Wednesday morning Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing announced they have teamed up with St. Petersburg-based Cycle Brewing for Beers with Vrienden to create Of Snow and Sand, a toasted coconut Baltic porter.
Doug Dozark, Cycle Brewing’s owner and brewmaster will join New Belgium’s Ross Koenigs, employee owner and pilot brewer, in Ft. Collins, Colo. for the official Of Snow and Sand brew day on January 15, 2016.
“Our logos both have the beloved bike on them, so it was only a matter of time before we had to get together and brew,” said Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s specialty brand manager and blender. “What we’ve created for this first collaboration beer is something that’s a winter-ready porter built for the beach. The white caps of the Rockies are our playground in the winter, but sometimes we can’t help but dream of the sand and so this beer merges our worlds.”
About Of Snow and Sand: A tropical twist thanks to a dose of experimental hop HBC 472, which offers a breezy coconut aroma, plus the addition of hand-toasted coconut. The complex malt line-up includes Maris Otter, Black Prinz, Honey and Caramel malt. At 8.3% ABV and 38 IBUs, Of Snow and Sand is hearty enough to enjoy in the winter, yet also great to take along to the beach.
Cycle Brewing will hold a release party in St. Petersburg for Of Snow and Sand from February 18-21, followed by a second brew date Of Snow and Sand on February 19.