Get some HGH at Old Chicago’s “I Love Beer Tour”!

Does down-home, hand-planted, home-grown and hand-picked happen anymore?  It does with Oskar Blues Brewery’s Hops & Heifers Farm inspired “HGH part DUH” Ale!

We’re teaming up with Old Chicago restaurants during their “I Love Beer Tour,” and will be offering a very limited and exclusive release of the farm raised, strong ale born on the brewery’s Longmont, CO based farm.  The tour kicks off on Wednesday, January 25th at all Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, Oregon and Wisconsin Old Chicago locations. The beer will be flowing while the limited amount lasts.  For a complete list of Old Chicago locations, check out

“HGH (Home Grown Hops) Part DUH” is a 7.5% A.B.V and 70 I.B.U. Strong Ale brewed with hops locally grown at our Hops & Heifers farm.  The home gown, high-potency, home run hitter is dry hopped with Amarillo, double dry hopped with Centennial, Summit and the last of our first crop of whole Cascade Hops.   This farm-raised strong ale injects more HGH than the 1998 home run race.

Our 50 acre Hops & Heifers Farm was reborn by Dale Katechis and Farmer Geoff Hess in an area hosting views of Boulder’s Flatirons and Haystack Mountain, and sits just down the road from the brewery and our Home Made Liquids & Solids restaurant, creating an opportunity for a true farm to table experience.  The farm hosts 2 acres of hops planted in celebration in May 2011 by the Oskar Blues employees.  The initial Hops & Heifers work day saw 3,500 hop plants laid in on 2 acres of land across 181 hop poles.  The hopyard menu includes Centennial, Columbus, Nugget, Chinook, Willamette, Mt.Hood, Cascade and Sterling.

The farm also hosts 100% Oskar Blues-raised Black Angus cattle, Berkshire pigs and goats that are part of the sustainable model.  Our cattle are grass fed on our pasture grasses and alfalfa in addition to spent grain and water reclaimed from the brewery, while Berkshire pigs are fed a mix of high protein grain, brewery spent grain and restaurant kitchen scraps.

This is not the first collaboration we’ve done with Old Chicago.  In 2011, Old Chicago was the exclusive launch of Deviant Dale’s IPA during the same “I Love Beer” tour.  Deviant went on to win a Silver Medal in the 2011 Great American Beer Festival American India Pale Ale category, the most competitive category in the competition’s history, with 176 entries.  Deviant Dale’s will be released in March- our first 16 oz. tallboy can!

In addition, the companies share much in the way of history.  Dale Katechis, our heart & soul owner at Oskar Blues, gained experience within the Old Chicago group of restaurants & was the General Manager at the Longmont Old Chicago location, just a few blocks away from Home Made Liquids & Solids.  Dave Chichura, our head brewer, worked at Rock Bottom Brewery, a sister concept to Old Chicago, for four years.

Set in the heart of Colorado craft beer country, our original brewpub in Lyons began canning its beers in November of 2002 with a hand-canning line in the 60- year-old barn next door to our funky little brewpub.  Celebrating our 10th CANiversary this year, we now have a full- throttle canning operation that is quickly expanding our cult-like following across the nation!

Check out which Old Chicago’s locations we’re hosting “I Love Beer” Tour Events:

January 25th

Old Chicago- Tejon, Colorado Springs, 7-9pm

Old Chicago- Powers, Colorado Springs, 6:30-8:30pm

Old Chicago- Woodman, Colorado Springs, 6-7:30pm

Old Chicago- Academy, Colorado Springs, 6pm

Old Chicago- Arapahoe Crossing, Parker, 6-8pm

Old Chicago- Lodo, Denver, 6pm

Old Chicago- Boulder, 6pm

Old Chicago- Loveland, 6-7pm

Old Chicago- Old Town, Fort Collins, 7:30-9pm

Old Chicago- Silverthorne, 6-8pm

Old Chicago- Westminister, 5:30-7pm

Old Chicago- Thornton (#9), 7:30-9pm

Old Chicago- Thornton, 7-9pm

Old Chicago- Longmont, 6-8pm

Old Chicago- Grand Junction, 5-7pm

Old Chicago- Chandler, Arizona, 6-8pm

Old Chicago- Tucson, Arizona, 7-9pm


January 26th

Old Chicago- Iliff, Aurora, 6-8pm


January 27th

Old Chicago- Lakewood, 6-8pm


February 1st

Old Chicago- Harmony, 5:30-8pm

Old Chicago- Southlands Mall, Denver, 6-8pm

Old Chicago- Glendale, Arizona, 6-8pm

Old Chicago- Superior, 6-8pm


February 2nd

Old Chicago- Lakewood, 6-8pm


February 8th

Old Chicago- Broadway, Littleton, 6-8pm

Old Chicago- Silverthorne, 6-8pm

Old Chicago- Cheyenne, Wyoming, 6pm

Old Chicago- Tucson, Arizona, 6pm