ale and cherries to create one smooth cherry blast of love. 8% ABV
We no longer have to worry about all that danged snow as we enjoy a Lips of Faith. Witness:But then again... Colorado has all that danged snow. Never mind. Priorities, yanno.(ed note: "share the love" is rather limited... from a New Belgium Tweet: "lowdown on location for Dark Kriek (cases by state) CO 500, CA 500, WA 150, OR 150, IL 25 - and 25 cases to our Liquid Center")
Lips of Faith, accompanied by an Acid Opulence 3
Apparently New Belgium has broadened their distribution channels this year; I picked up a couple of these 22-ouncers out at the Class VI Store earlier today. A full verdict will be forthcoming but my initial impressions... after a couple o' sips... are good. The cherry flavor is pronounced but in an oh-so-good sorta way. This beer is more like a fine red wine than the run o' the mill brewery output. And the deep dark red color is magnificent in the sunlight!
So it's back outside to continue as we've begun.