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Oskar Blues Announces Upcoming Austin Events

 

We have some good news for craft beer enthusiasts in the Austin area – we’re announcing two kickass upcoming events to precede our May brewery opening:

Join us on 4/20 at The Scoot Inn Smoke Out. Come for the pork shoulder and authentic Texas barbecue, stay for the sweet tunes by J Roddy Walston and the Business, a performance by Nashville’s Nikki Lane, and the late-night songsmithery of Eagle Eye Williamson. Get tickets here.

You definitely don’t want to miss Burning Can (notjusta) Beer Fest on April 23. Celebrate great beer in a can with tasters from over 30 craft breweries from around the country. Get down with Drive by Truckers, Tameca Jones and Whiskey Shivers; combine beer-drinking and athleticism in The Beer Relay; or sit back, sip and watch legendary mountain bike freeriding and trials rider, Jeff Lenosky, do his thing in a series of awe-inspiring demos. Buy tickets now.

The best part? Proceeds from both events will go toward the Can’d Aid Foundation’s do-goodery efforts. Read more about the Can’d Aid Foundation here



B. Stiff & Sons Announces Release of New Flavors

 


The unmistakable, spicy aroma of ginger fills the warehouse space where B. Stiff and Sons Specialty Sodas are made. Head of Production, Jim Glenn, is working on a batch of Ginger Beer – a new flavor for the company. This is the first batch that will incorporate fresh ginger, and a small food processor whirrs as he tosses in pieces of knobby ginger root. The fresh stuff is mixed with a ginger puree and steeped for about an hour. After steeping, the ginger solids are carefully wrapped in a game bag (similar to a cheesecloth), which is suspended in the tank to help flavor the soda – a process cheekily dubbed “G-bagging.”

“Hopefully this will give it a bigger ginger kick,” explains Glenn, as he ties the 15-lb bag of ginger solids up in the tank. “We’re constantly improving the recipe, altering it little by little. It already has great texture and great flavor; we’re just working on getting more of that ginger bite.”

Hot water, sugar, and flavor extracts (ginger, lime and spicy pepper) will swirl around the g-bag as the tank recirculates (the liquid pulls from the bottom and then dumps back into the top) for four hours. After chilling, Glenn will add carbonation and then package the bubbly beverage in cans. The whole process takes three days per batch.

Ginger Beer is one of four new flavors produced by B. Stiff and Sons Specialty Sodas – a company that claims Oskar Blues Brewery as their parent. Previously, they made only B. Stiff and Sons Root Beer. Two years ago, King Soopers and City Market started carrying the Root Beer in Colorado stores; where the beverage eventually become the top-selling local Root Beer and the second-best selling craft soda overall.

Now, the company is gearing up to introduce the following new flavors to consumers: Ginger Beer, Orange Cream, Cream Soda, and Black Cherry. “These flavors were chosen because they’re old-school, nostalgic flavors that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Sales Manager Geoff Hess. “Our soda is truly handmade, with every small batch being tasted and tweaked. We’re looking to rejuvenate these classics with new twists.” The Root Beer recipe is being revamped as well, resulting in a 20% reduction in sugar – a change made in response to consumer feedback. 

The distribution plan for the new flavors is off to an aggressive start. After the official release April 1st, they will be available at multiple large grocery chain stores across Colorado, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Retailers include ABC Liquors in Florida and Engels Markets in North Carolina; along with numerous local retailers.

“The company is projecting approximately 600% growth in 2016 based on current success and enthusiasm,” said Hess. “We’ve begun construction on our new production facility, with the goal of taking over the entire craft soda world!”

Follow @bstiffpop for news and updates.

For a list of local, independent retailers who offer B. Stiff and Sons Specialty Sodas, contact Geoff Hess at farmergeoff@oskarblues.com



Oskar Blues Brewery Teams Up With Local Maltsters

 


Oskar Blues Brewery recently got down with a collaborative project featuring craft maltsters and Fort Collins' The Mayor of Old Town. Watch to see what kind of magic happens when craft brewers use locally-cultivated raw materials in their creations. Local agriculture meets local, independent business? Pretty Fuh-CAN rad.

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