Beer of the Week: New Belgium’s Ales for ALS

New Belgium Ales for ALS with shrimp and gritsOn Tuesday of this week, Feasting Fort Collins and I attended the New Belgium beer pairing dinner at d’Vine bistro.  This may surprise you, but this was the first local beer pairing dinner that I’ve attended.  The event was very well run and a huge credit to the staff at D’vine for being engaging with the diners and making sure everyone was taken care of.

I also really appreciated the fact that all of the New Belgium staff who attended made sure to walk around and chat with all of the diners. I’ve been to many beer related events where the brewery reps don’t walk around and chat folks up.  Instead they stay in a corner and only talk to their coworkers.  The New Belgium staff was very welcoming and outgoing.

There was one beer included in the dinner that I had not had before, New Belgium’s Ales for ALS.  The rep who was talking about this beer mentioned that they were going for a darker saison style beer.  I’m a saison snob so this beer had my attention.  It was on the darker side but had sweet malt notes with just a hint of saison funk on the end.  Nothing over the top, the contrasting flavors of this beer balanced out and made for a really fresh tasting black saison.

This was with the third course, which was jumbo shrimp and grits with a Blue Paddle beer blanc.  It paired really nicely with that offering. (Click on the picture to it full size)

The rest of the pairings were:

  • First Course: Blue Paddle with Reuben Eggrolls and Fig, Honey, and Goat Cheese Beignets.
  • Second Course: Accumulation with an Arugula, Orange, Fennel salad dressed with Accumulation Vinaigrette along with some Elk Tar-Tar.
  • Fourth Course: La Folie with Pistachio and Apricot Sausage wrapped in Housemade Brioche with a side of Sweet Potato Puree and Hazel Dell Mushroom Sauce.
  • Fifth Course: Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout with Salted Chocolate Mousse and Drunken Cherries.

Because I had not had the Ales For ALS before and it surprised me with its style and taste, it makes this week’s beer of the week!



In Town:

$3 Accumulation pints and contests at New Belgium today.

Fort Collins Brewery is tapping Imperial Ginger IPA and Not Yer Cousin’s Common.

5pm Snowbank taps their latest collab with Nuance Chocolate, Gingerbread Chocolate Porter.

Out of Town:

Firkin Friday at Grimm Brothers with Garlic Rosemary Red Cap.

5pm Firkin Friday at Berthoud Brewing with Sour Apple Ale.


10:30am Beer Brunch at Moot House with Grimm Brothers, 5courses-6beers $29.95/tix

3rd Anniversary party for Cranknstein, events all day, special beers tapping in the evening.


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Author:Andrea Ratulowski

Andrea Ratulowski is a long time blogger over at Food Embrace. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves great food and feels that beer is always the right choice.