Maryland Blogger: Blogging Beverage: New Belgium 1554 Black Lager

Blogging Beverage: New Belgium 1554 Black Lager

Blogging Beverage: New Belgium 1554 Black Lager 


Colorado blogger Debbie Laity has encouraged me to try some of the wonderful craft beers brewed in Colorado. New Belgium 1554 Black Lager by New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, Colorado is one of my new favorites and I recommend it to you.


Bornof a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 BLACK LAGER BEER usesa lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer canbe. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher,Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert,traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their firstchallenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement,but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554,a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

1554 Black Lager beer


Photograph by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Photograph by Roy Kelley

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 19 commentsRoy Kelley • August 15 2015 10:52AM


I need to check that beer out and see if it is in my area.

By the way...nice pic!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 4 years ago

I would live to sit down with you and Debbie Laity and try a New Belgium Lager.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 4 years ago


Noah Seidenberg has a great idea, maybe we could have a beer meetup with all beer lovers.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 4 years ago

I'm glad you like this beer, Roy. New Beligum makes some wonderful beers. Try their whole line.

Did I send this one?

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 4 years ago

What a beautiful photo.. I'm not much of a beer drinker but I am do make country farm wines and bottle them.  

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 4 years ago

Judi K Barrett 

Maybe we need a country farm wine tasting MeetUp.  I expect that most of the members of ActiveRain have not yet visited Idabel.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Debbie Laity 

Sampling the whole line of New Belgium beers looks like a great project.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Looks like an interesting brew, Roy!  I tend to get into a rut and stay with the same beers, until they give me reason not to.  I probably should change that!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 4 years ago

This is one I have actually tried Roy Kelley ....You know I am big on craft beers and this is one all beer lovers should try!


Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 4 years ago

Hi Roy Kelley ,  I bet is is a good one.  I prefer a Lager over the others.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Ha Ha good girl I have had this one and agree its good!

Glad you enjoyed it Roy Kelley

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) almost 4 years ago

Thanks Roy.  I get to see a gorgeous flower this morning and learn about a new brew!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 4 years ago

Not being a beer drinker, I can't appreciate any beer, even craft beer (and Charlotte is now a huge craft beer center), but I do appreciate the picture of the gorgeous flower.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) almost 4 years ago

I love Belgium beer.  Can't say more about that subject.  But, the flower!!  I do a lot of photography, but not macro.  That is a spectacular shot of the flower.  I am curious ... did you use HDR?  The colors are vibrant, so settings had to be perfect if not HDR.  Last question.  Was this shot with a special macro lens?  Rick

Posted by Rick Frissell, aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate" (HomeXpress Realty) almost 4 years ago

Rick Frissell 

No special settings were used for this photograph. I usually leave the camera on automatic when photographing flowers. No special macro lens. I do have lots of practice because I regularly photograph flowers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Debbie Laity 

This selection was not in the package you sent. We have not yet tried your selections.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Roy, Black Belgium Lager sounds really good to me. Thanks for the tip. Happy B-day  Roy again.. 

Posted by Robert Bob Gilbert, Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties) almost 4 years ago

Thanks for the birthday wishes. Have a great evening.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

Good Monday morning to all. We had a beautiful weekend and the nice weather continues today in Maryland. Have a most productive week!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago