It’s been 11 years since Oskar Blues Brewery started the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in an old barn turned cannery located just outside of the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew brewpub in Lyons, CO. Today, over 350 craft breweries in the U.S. brew and can beer—offering consumers a fresher product by eliminating the damaging effects of light and ingressed oxygen. To celebrate 11 years of great beer in a can, Oskar Blues is throwing a big party on Dec. 6 at the place where it all began in Lyons—a small town still struggling to recover from massive flooding that washed through the area in September.
The Oskar Blues 11th CANiversary will kick off at 7 p.m. with food specials running through the night, a handful of rare Oskar Blues brews on tap and live music rocking the place starting at 8 p.m. with Boulder-based band, Rocktin Grove. (http://www.rocktingrove.com.) The West Water Outlaws, fresh off a packed album release party at the Fox Theater, will be playing some good old fashioned rock n’ roll starting at 10 p.m. (http://westwateroutlaws.com/.) The brewpub will also unveil updated renovations made to the upstairs and downstairs bars, and CANiversary attendees will also get a sneak peek of the brewpub’s expansion and soon-to-be opened private function room located in the old CHUBway digs.
For Oskar Blues, celebrating over a decade of one of the biggest milestones in craft beer is reason enough to party —but this year’s 11th CANiversary party will be more of a celebration of the triumph of the small town spirit.
In September of 2013, record-breaking rainfall inundated the Front Range of Colorado, causing flooding that destroyed much of the landscape and many structures in the small town of Lyons—leaving residents and business owners displaced nearly two months.
As part of the CANiversary celebration, Oskar Blues will also be celebrating the grand re-opening of their original location as well as well as the return of residents and the reopening of businesses in their hometown.
In response to the flooding, Oskar Blues expedited plans to create a 501(c)(3) organization constructed to support a variety of initiatives including outdoor recreation, environmental sustainability, and arts and music. The CAN’d Aid Foundation’s focus through the end of 2013 will be on raising money to support individuals, families, and small businesses affected by the floods. To-date, the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund has raised nearly $282,000 and granted out over $215,000 of that amount. (https://foundation.oskarblues.com/.) The CAN’d Aid Foundation has received strong support from the craft beer community, including a $100,000 donation from Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis & recently receiving a $10,000 donation from Rocky Yard American Grill & Brewing Company. Local businesses unaffected by the floods have also come forward in support. Boulder-based, Dan Caruso, Chairman and CEO of Zayo Group sent a one-time donation of $25,000 to the CAN’d Aid Foundation in November.
“Our homes are in Lyons and Longmont,” said Oskar Blues spokesman, Chad Melis. “We want to be a resource to individuals and small businesses in the most affected areas and our goal is to raise funds and dispense them quickly to keep the most-affected areas running.”
Tickets to the 11th CANiversary are $10 and are available at https://caniversaryparty.eventbrite.com
Donate directly to CAN’d Aid at https://foundation.oskarblues.com/
Oskar Blues Brewery joins forces with The Infamous Stringdusters to Raise Funds for CO Flood Victims
$1 From Every Ticket Sold From the band’s upcoming Road To Boulder tour and Ski Tour will benefit the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation
Longmont, CO., November 12, 2013— Oskar Blues Brewery announced plans early this week to team up with nationally-touring bluegrass/high country band, The Infamous Stringdusters (http://thestringdusters.com/site/), to raise money for individuals, families, and small business affected by the flooding that washed through Colorado in September.
The Grammy-nominated band known for adding a philanthropic touch to their tours chose to partner up with the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation (https://foundation.oskarblues.com/) for their upcoming Road To Boulder tour and Ski Tour to support a cause that hit close to home for members of the band.
Andy Hall, the band’s dobro player, is a resident of Lyons, CO—a town of just over 2,000 people that remained shut down for over a month due to damage (estimated at $1 billion) caused by the overflowing waters of the banks of the St. Vrain Creek. Hall recounts his decision to move to Boulder, CO over Charlottesville, VA in the first single the band has released in nearly two years, “The Road To Boulder”, featuring Bruce Hornsby on accordion. The single will be released as part of an EP that will also feature 3 other tracks recorded during the band’s live performance at the Bluegrass Underground. (Preview the EP at (https://soundcloud.com/warnerblaster/sets/road-to-boulder-ep-the/s-fJr5I.) Hall made the move from Nashville to Boulder, and in time, gravitated to the town of Lyons, a bluegrass mecca embedded in the Front Range of Colorado. It was in Lyons that Hall recalls The Infamous Stringdusters playing one of their first gigs at a small venue in the middle of the small town. In time—the band’s popularity skyrocketed, and The Infamous Stringdusters became a household name and fixture in the bluegrass circuit.
