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A Hearty Toast to the GUBNA

 

If you’re into big, hoppy, juicy beers, you may be familiar with GUBNA Imperial IPA. GUBNA reinvents itself once a year for a seasonal release, based on an annual hop selection led by our employees. In honor of this year’s release, we’d like to tell you a little bit about this batch of GUBNA; but we’d also like to introduce you to GUBNA THE PERSON – yes, he’s an actual living person. Read on.

This year, GUBNA (the beer) rules from atop a pedestal of spicy, herbal Crystal hops; juicy, fruity Eldorado; and tropical, tangerine-esque Azacca, hand-picked by over 60 of our employees at this year’s hop selection. It’s hopped four times – in the mash addition, wort addition, and twice kettle dry-hopped with an almost obnoxious 6.7% hop load (that means it’s 50% more hoptuous than the most hopmonious previous incarnation of GUBNA). That noble hop lineup is set against a spicy, viscous and downright regal 15% Rye Malt backbone. It’s inexplicably quaffable at 10% ABV.

Clearly, we could talk about GUBNA all day – it’s one of our favorite brews. But don’t take just our word for it; past versions of GUBNA have been reviewed thousands of times by craft beer drinkers on sites like BeerAdvocate and RateBeer. Here are some highlights:

Dr_Bahmbay13 got pretty pumped about the 2015 GUBNA, “…super dank nasty Gubna is yah hook up!holla! If ya hear me!Gubna is your big bad booty daddy of Imperial IPA’s.Genetic freak!” (more…)

Celebrate Cigar City’s Hunahpu’s Day With Us At OBB Taprooms

 

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Our friends at Cigar City Brewing hooked us up with some SUPER SCARCE Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, in fact the only kegs to land outside of Florida. It’s a decadent Imperial Stout aged with cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, chilis and cinnamon. This yearly release is highly sought-after and we’re excited to tap a keg of it at each of our taprooms (Brevard, Longmont, and Boulder) on Saturday, March 10, at noon. There’s only one keg per taproom, so this liquid joy is gonna go FAST. This tapping aligns with their Annual Hunahpu’s Day Celebration held in Tampa – a popular beer festival 9 years in the running – so we’re psyched to join in the celebration from afar.

Taproom guests can purchase Hunahpu’s on draft while that rich cacao nectar of the Mayan Gods lasts (first come, first served)

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The Barn Burner Series – New Limited Releases Every Month

 

The Barn Burner Series is a monthly taproom-only event featuring small batch releases straight outta our funky hometown of Lyons, CO. The releases showcase specialty brews cooked up at our pilot brewery, located in an actual rustic AF, 100-year-old barn in the backyard of the OG Oskar Blues Grill & Brew spot. In fact, Lyons’ Head Brewer Juice Drapeau brews in the same former cow hotel where the “Original Craft Beer in a Can” was born. We’re now tapping these rare suds on the first Thursday of every month, so come hang out with us; or if you’ve got places to be, you can grab a Crowler or two and take ‘em with you wherever you’ve got a trail to blaze. Cue the pyrotechnics.

Some of these beers may look familiar – Barn Burner beers like Bwahahaha Single Hop IPA and Interstate Smash Express IPA are brewed in Lyons almost every month, but with subtle changes to the recipe, adding a new twist to these fan favorites each time they’re brewed.

“We want to create seasonal, bold, innovative beers and make sure they’re consumed fresh,” explained Juice. “These beers are always the same ABV and style, but we keep things interesting by rotating in different hops, under-utilized or little known hops, locally grown malt – that sort of stuff – to change the character of the beer and push the envelope in terms of creative flavors and aromas. For the beer drinker, it’s cool because they get a whole new experience with this month’s rotator than they did with last month’s.”

The rotator beers will be complemented by other small batch funkiness to keep your mouth-hole guessing. Join us every first Thursday of the month to turn ‘em and burn ‘em.

The Barn Burner Series events will take place at the Boulder, Longmont, and Brevard Taprooms starting March 1. Keep an eye on our Events Page for release specifics and event details.

Hotbox Coffee IPA Returns to an Oskar Blues Taproom Near You

 

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Hotbox Coffee IPA, an atypical sort of coffee beer, has returned and it’s ready to slap you in the mouth-hole with flavors of citrus, berry, and plum. Wait – I thought this was a coffee beer. Yep, when most folks think “coffee beer” their minds go to traditional roasty, chocolatey stouts infused with equally roasty, chocolatey beans BUT that’s not what we’re going for here. The flavors in the coffee team up with underlying plum notes in the malt bill, led by CaraBelge malt. Together they give the citrus flavors of Simcoe hops a boost straight up over your tongue and down the hatch in a perfectly balanced brew.

When you think about it, coffee and beer have a long history of working well together. Consider one of those nights (maybe it was last night) when you drank beer all night, slept in the parking lot at work, and then transitioned immediately to strong cups of coffee so you could appear to be a functioning human in front of your co-workers. Beer and coffee are our everyday heroes, and in Hotbox Coffee IPA, they strike a perfect balance.

“Coffee is traditionally added to dark beers because the malt pushes the same roasty flavor agenda,” explained Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews. “In contrast, the hops and coffee combo in a pale beer is more challenging to perceive because (more…)

New Packaging in 2018

 

We’re kicking 2018 straight in the aesthetics with bold new packaging for our lineup of 12-packs and 16-packs including Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Beerito Amber Lager, Pinner Throwback IPA, Old Chub Scotch Ale and CANundrum mixed 12-packs. The fresh, loud update speaks to the adventurous spirit of our flagship brew, the Original Craft Beer in a Can, Dale’s Pale Ale.

The biggest change is to Mama’s Little Yella Pils, which first rolled off the can line in 2009 and is the #2 selling beer in our line-up. It’s now available as a 16-pack; and the can itself has had a facelift to highlight the bright, bold gold color of a classic lager and draw attention to the style, loudly stating PILS in the middle of the badge. No fine lines here. In addition to the updated 12oz can and the new 16-pack, Mama’s will also return with a 19.2oz single-serve “Stovepipe” can in 2018. (more…)

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