Outside Magazine Names New Belgium Brewing "Best Place To Work In America"

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Employee Owners at New Belgium Brewing Enjoy an All-expense Paid Trip to Belgium, a Cruiser Bike, Free Beer and even an Office Slide: New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is the best place to work in America on Outside Magazine's inaugural "Best Places to Work" list.

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale, is the best place to work in America on Outside magazine's (http://www.outsideonline.com) inaugural "Best Places to Work" list. New Belgium Brewing is ranked number one among companies with 250 or more employees. The full list and related stories is published in the May issue of Outside magazine, now available on newsstands.

"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized as a company where people love what they do and truly enjoy coming to work," said Bryan Simpson, media relations director for New Belgium Brewing. "One of New Belgium's core values is having fun, and that's actually a very important and fulfilling piece of our culture."

The Outdoor Industry Association (http://www.outdoorindustry.org) and Best Companies Group (http://www.bestcompaniesgroup.com) (BCG) compiled Outside's "Best Places to Work" list. The magazine conducted extensive surveys - based on benefits, compensation, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and community outreach programs - designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the country.

The extensive, year-long process initially identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. The companies were then sent a confidential employee satisfaction survey and employer questionnaire to collect information about benefits, policies and practices. All of the results were analyzed by BCG's experts, who selected the top 30. The winners were then broken down into three categories: small (15-49 employees); medium (50-249) and large (250). The result is a list of 30 U.S. companies that make it possible for employees to balance productivity with an active, eco-conscious lifestyle.

"These 30 companies figured out that there is a way to have it all and understand the growing need for work/quality of life balance," said Chris Keyes, Editor of Outside. "From New Belgium Brewing Company's rock climbing wall, cyclocross track and free beer after work, to SmartWool's annual company ski day at Steamboat and 40 paid hours a year working at a nonprofit of their choice, to Osprey Packs' renewable energy initiatives and paying employees $.50 per trip to walk or bike to work, these organizations have found a way to bring company morale to a whole new level while at the same time being responsible to their local communities and the environment. It's a trend that we only see increasing in the years ahead."

New Belgium Brewing is named number one for a variety of benefits that co-workers receive including:

  • After five years of employment, co-workers enjoy an all-expense paid pilgrimage to Belgium to learn about beer culture.
  • Co-workers are encouraged to commute by bike and receive a custom cruiser bicycle at the end of their first year.
  • New Belgium Brewing offers on-site yoga, a volleyball court, climbing wall, indoor slide, foosball table and ping-pong for co-workers.
  • Co-workers are welcome to enjoy a free case of beer per week and are allowed to bring their pets to work.
  • Co-workers are encouraged to give back to the community; therefore, for every two hours of time spent volunteering, they receive one hour of paid time off.
  • New Belgium Brewing has an extensive recycling program that is open to co-workers for personal household usage, taking in many products from co-workers that are not picked up curbside.
  • New Belgium Brewing is employee-owned and practices open book management style - all co-workers have full disclosure of financial data and other company performance indicators.

For more information on New Belgium Brewing, log onto http://www.newbelgium.com.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces seven year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit http://www.newbelgium.com.

Outside is America's leading active lifestyle magazine, with over two million readers a month. For more than 30 years, the magazine has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with receiving many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Visit the magazine online at http://www.outsideonline.com.

Best Companies Group was formed in January of 2004, with the purpose of identifying and recognizing best companies around the country. By using state-of-the art survey and indexing tools, BCG has been able to achieve that purpose on national, state-wide, city, and industry stages. BCG will partner with B-to-B and consumer media and other business or human resource organizations to publicize the opportunity, encourage participation and to recognize those who are good enough to make the lists of "Best Places to Work". BCG currently manages 25 similar programs around the US and in Canada. For more information and a complete list of "Best Employer" programs, visit http://www.bestcompaniesgroup.com Best Companies Group is headquartered in Harrisburg, PA.


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