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In its sixth fabulous year, Clips Beer and Film Tour is a beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show that's coming to 20 cities coast-to-coast, including Grand Rapids! New Belgium Brewing took their love for beer and film fans and put them together in this one-of-a-New-Belgium-kind event

Clips Beer + Film Tour Beer List

·         1554 Black Lager

o   Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Black Lager Beer uses a larger yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouth feel

·         Blue Paddle Pilsner

o   Climb on in and grab a paddle. Our first foray into lagers, Blue Paddle Pilsener-lager Beer is a Czech style Pilsener with a refreshing crispness from noble hops and a rich, malty finish.

·         Cocoa Mole Spiced Chocolate Porter

o   The cult classic returns! Chocolate, cinnamon and chilies combine for a sweet and spicy burst of fun in this Lips of Faith offering. Brewed with deep caramel and dark chocolate malts and a healthy dash of chocolate rye, Cocoa Molé pours midnight dark with a subtle reddish hue, lifting a pillowy burnished head.

·         Fat Tire Amber Ale

o   Named in honor of our co-founder's bike trip through Europe, Fat Tire Amber Ale marks a turning point in the young electrical engineer's home brewing. Fat Tire won fans with its sense of balance: toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors coasting in equilibrium with hoppy freshness. Fat Tire: Pairs well with people.

·         La Folie Sour Brown Ale*

o   La Folie is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. Pouring a deep mahogany, the mouthfeel will get you puckering while the smooth finish will get you smiling. Not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.

·         La Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale*

o   This beer may have more terroir (French for “from the terrain”) than your classiest wine. And with the hop burp, compliments of the dry-hopping, Le Terroir Hopped Sour Ale is definitely classy.

·         Pear Ginger Beer*

o   Mix your own adventure this summer with Pear Ginger Beer Our latest Lips of Faith release updates the Victorian-era ginger beer with whimsical additions of pear and lemon peel, creating a zesty, invigorating summer sipper crafted for beer glasses and mixologists’ cocktail shakers alike.

·         Rampant Imperial India Pale Ale

o   Burly and bitter, Rampant Imperial IPA, pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosaic and Calypso hops bring stonefruit to the front seat, and the addition of Centennials nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma.

·         Ranger India Pale Ale

o   Bring out the hops with Ranger IPA! It bursts out of the gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger.

·         Shift Pale Lager

o   easy to drink, crisp and congratulatory. So, clock out and crack open a Nelson Sauvin-hopped Shift Pale Lager to reward your work. Or play. Or, if you're like us, combine the two and surround yourself with drinking buddiesEasy to drink, crisp and congratulatory. So, clock out and crack open a Nelson Sauvin-hopped Shift Pale Lager to reward your work. Or play. Or, if you’re like us combine the two and surround yourself with drinking buddies.

·         Skinny Dip

o   Skinny Dip is a full-bodied, figure-friendly tribute to the lightly attired summer months. This guilt-free lager’s frisky character and sunny flavor make it the perfect choice for kick-starting seductive summer fun.

·         Slow Ride Session IPA

o   Kicking back and relaxing with a session beer requires little more than a couch, some free time, and a few pals. Slow Ride Session IPA is up for this easy-going challenge, starting with a pour of sheened gold and plenty of fluffy, white foam.

·         Snapshot Wheat Beer

o   Snap! You just captured an unfiltered wheat beer full of refreshment and a flash of tart at the finish. Smile-inducing aromas of citrus hops jump from the nose, accompanied by the sweetness of coriander and grains of paradise.

·         Somersault Ale

o   Back for 2015 in Bottle Folly Packs, Somersault Ale was designed to be a fun roll around on the tongue while requiring only the minimum of palate gymnastics. In other words, this perfect summer lounge around beer is ridiculously fun and easy to drink.

·         Transatlantique Kriek Ale

o   In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Old Beersel of Belgium have partnered to create Transatlantique Kriek, a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with sour cherries.

·         Trippel Ale

o   Our Trippel Belgian Style Ale (pronounced triple) opens with a bold blast of hops that slowly gives way to the fruity esters implied by our Belgian yeast strain. In the Belgian tradition of brewing singles, doubles and triples, Trippel is the strongest with the longest fermentation. Remarkably smooth and complex, our bottle-conditioned Trippel is spiced with a trace of coriander.

*Indicates that this is a Lips of Faith beer

List does not include specialty beer specific for Grand Rapids tour stop

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The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC) is proud to announce New Belgium Brewing Co. is partnering to bring the Clips Beer + Film Tour back to Grand Rapids.  This is the third year in a row that Clips has come to Grand Rapids.  This year it is being held on a Thursday, on June 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 pm at Ah-Nab-Awen Park.

The Clips Beer + Film Tour travels from coast-to-coast hitting only 20 cities. This beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting festival is in its 6th year and during that span has raised over $520,000 for local nonprofits. Clips is a free event and all proceeds from beer and raffle ticket sales benefit GGRBC’s Room to Ride campaign for 100 miles of bike lanes by the end of 2015. Raffle prizes include a New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire Cruiser (made by Felt) and an adventure bike built by Central District Cyclery with the frame donated by Twin Six and wheel set donated by Grand Rapid's Velocity.

Clips offers a unique setting for guests to sample a multitude of beers offered by New Belgium. There will be 16 different beers on tap, including brewery classics to hard to find options from the Lips of Faith series. New Belgium will also be releasing a one-stop-only beer for Grand Rapids this year. New Belgium beers will be available in 3-ounce samples or a 12-ounce pour.

This year, New Belgium has selected approximately 20 short films to be shown at Clips from over 100 fan-submitted entries. New Belgium is environmentally-conscious - since the beginning of the Clips Beer + Film Tour, they have diverted 85 percent of event waste from landfills. New Belgium has partnered with the local High Five Program to ensure a sustainable Grand Rapids tour stop. Complimentary bike valet service will be provided by GGRBC. Grand Rapids food trucks A Moveable Feast and Gettin Fresh will also be present. You may bring your blanket (or low chair), kids, dog and food. Please don't bring your own alcohol.

For updates and the latest information on the Clips Beer + Film Tour, visit the Grand Rapids Clips Beer and Film Tour Facebook page. For more information on New Belgium, visit 

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