Warm fire, cold snowy day. Fat Tire Amber Ale. This refreshing malty brew from New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo., tastes wonderful after coming inside, sitting by the woodstove and thawing out on a blizzardy snow event. Beer really tastes good on cold, winter days. Beer Advocate, beeradvocate.com rates this American Amber at 82, which is in their Good and Try It range of the overall score of the beer. The rating goes from 0-100. According to the New Belgium Brewing website, www.newbelgium.com, the beer is named after the founders’ bike tour through Europe. The toasty flavor of this 5.2 percent ABV (alcohol by volume) beer is really nice. I’m a bike nut, so I’m a fan of anything bike related. I have had this beer on tap and in bottle and it always refreshes. The brewery is the third largest craft brewery in the U.S. and in 2011 produced 712,800 barrels of beer, according to Wikipedia.org.
— Rick Blanchard