I post this not knowing whether or not we will be getting this beer in Iowa, but I am assuming that we will since we have seen most of, if not all of, New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series beers. This one really has my attention as I have heard and read nothing but good things about Perennial and the name of the beer alone makes my mouth water. Here’s more on the beer courtesy of Feast Magazine written by Stacy McCann:
Perennial Artisan Ales has announced a collaboration with New Belgium Brewing out of Fort Collins, Colorado. The new edition, a Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, will be a part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series to be released later this year.
The collaboration itself, as Emily Wymore of Perennial explains, is the result of friendship. Lauren Salazar is the Wood Cellar and specialty brand manager at New Belgium as well as a good friend of the Perennial crew. Wymore explains that Salazar approached Perennial last year about brewing together for their Lips of Faith series, and Perennial was quick to accept with what Wymore describes as both honor and excitement.
Considering Perennial’s previous success with stouts, Salazar suggested they work together on “a stout with a twist.” Together, the two breweries decided on a Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout. According to Wymore, both breweries then brewed a test batch and decided on a final recipe, which co-founder Phil Wymore and head brewer Cory King will brew alongside New Belgium staff this August in Fort Collins. In addition, Salazar will join Perennial in October to celebrate their third anniversary and brew the collaboration on Perennial’s own system.
Wymore and the Perennial crew see this opportunity as unlike many they’ve come across, especially considering the vast reach of the New Belgium audience.
“To give this project scale,” explains Wymore, “the volume produced by New Belgium of this beer alone will be more than Perennial produces in a year.”