To help a community that embraced the ‘Dusters music from the beginning, the band has committed to donate $1 from every ticket sold to their December Road To Boulder tour and their February Ski Tour to the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund. (For a list of tour dates: http://thestringdusters.com/site/tour-dates/.) The fund was created by Oskar Blues Brewery to help support the damaged communities in which the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew location and the brewery’s 35,000 square foot brewery are located in. To date—the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund has raised over $250,000 and distributed over $200,000 to flood victims and small businesses along that Front Range that sustained loss as a result of the flood.
The band will also donate all proceeds from sales of the single “The Road To Boulder” to the CAN’d Aid Foundation.
Fans of both Oskar Blues Brewery and The Infamous Stringdusters will have the opportunity to raise a glass together during pre-show events hosted by the brewery at venues along the tour. Updates on Oskar Blues & ‘Duster pre-show events can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/OskarBluesCANS.
OSKAR BLUES CELEBRATES ONE YEAR BREVARDAVERSARY
WITH ANOTHER BLOW-OUT NEW YEAR’S EVE HOOTENANNY
Raising a CAN to 2013 at the New Year’s Eve Grand Opening
BREVARD, NC—To celebrate a fuh-CAN RAD year of production at their one-year-old North Carolina brewery, Oskar Blues will throw a second wild and wonderful New Year’s Eve Hootenanny.
Americana country rock band The Hackensaw Boys, known for their rowdy, highly energetic live shows, will headline the night. Opener, bluegrassy Packway Handle Band, will serve up their dark and passionate folk aesthetic.
The party will again be held at Oskar Blues Brewery at 342 Mountain Industrial Dr., starting at 7 p.m. and going until the last beer drops and it’s 2014! Tickets are $25 per person and are for sale here: Eventbrite.
Because of the expansion of the brewery into the warehouse (adding five new 200 bbl fermentation tanks in November for a total of 27 tanks), this year’s Hootenanny will take place on the patio (walled in for the event). Thus, fewer tickets will be sold this year than were for the sold out 2012 Grand Opening, so get your tickets SOON.
Food trucks, special brews, and other goodies will be on hand.
Tickets must be purchased, printed out and brought to the event that night with ID. Kids 16 to 21 years old are OK with a ticket AND a responsible adult.
Proceeds from the night will benefit Oskar Blues CAN’d AID Foundation, a non-profit started in September to help victims of the ColoRADo floods. CAN’d AID is expanding its support to a variety of organizations and folks in need in our home communities and beyond.
Oskar Blues Brewery experienced 40 percent growth in 2013, thanks in part to the East Coast expansion. In October, the brewery hit the 100,000 barrel mark for the year, with 40,000 of those barrels brewed in North Carolina and distributed to 16 East Coast states. More than 9.2 million CANs have gone out the door of the NC brewery in 10 months of distribution.
Oskar Blues also will celebrate on the day of 12/12/13 (one year since the first NC mash-in) at the Tasty Weasel Tap Room with live music from This Mountain and Soldier’s Heart, a book signing with beer writer John Holl of The American Craft Beer Cookbook, and a bouncy house for the kids. Free and open to the public.
Come get your party on!
Nitrogenized Oskar Blues Beer is comin’ at ya!
If you haven’t been to Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, CHUBurger or the Tasty Weasels (coloRADo or Brevard, NC version) in a while, you might be missing out on our Knightro line of beers.
Most popular of course is the Old Chub Knightro Scotch Ale, the creamy, velvety version of our award wining Scotch Ale. Haven’t had it before? It’s just like Old Chub… but on NITRO! A brobding-nagian celebration of rich malts and smoked grains creates a smooth ﬁnishing character for the herculean size of this Scotch Ale (8% A.B.V./30 IBU). Old Chub Knightro Scotch Ale takes the big, bold original favorite and adds the creamy, velvety mouth-feel that only nitro can add and makes this local Colorado nitro unique.
But that’s not all, at any of our restaurants/tasting rooms, you can usually find a variety of our regular beers in a nitrogenized version of itself including G’Knight, Dale’s and favorite: Ten FIDY! The Knightro version of our beers is a kick in the mouth and nose as you get new aromas, tastes and mouth feels from your favorite beers. Don’t forget to check out our Beer Finder to see where you can find Old Chub Knightro Scotch Ale near you.
