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Title: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on November 12, 2010, 10:40:27 pm
Well this seasonal is back on the shelves here and dang I like this beer.
I will stock up on it and hoard it because the season will soon be gone.
I dig the flavor of the Sterling Hops in this beer.  Recommend if you have it
available in your vicinity.  all ten of my thumbs point skyward
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: corkybstewart on November 12, 2010, 10:52:45 pm
I really love it on tap the rare times I get out of the house to drink.  I saw it at the grocery store today, I may buy some tomorrow and see how it is in bottles.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: euge on November 13, 2010, 12:40:22 am
Oh? I've seen it on the shelves before. Will look for it. Got a description?
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on November 13, 2010, 07:33:48 am
Oh? I've seen it on the shelves before. Will look for it. Got a description?
Best I can tell you Euge, (my taste budz are untrained) It is like a fat tire with hops
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on May 20, 2011, 11:55:20 pm
Did I mention I REALLY like this beer and am so glad I put back some
for the off season.... ;D
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: pinnah on May 21, 2011, 08:28:05 am
 :o Man, I am amazed at your ability to hide beer!

Although, having some of that on hand seems appropriate
given the weather this "spring"  ::)

How does it age?
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on May 21, 2011, 08:31:39 am
Not keeping it more than 6 months....It tastes like 2 below even in the summer.
Yeah you are right this weather is strangely like N. west coast  weather.
I only have 10 bottles left. and then I have 11 bottles of Mighty Arrow...
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: pinnah on May 21, 2011, 08:33:26 am
Hmmmm, I really liked the Arrow as well. 
Dang, enjoy.  Spring really is coming....
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on June 20, 2011, 04:40:43 pm
Did I mention I REALLY like this beer and am so glad I put back some
for the off season.... ;D

Had a bottle of my stash today, BTW, I REALLY like this beer..... 8)
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on July 04, 2011, 03:43:58 pm
I really like a Nice cold 2 Below on a hot 4th of July. Did I say I really like this Beer ???
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: euge on July 04, 2011, 09:20:36 pm
I really like a Nice cold 2 Below on a hot 4th of July. Did I say I really like this Beer ???

Yes... 8)
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on July 04, 2011, 09:36:39 pm
Well I suppose I did, but just maybe it is the Sterling Hops that I like..... ??? :o
Anyway I really like this beer
(http://www.drunkmansguide.com/images/drinks/2below.jpg)
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: pinnah on July 28, 2011, 04:00:51 pm
Word in the CO beer distribution scene is that the 2 Below is gone.  Yep.  Discontinued.

You certainly gave up the valiant fight. ;D

I will have at least one fond memory of it.
On tap at Billy Goat Gruffs.  Hells yes.

What will they sub as a winter ale?
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: ghumphrey on July 28, 2011, 04:41:43 pm
Word in the CO beer distribution scene is that the 2 Below is gone.  Yep.  Discontinued.

You certainly gave up the valiant fight. ;D

I will have at least one fond memory of it.
On tap at Billy Goat Gruffs.  Hells yes.

What will they sub as a winter ale?

Well, if that's true, luckily you can make it yourself! A friend of mine made a clone that was nearly spot on - all gleaned only from info on the NB website (nice Walt!). Check it out:

http://logs.rhbc.co/index.php?page=recipeDetail&filter=wchleva&id=125

Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on July 28, 2011, 05:19:02 pm
I still have a few bottles...will they go up in value?   :-\

Gawd I hope you are wrong Pinnah...that is one great brew I will have to lobby
my cause to Peter.

Edit: just goes to show, If I like it and it works for me....It's going away... :(

Re-Edit: Confirmed with a communique from the Brewery PR ppl.  2 Below is History
replaced with a "Similar" thing.....grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on August 26, 2011, 10:26:31 am
Did I say how much I like this beer??  Well that figgers cause if it is good
and I like it I can pretty much guarantee it will disappear offa the shelves.

