Men’s Health gives a shout out to Old Chub
“Canned craft beer has been around since 2002, when Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery began canning it’s flagship Dale’s Pale Ale, but it didn’t take off until recently. In 2009, about 50 craft breweries, mostly small ones, packaged beer in cans; now there are close to 150 and they aren’t all small…”
The spirit behind the funky little brew pub that started the craft beer-in-a-can movement nearly 10 years ago continues to fuel the fire for Oskar Blues Brewery.
All About Beer Magazine’s Roger Protz writes about Deviant Dale’s IPA:
“The finish is long, dry and bitter but with a fine balance of juicy malt and citrus fruit. A wonderfully refreshing and beautifully balanced beer.”
“I was pleased with the balance of malt & hops in this beer even though I couldn’t ever get away from the powerful aroma of the hops… I’d rank this up there with some of the best IPA’s I’ve had, like Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA.”
Craftcans.com on Deviant Dale’s: “This one packs a wallop, that is for sure.”
The Best of 2011 – The Oskar Blues Ordeal
Oskar Blues Launches Bike Company: REEB Cycles -
as featured in Mountain Flyer Magazine
Maxim Magazine features Ten FIDY Imperial Stout
“Brew Your Own” Magazine
Warren Miller Television Series sets Oskar Blues in the Spotlight
“Beer America is an 8-part series featuring six breweries located in six regions of the United States. We’re in search o the brew that just might win big at the Great American Beer Festival in 2012.”
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Beer Advocate Magazine features Oskar Blues & Dale Katechis in “The Golden Rule of Brewing” Article
“And success for one brewery can mean success for others. Take Oskar Blues – when other Colorado breweries wanted to follow OB’s lead and start canning, founder Dale Katechis & his team were eager to get their new allies in the “canned revolution” up to speed. ‘My feeling on it from day one and through today – and I can’t foresee it changing – is that the more, the merrier, and the more people that begin to understand the value and the premium nature of the can, and they put beer in a can – as a craft, I think will benefit all of us,’ Katechis says.”
Colorado Brewers Guild’s Steve Kurowski talks Mama’s Little YELLA Pils on FOX 31 on how to choose craft beer during St. Patrick’s Day
“Of the 141 breweries licensed by the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division in March 2012, all but two were craft breweries, according to the report from the LEEDS School of Business Research Division. Those 139 craft brewers – and related suppliers including hop growlers, barley farmers and steel fabricators – posted a $179 million income, $307 million in total value added and $446 million in output.
Sun King Brewery/Oskar Blues Brewery Chaka
Two pioneers of the craft-beer-in-a-can movement — Indiana’s Sun King and Colorado’s Oskar Blues — collaborated on this Belgian-style ale, which will debut in 16-ounce cans at May’s Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego. After that, the 8-percent-ABV beer brewed with Indiana hickory syrup and Colorado malts will be available in the breweries’ home territories.
Oskar Blues & Sun King Craft Breweries Launch Limited-Release “Chaka” Beer in Alumi-Tek Pint Bottles by Ball Corp – Wall Street Journal Market Watch
Ball Corporation and premier craft beer breweries Oskar Blues Brewery of Lyons, Colo., and Sun King Brewing Co. of Indianapolis, Ind., are bringing a sleek new packaging silhouette to craft beer retail shelves. In collaboration, the breweries are introducing Chaka, a limited-release, handcrafted Belgian-style ale brewed by both companies and packaged in distinctive 16-oz. resealable Alumi-Tek® bottles by Ball.
Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colorado, was one of the first American craft breweries to package in cans. In 2002, the craft beer ‘canning’ pioneer introduced its flagship Dale’s Pale Ale. This Rocky Mountain pale ale is setting the standard for quality canned beer and has helped convince many beer aficionados that great beer can come with a pop top. This hearty brew is copper-hued, has a rich aroma and logs in at 6.5 per cent ABV. While definitely hoppy, it’s not overly bitter (for those keeping score, it weighs in at a respectable 65 International Bittering Units) and the citrusy hop flavor is backed up with a good dose of malt, resulting in a well-balanced beer.
“When we had a chance to talk with Katechis and hear his story, he shared that his mission is more than to just make delicious beer, it’s to spread his passion for an active lifestyle. That’s why, with the same careful attention he gives his beer, this avid cyclist has started making small batches of high-quality single-gear steel bikes. With his bikes and his beer, Katechis’ mission is to bring people together to enjoy life…”
“From the Longmont, Colorado brewery that first canned craft beer comes this crisp, clean pilsner with a spicy Saaz hops mouthfeel. A sweet, malty backbone and a lawnmower-beer sessionabilty makes it appealing to both working man and bearded hipster. And at a modest 5.3% ABV, you can impress without pickling yourself.”
“In the mile-high air of Denver, the eats are great and the balls fly up and out of the ballpark as rapidly as you down Oskar Blues’ potent, fragrant Dale’s Pale Ale. Naturally, Coors is available too, but skip the Banquet Beer in lieu of the company’s on-premise SandLot Brewery. You’ll find fine pilseners, hefeweizens and even curiosities like a smoky chocolate porter.”
Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries in 2011
“The story of Oskar Blues Brewing Company is really the story of a little brewpub that could- and did…” “…Customers took to the beer, especially an assertively hopped pale ale that originated as a homebrew recipe. Katechis decided to package the beer for distribution outside of the brewpub and, using a rudimentary table-top canning machcine, cranked out the first can of Dale’s Pale Ale in late 2002, making Oskar Blues the first American craft brewery to brew and can its own beer.”
Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies: #29 Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO
Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies: #41 Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO
Origin: Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Co.
What it is: A crisp, dry pilsner from the guys who originally put craft beer in a can. It’s portable, flavorful and low in ABV — the perfect beach beer.
What to drink it in: A tall pilsner glass
What to drink it with: Light fish
Colorado breweries clean up at World Beer Cup, win 13 gold medals- “Colorado breweries on Saturday night brought home 27 medals – 13 of them gold – at the World Beer Cup, an elite international competition staged every two years by the Boulder-based Brewers Association.
Category 91: Imperial Red Ale, 38 Entries Gold: G’Knight Imperial Red Ale, Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO
G’Knight is good luck for Oskar Blues-
Oskar Blues Brewery LLC, which is based in Longmont, beat out 38 other entries to take gold in the Imperial Red Ale category. The World Beer Cup, held this year in San Diego, is sponsored by the Boulder-based Brewers Association and is considered to be one of the industry’s top competitions. Oskar Blues was the only brewery based in Boulder or Broomfield counties to win a medal.
“It’s called ‘The Olympics of Beer Competition’ for good reason,” Brewers Association president Charlie Papazian said in the release that announced the winners. “The event brings together great brewers from all corners of the globe. Plus, the awards are highly regarded. A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world.” The World Beer Cup is hosted biannually and saw 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories.
“Explosive growth in Colorado’s craft-brewing industry produces not only more beer, but more beer byproducts. That means the hamburger you eat next week may come from a steer happily fed last week with brewing leftovers. Using spent grains for livestock feed dates to the advent of beer. But with corn and other commodity prices sky high, feed yards increasingly are using brewing byproducts to help fatten cattle in preparation for slaughter…
Oskar Blues owner Dale Katechis sends a portion of the brewery’s waste grain to his 50-acre Hops & Heifers Farm in Longmont, where a handful of cattle are raised and brewing hops are grown.
”We’re trying to vertically integrate what we do with the brewery and the restaurants,” said head brewer Dave Chichura.”
CNBC & Business Week feature Oskar Blues Brewery’s Expansion to Brevard North Carolina
Beer Buzz of the Week- North Carolina Sings the Blues: Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery has announced they are expanding to North Carolina. The company says it will open a brewing facility and restaurant/music venue in downtown Brevard, NC. The Oskar Blues announcement follows California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing and Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing announcing they will be opening facilities in Asheville, N.C.
Colorado-based Oskar Blues Grill & Brew is opening a restaurant and brewery in Brevard, N.C.
The brewer is known for selling beer, including its Dale’s Pale Ale, in aluminum cans, not bottles. Since 2008, its production has grown from 19,500 barrels to 59,000 barrels last year.
Founder Dale Katechis is a mountain biking enthusiast and frequently travels to North Carolina to visit the Pisgah National Forest.
Oskar Blues hopes to have its North Carolina facility open in December. The brewery says more than 35 percent of its beer is sold east of the Mississippi River.
“Bottles and cans, just clap your hands.” Beck wasn’t singing about Chaka, the new collaboration between Oskar Blues and Sun King breweries, but what’s inside this resealable bottle/can hybrid is clearly where it’s at.
The 8 percent ABV Belgian-style ale is collaboration between the Colorado-based Oskar Blues brew master Dave Chichura and his longtime friends in Dave Colt and Clay Robinson who founded Indianapolis’ Sun King. Using Shagbark Hickory syrup from Indiana and grains from Colorado, we hope this will help heal the longtime bitterness between the two states if indeed any such bitterness has ever existed.
Chaka was released last week at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego. But unless you live near either of the breweries’ home markets it might be hard to get your hands on this limited-edition beer for a while.
- 14 Sept 2009 – Oskar Blues’ Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Availability Sold Out
- 7 Oct 2009 – OSKAR BLUES “HOME MADE LIQUIDS & SOLIDS” BRINGS 43 TAPS OF BEER SOAKED SOUTHERN CULTURE TO LONGMONT, COLORADO
- 2 Nov 2009 – Oskar Blues Canned Beer Apocalypse Prevails on the Eve of 7th Anniversary.
- OSKAR BLUES BREWERY BUSTED FOR GROWING
- 22 Nov 2009 – Seven Years Ago, Oskar Blues Started a Revolution, Two Cans at a Time Celebrate Oskar Blues’ Canniversary at the Canning Barn in Lyons