New Belgium Brewing Co, Inc.

Belgian Inspired Ales

Fort Collins, Colorado

United States

About New Belgium Brewing

Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winning beers, is the third-largest craft brewer in the country. Co-Founder, Kim Jordan, a former social worker and now CEO of New Belgium, has made social responsibility an important part of the brewery’s mission. Inspired by a bike trip through Belgium, New Belgium first began operations in 1991, with the vision of making world-class beers while minimizing its environmental footprint.

At New Belgium Brewing we have long considered the environment, our community and our co-workers as integral shareholders. We recently became a 100% employee-owned company and we see becoming a Certified B Corp as going hand in hand with that ethos. Together, the two structures will allow us to maintain the utmost control over our vision and future. 

New Belgium currently produces nine year-round beers: Fat Tire Amber Ale; Ranger India Pale Ale; Rampant Imperial IPA; Sunshine Wheat; Blue Paddle Pilsener; 1554 Black Ale; Abbey Belgian Style Ale (a dubbel); Trippel and Shift Pale Lager. A seasonal release program of beers further contributes to a creative and dynamic portfolio. New Belgium Brewing also explore esoteric styles through its Lips of Faith Program, producing beers like La Folie, a sour brown ale aged up to three years in French Oak.

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New Belgium’s commitment to producing world class beers, environmental stewardship and social responsibility are laid out in its core values and beliefs:

  • New Belgium’s commitment to producing world class beers, environmental stewardship and social responsibility are laid out in its core values and beliefs:
  • Producing world-class beers
  • Promoting beer culture and the responsible enjoyment of beer
  • Continuous, innovative quality and efficiency improvements
  • Transcending customer’s expectations
  • Environmental stewardship: minimizing resource consumption, maximizing energy efficiency and recycling
  • Kindling social, environmental and cultural change as business role model
  • Cultivating potential through learning, participative management and the pursuit of opportunities
  • Balancing the myriad needs of the company, staff and their families
  • Committing ourselves to authentic relationships, communications and promises
  • Having fun

The Change We Seek™

In becoming a Certified B Corporation, New Belgium Brewing hopes to set an example for good corporate role models who consider people and the planet, in addition to profits when making strategic decisions. They are committed to brewing world-class beers in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible fashion. 

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What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

January 2013

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: 100% employee-owned; >80% of health insurance premiums paid to full time employees; Offers Flex-time schedules and telecommuting to employees

Community: Donates $1 for every barrel of beer produced to non-profit organizations; Offers paid time-off for community service; Gives 5-9% of profits to charity

Environment: Monitors and records energy usage, waste production and emissions, and has specific reduction targets; 99.9% of solid wastes from manufacturing process are recycled, reused or composted

New Belgium Disclosure Questionnaire 

2014 Best for the World Environment