I have 3 Bottles Left......sigh
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on September 22, 2011, 10:48:45 am
Bump:
One of what could possibly be the LAST 3 bottles went into the refridgerator as staging
for a liquid recycling adventure.  This night after werk that adventure is planned
.....leaving what could be the LAST 2 bottles on the planet of this fine ale.... remaining....

Proof positive that if I like it and it does well by me, that it is prolly going to go away. No matter
what IT may be.... >:(
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: euge on September 22, 2011, 11:16:36 am
Thought I just saw some on the shelves recently. ???
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on September 22, 2011, 11:24:36 am
Thought I just saw some on the shelves recently. ???
End of the last production run? Last Winter?  Or perhaps my pleading was heard?
Probably not the latter............................................... ::)
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: bluesman on September 22, 2011, 03:34:28 pm
Haven't seen this beer yet...but I'll look for it the next chance I can get. Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: Rhoobarb on September 23, 2011, 12:55:06 pm
I have a buddy who loves the stuff, too.  I never had one.  Fortunately, the info is still available on their website.  Might have to try and BYO this myself.

http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/detail.aspx?id=72e160e8-35a6-49d0-86ed-b2da350185ae
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: BrewingRover on December 21, 2013, 08:20:03 am
*bump*

The NB web site says this will be in the Folly Packs as the revival beer this winter.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: 1vertical on December 21, 2013, 08:59:05 am
*bump*

The NB web site says this will be in the Folly Packs as the revival beer this winter.
Which makes me wonder if it is back in production or just being rotated into sales from some warehouse ???
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: Iliff Ave on December 21, 2013, 11:54:28 am
*bump*

The NB web site says this will be in the Folly Packs as the revival beer this winter.
Which makes me wonder if it is back in production or just being rotated into sales from some warehouse ???

It's part of their revival series so it won't be around long. They have discontinued so many beers that this is a way to get them back out a bit. I wish they would decide on consistent seasonals. I don't understand the idea of continually changing everything. Personally I anticipate the yearly release of certain beers
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: BrewingRover on December 21, 2013, 04:53:13 pm
*bump*

The NB web site says this will be in the Folly Packs as the revival beer this winter.
Which makes me wonder if it is back in production or just being rotated into sales from some warehouse ???
I saw it at the grocery store today. I'm guessing it's new production, unlike the Sierra Nevada Summerfest next to it  :-\ I should rat out their distributor.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: reverseapachemaster on December 23, 2013, 07:52:43 am
It's new production on each of the retired seasonal brew going into the folly packs. NB rotates in new seasonals every two years. It's not an indecision thing, it's an intentional way of introducing change into their regular lineup without disturbing their core products. I'm not sure how long they are going to continue producing the folly packs with bottles of the retired seasonals but that is the plan for now.

FWIW I thought 2 Below was the best winter seasonal and wish they would keep it as a regular winter offering, too.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: el_capitan on January 13, 2014, 07:26:49 pm

Well, if that's true, luckily you can make it yourself! A friend of mine made a clone that was nearly spot on - all gleaned only from info on the NB website (nice Walt!). Check it out:

http://logs.rockhoppersbrewclub.com/index.php?page=recipeDetail&filter=wchleva&id=125

Your link is broken, which is really too bad.  I also really liked the 2 Below.  I grow Sterling hops, so I'd like to check out this recipe. 
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: pinnah on January 14, 2014, 06:48:51 am
I have never bought a mixed 12 pack...until now.
Freaking marketing strategy... ;)  I got 4 two belows out of it.  Not quite as good as I remembered, but I enjoyed.

Those fat tires are going to sit in the fridge until some unsuspecting swill drinker comes along. ::)
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: klickitat jim on January 14, 2014, 07:04:24 am
I reserve the word swill for a select few. I'm not a Fat Tire lover, but I've tasted much worse.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: Joe Sr. on January 14, 2014, 09:31:30 am
I reserve the word swill for a select few. I'm not a Fat Tire lover, but I've tasted much worse.