OSKAR BLUES CANNED BREWS NOW IN INDY
LONGMONT, CO & BREVARD, NC- Oskar Blues Brewery will explode into Indiana in November, sending CANs of super-fresh craft-brewed Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Old Chub Scotch Ale, Deviant Dale’s IPA, G’Knight Imperial Red, and Ten FIDY Imperial Stout throughout the Hoosier state.
Indy will celebrate with a number of OB-centric events, including:
- MacNivens Pub 339 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN
- Mass Ave Pub 745 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN
- Copper Still 917 Conner St., Noblesville, IN
- La Margarita 1043 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, IN
- The Sinking Ship 4923 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN
- 20 Tap 5408 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN
- The Tap 101 N. College Ave, Bloomington, IN
- Chatham Tap 8211 E. 116th St., Fisher, IN
- Chatham Tap 719 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN
- Ale Emporium 8617 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, IN
- The Pint 111 S. River Rd., West Lafayette, IN
Check your favorite Indy watering holes on Facebook or Twitter for other salivatory beer parties.
Distributors for Indiana are World Class Beer-Monarch Beverage for central and south Indiana and Indiana Beverage and Five Star Distributing for the northern region of the state.
Oskar Blues beer is currently sold in 30 plus states and will expand into a handful of NEW states in 2014, now that the brewery has expanded capacity in both ColoRADo and North Carolina. The beers also hit Michigan in 2013 and filled voids in areas of several existing states, although the main focus was on getting the new NC brewery up and running. Stay tuned for state announcements in 2014 as Oskar Blues Brewery continues to grow.
Oskar Blues Brewery will celebrate the North Carolina’s facility’s one year brewaversary on 12/12/13.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched its beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, ColoRADo. It was the first American craft brewery to brew and hand-can its beer. Today there are more than 250 craft breweries canning beer. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 59,000 barrels in 2011 and grew to 85,750 in 2012 while opening an additional brewery in Brevard, NC, in late 2012.
Oskar Blues’ Dale Katechis talks beer with James Watt and Martin Dickie of Brew Dog during the filming of the Brew Dogs Show.
Longmont, Colo & Brevard, NC., October 21st
Oskar Blues Brewery Featured on Esquire Network Brew Dogs Show Tuesday 10/22 (8pm MST)
James Watt and Martin Dickie, owners of the UK’s fastest-growing brewery, travel across America visiting different American beer towns, celebrating distinctive craft beers and creating their own locally-inspired drafts on Esquire Network’s new show Brew Dogs. Join James & Martin as they visit Oskar Blues’ Brewery, Hops & Heifers Farm, Bike Trails & Home Made Liquids & Solids Restaurant to find inspiration under Colorado’s mountainous open skies, harnessing the sun into a solar-powered, cactus-infused Wild West beer. Watch the episode trailer & get additional details at http://tv.esquire.com/shows/brew-dogs
Grab a beer with us at Oskar Blues Longmont locations for Brew Dogs episode watch parties at Home Made Liquids & Solids (8pm MST) and Tasty Weasel Taproom (6pm MST Pre-Showing) in Longmont Tuesday Night.
Oskar Blues Launches United Kingdom Distribution with Vertical Drinks, Brew Dog Collaboration Beer & UK Pub Crawl.
Oskar Blues launched distribution of their line-up of boundary busting canned craft beer throughout the United Kingdom via Vertical Drinks Distribution in October. To support the United Kingdom launch Oskar Blues brewed a collaboration beer with Scotland’s Brew Dog Brewery (http://www.brewdog.com/ ) & set up a four-stop pub crawl & bike ride (Aberdeen, New Castle, Leeds & London) to introduce Oskar Blues brews at Brew Dog Pub Locations. The “Shipwrecker Circus” collaboration beer is a bold American-Style Barleywine available throughout the UK.
Watch a backstage video of the collaboration brew & the Oskar Blues whirlwind UK craft beer tour HERE.
Wanna know what we’re up to around Denver this week for GABF?
Jake Smith, A.K.A, The White Buffalo, took a break from promoting his new album, “Shadows, Greys & Evil Ways,” to stop by the original Oskar Blues brewery in Lyons, CO to brew up a batch of “The White Buffalo West Coast IPA”—a sessionable, easy-drinking collaboration brew concocted after the California-based musician’s favorite style of beer.
