Fat Tire Just Got a Rebrand, and the Internet Has Thoughts


New Belgium Brewing debuted a rebrand of its classic Fat Tire ale this week, and naturally, beer enthusiasts have feelings about it.

The new 12-ounce can design features a vintage illustration of a mountain and red sun, enveloped by a blue ring that includes details about the beer. In addition to the packaging design change, the beer’s formula was slightly tweaked. It’s the first time in over 30 years that the brand has changed its classic recipe, according to a Jan. 17 press release.

New Belgium claims the new Fat Tire is “crisper” and “brighter” than before. It features a medium body and flavors of caramel with light bitterness, according to the brand’s tasting notes.

While the brand has undergone several label changes in the past three decades, the most recent label was more colorful: It depicts a thick red and blue stripe framing a simple illustration of a bicycle. It included a simple “amber ale” descriptor at bottom, whereas the new can simply reads “ale.”

To announce the drop of the new branding and formula, Fat Tire earnestly tweeted, “Hope you like it :).”

Some Twitter users welcomed the new formula and brand design with open arms. We can’t think of the last time we used “hooting and hollering” to describe a beer, but perhaps it’s something we should take up:

Unfortunately, most of the online reception was… less than positive, with many still attached to the beer’s original packaging. Change is hard, OK?

If there’s one thing to learn from Fat Tire’s transformation, though, it’s how to bounce back from rejection. Its social media team tirelessly replied to nearly every naysayer on its original tweet, sometimes with a humorous tint of passive-aggression:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the social team at Fat Tire today.