Maybe not swill, but I'd take an Old Style over a Fat Tire.  I have never been able to figure out what's appealing about that beer.  It may be the reason I won't buy the Folly Pack.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: pinnah on January 14, 2014, 10:02:00 am
I reserve the word swill for a select few. I'm not a Fat Tire lover, but I've tasted much worse.

Heh.  Did not mean to imply that Fat Tire was swill....just that I would save it until a swill drinker came by. ;)

There are some Coors original in there as well...I bet that fat tire lasts longer! 
Joe..on a side note, there are only 2 fat tires in that Folly pack.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: coastsidemike on January 14, 2014, 10:22:26 am

Well, if that's true, luckily you can make it yourself! A friend of mine made a clone that was nearly spot on - all gleaned only from info on the NB website (nice Walt!). Check it out:

http://logs.rockhoppersbrewclub.com/index.php?page=recipeDetail&filter=wchleva&id=125

Your link is broken, which is really too bad.  I also really liked the 2 Below.  I grow Sterling hops, so I'd like to check out this recipe.

With that recipe, the malt bill does not match N.B.s.  Kinda bummed I can't find 2-Below in SF.

Regarding Fat Tire being decent or not - isn't that a good BJCP American Amber Ale example?

Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: Joe Sr. on January 14, 2014, 11:38:42 am
I reserve the word swill for a select few. I'm not a Fat Tire lover, but I've tasted much worse.

Heh.  Did not mean to imply that Fat Tire was swill....just that I would save it until a swill drinker came by. ;)

There are some Coors original in there as well...I bet that fat tire lasts longer! 
Joe..on a side note, there are only 2 fat tires in that Folly pack.

I was at a buddy's house a week or so ago and he had a Folly Pack in the fridge.  It was almost a race to see who had to drink the Fat Tire.  Not really, but everything else went first.

It may be a good example of an American Amber Ale which just means that's not a style I care for.  I will admit that my style preferences are limited and I deviate rarely.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: Iliff Ave on January 14, 2014, 11:41:24 am
2 Below always reminded me of a hoppier, more alcoholic version of Fat Tire. It looks like they both have a lot of the same ingredients including Victory malt which would explain it. I am surprised at those who would really like one but not the other. I guess my palate just thinks they are similar. I don't love Fat Tire by any means but would drink it over any schwill...

Not a big fan of a lot of mixed packs. I usually buy them for one beer which is not a year round release then there is at least one "flagship" type that I don't really care for.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: riceral on January 14, 2014, 11:46:42 am

Well, if that's true, luckily you can make it yourself! A friend of mine made a clone that was nearly spot on - all gleaned only from info on the NB website (nice Walt!). Check it out:

http://logs.rockhoppersbrewclub.com/index.php?page=recipeDetail&filter=wchleva&id=125

Your link is broken, which is really too bad.  I also really liked the 2 Below.  I grow Sterling hops, so I'd like to check out this recipe.

Here's a clone I found online: http://logs.rhbc.co/index.php?page=recipeDetail&filter=wchleva&id=125

I can't say how close it comes to the NB brew as I have never brewed this.
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: Iliff Ave on January 14, 2014, 11:51:14 am
I would probably start with what they have listed on their website...seems a bit different than the recipe.

ABV 6.6%
IBU 32
Yeast Ale Yeast
Calories 200
Hops Target, Sterling, Liberty
Malts Pale, Munich, Caramel, C-80, Carapils, Victory

For anyone who is interested, they are releasing a new year round beer soon. It is a blended sour wheat beer from what I hear. NB is usually hit and miss with me...
Title: Re: 2 Below by New Belgium
Post by: HoosierBrew on January 14, 2014, 12:15:09 pm

 NB is usually hit and miss with me...


+1.  More miss than hit IMO.