“I love to drink,” said Smith, who together with a team of Oskar Blues brewers created a light-bodied, heavily-hopped West Coast-style White IPA featuring Centennial, Simcoe, and Galaxy hops. “I mostly drink IPAs, that’s why I wanted to create something light and drinkable. As a beer drinker, that’s what I’m drawn to.”
Fans of both The White Buffalo and Oskar Blues can get a free download of “Don’t You Want It” from the Buffalo’s latest album and also watch footage from Smith’s Oskar Blues brew day last August.
Fresh off of his latest album release on September 10, Smith will get a chance to try the final product of his collaborative brewing efforts when he lands in Colorado again in October to headline Oskar Blues’ two-day beer and music-centric festival—FBAG – Fuh-CAN Beer and Guitars, taking place in downtown Denver’s Sculpture Park the Friday and Saturday of the Great American Beer Festival. “The White Buffalo West Coast IPA” will be served alongside a slew of Oskar Blues beers as well a variety of craft brews from a handful of other local breweries.
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Oskar Blues Launches Own 501(c)(3) – The “CAN’d Aid Foundation”
The “CAN’d Aid Foundation”, a 501(c)(3) organization, was developed with a national scope but plans to make its first initiative raising funds for immediate relief and long-term help for victims impacted by the recent flooding in Colorado.
September 24, 2013, Longmont, CO – Since their inception in 1997, the folks at Oskar Blues have been committed to giving back to the communities in which their businesses grow and thrive. Over the years, the Oskar Blues Brewery and restaurants have provided support to those in need by organizing a variety of solutions like canned food and clothing drives at each of their locations during the holidays, to making monetary donations to local organizations. “With just one point-in-time donation to our organization, Oskar Blues fed 5,000 people. Successful businesses can make a huge difference to the communities they live in,” said Edwina Salazar, executive director of the OUR Center.
For Oskar Blues’ owner/founder, Dale Katechis, helping people and giving back to the community is something that Oskar Blues has always been engaged in. In September of 2013, Katechis created the “Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation” to allow that engagement to expand at a local and national level. “It’s been a 15 year mission for me to organize a way to give back to the communities that helped build our businesses,” Katechis said.
Although the “CAN’d Aid Foundation” will develop national partnerships in a variety of focus areas including outdoor recreation, arts and music, and environmental sustainability, the foundation’s immediate focus will be on maximizing fundraising efforts for the expedited distribution of monies to the communities of Lyons and Longmont, CO; two areas that recently experienced massive devastation during severe flooding that struck the Front Range of Colorado. Many Oskar Blues employees, friends and family of the company were severely impacted by the floods, and Katechis’ main goal is to support immediate recovery efforts for those affected in both communities.
Diana Ralston, the executive director of the “CAN’d Aid Foundation” echoed Katechis’ sentiments about flood relief efforts, stating, “at Oskar Blues, our community is our family, and the recent massive flooding along the Front Range left a lot of our Colorado family members without homes, without towns, and in desperate need of help getting back on their feet. Fast-tracking our 501(c)(3) allows us to be a part of a long-term strategy to provide help to areas damaged by the flooding.”
With Ralston at the helm, several Oskar Blues fundraising opportunities are in place to support flood relief efforts at the local level.
Put a CAN’d Aid on it. Monetary donations can be made in the form of a check or online at http://www.foundation.oskarblues.com
Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation
Attn: Oskar Blues Flood Relief Fund
1800 Pike Road
Longmont, CO 80501
Through the week of the Great American Beer Festival (September 22 through October 13), all Oskar Blues locations including Homemade Liquids and Solids, CHUBurger, and the Tasty Weasel tap rooms (Colorado and North Carolina) are donating $1 from every Oskar Blues brew purchased.
REEB Cycles, Oskar Blues’ bike company, is donating $200 from every frame or complete bike sold during the month of October.
Oskar Blues will also hype up flood relief fundraising efforts during the week of the Great American Beer Festival by donating a portion of the proceeds from the FBAG- Beer and Guitars, two-day festival in Sculpture Park in downtown Denver to the Oskar Blues Flood Relief Fund. The festival thrown in collaboration with the Love, Hope, Strength Foundation, will feature live music by 18 bands including The White Buffalo, The Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Bonnie and the Clyde’s, The Congress, and many more to be announced via http://fbagblowout.com/