Looking back at a year of beer – Lips of Faith 2012

It’s been a wonderful year for New Belgium’s Lips of Faith; a series that has provided numerous  fruitful collaborations (pun slightly intended) with companion breweries. To end out the year, New Belgium announced last week the last two Lips of Faith beers for 2012: the Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout and the Biere de Garde – a collaboration with Michigan based Brewery Vivant, the brewery responsible for rich, Belgian-inspired beers.

The Imperial Chocolate Coffee Stout (would ICCS be a worthy acronym?) sounds like the perfect companion for a winter happy-hour – dark, thick, probably enjoyed slightly warm. New Belgium’s pronounced infatuation with Brewery Vivant promises to be something special. Both of these brews should be available on tap and in bombers starting November at select distribution areas.

What’s next for the Lips series? While exact details are best left to surprises, I have been informed of the following:

-another edition of the Transatlantique Kriek
– a collaboration with Du Dolle of Belgium
– a beer made from dandelions


What are your highlights for this year’s Lips of Faith?

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