What up Chi-Town! We’re headin’ your way in late August.
Many of you know by now that the “Canned Beer Apolocalypse” began ten years ago, when we starting canning our voluminously hoppy Dale’s Pale Ale at the Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, Colorado. Now, we’re bringin’ our brew-train to Chicago, where we’ve partnered up with craft savvy Windy City Distribution to expand their line of boundary busting canned beer to the burgeoning craft beer scene of Chicago.
To start, we’ll be gettin’ our beers into the eight county-areas around Chicago, and will kick off with tons of events and promotions the week of August 20th. Continued growth over the last few years, including the addition of our North Carolina brewing location (up & running this December!) has allowed us the capacity to make the Chicago market only the second official new market for Oskar Blues in the past three years.
What many of you probably don’t know yet is that our head brewer, Dave Chichura, has long-standing ties in the Chicago craft beer scene. He was the original head brewer for Rock Bottom Brewery in Warrenville, IL in 1998. During his time in Chicago, he was introduced to friends Jim & Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing Company, Peter Crowley, owner of The Haymarket Pub & Brewery, as well as to Tim Marshall who has recently opened Solemn Oath Brewery in Naperville. Chichura is excited to be back in the Chicago craft beer scene and for the collaboration opportunities with old friends.
We gotta full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses…Hit it.