Monday, May 18, 2015

New Belgium’s 2015 Clips Beer and Film Tour

Like most kids, movies had a major influence on my childhood.  Whether I was in the backyard trying to destroy the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, chasing my sister around the house while sporting a fake green nose and orange bandana armed with nun chucks or battling Big Boy Caprice and his mob with a fake tommy gun, movies helped shape my imagination and probably had my parents asking themselves if something was wrong with me on a few occasions.

While I may not have pursued a career in film making, thousands of other people find inspiration when they see these adventures unfold on the silver screen and use film as an outlet to tell their own stories.   In an effort to continue to promote and encourage people to pursue film, New Belgium Brewing will be taking their Clips Beer and Film Tour on the road for the sixth consecutive year.

This Thursday May 21st from 7:00pm-10:30pm, New Belgium will be making a stop at Theis Park in Kansas City for their annual Clips Beer and Film Tour.  Admission is free for this event and all ages are welcome.  

New Belgium describes the annual event as, “a beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show going coast-to-coast hitting 21 cities in its sixth year with 100 percent of the proceeds from beer sales benefiting local nonprofits.  Since its inception in 2010, Clips has raised more than $520,000 for nonprofits nationwide.  In addition to the beers and films, each tour stop features local food vendors and a waste team who is tasked with diverting as much waste from our landfills as possible.”

Each year New Belgium hand selects approximately 15 films from over 100 submissions to feature on the tour.  New Belgium explains this year’s films will, “touch on diverse topics – outdoor adventure, environmental activism, comedy, art, craft beer and more.  All films last under five minutes.  Our selected filmmakers come from all walks of life, from basement hobbyists to professional feature-length directors.”  Each film will be projected on a giant 30 foot inflatable movie screen, so there will not be a bad seat in the house.

Now you know if New Belgium is in town, they certainly are not coming empty-handed.  In addition to bringing some of their core and seasonal lineup of beers, New Belgium will also be offering some of their more limited beers from the Lips of Faith series along with Film Noir Stout, which will only be available at this event.  New Belgium describes Film Noir Stout as, “a caramel, chocolate, vanilla, milk, imperial milk stout.  Only one keg of this big, malty, roasty brew will be available.  Film Noir is basically a milk dud in beer form....no.....an EPIC milk dud in beer form.”

 
The tentative beer list for the evening looks like this:

Film Noir Stout
Cocoa Mole
La Folie
Oatmeal IPA
Pear Ginger Beer
Rampant Imperial IPA
Skinny Dip
Somersault
Transatlantique Kriek
Trippel
1554
Blue Paddle
Fat Tire
Ranger IPA
Shift
Slow Ride Session IPA
Snapshot Wheat

Beers will be sold in 3 ounce samples for $1.50 or 12 ounce pours for $6.00.  One hundred percent of the proceeds from beer sales will benefit BikeWalkKC which is a member-supported nonprofit organization that works to make Greater Kansas City a safer and more accessible place to walk, bicycle, live, work and play.

Clips Beer and Film Tour event pages can be found and shared on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/newbelgium/events.   The Clips Beer and Film Tour is also active on Instagram @clipsbeerandfilmtour #clipstour.




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