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REEBellion at the Ranch: Win the Trip of a Lifetime

 

Does a RAD mountain biking adventure in beautiful Brevard, NC, sound appealing? How about winning your very own REEB Cycles hand-crafted bike? Click here and enter to win Oskar Blues Brewery’s biggest sweepstakes giveaway yet.

OBB and Draft Magazine will treat one winner and three of his or her closest buddies to a long weekend at the REEB Ranch’s scenic waterfall cabin – along with bonfires, gnarly trail rides through Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Recreational Forest, great eats, and craft beer as far as the eye can see. The prize also includes a tricked-out hammock set-up by Eagle’s Nest Outfitters and specially branded Smith Optics helmet and sunglasses.

Sound pretty fuh-CAN cool? Wait, there’s more – the winner can choose to participate in one or more epic races taking place REEBellion weekend. Challenge yourself against 47 miles of backcountry during the Oskar Blues Dirt Diggler Gravel Grinder; tear up steep hills and schlep across cow pastures at the REEB Ranch Cyclocross; or race down the newly built dual slalom course in the REEB Ranch Dual Slalom Challenge. If racing isn’t your thing, grab a Dale’s Pale Ale and watch the action.

Prize includes airfare, transportation, lodging, and meals.

Enter to win by July 31st.

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.

Cocktails for the Craft Beer Lover’s Soul

 


Looking to mix things up this Valentine’s Day? Get busymaking your significant other one of these craft beer cocktails:



Baby Got HiBiscus?


This simple, fancy twist on a mimosa is perfect for Valentine’s
Day brunch. We used hibiscus simple syrup to achieve a layering effect, but you
can substitute Chambord, or a mixture of ½ hibiscus simple syrup and ½ Chambord.
We recommend garnishing with a (pesticide-free) flower petal if you really wanna be a show-off.

  • Garnish a martini glass with a sugar rim (pink sugar would
    be extra festive)

  • Add 4 oz Mama’s Little Yella Pils

  • Add 2 oz orange juice

  • Gently pour hibiscus simple syrup along the
    inside of the glass to create layering effect


Makes: 1



Romancerita


Ask your date to Netflix and chill with this impressive-looking
frozen margarita. We used an Oskar Blues IPA float on top to add fizz; if you can get your hands on it, Beerito Mexican Lager works great too.

  • Puree about 6 fresh strawberries, set aside

  • Blend together ice cubes, 2 oz tequila, and the
    margarita mix of your choice

  • Pour half of the frozen mixture into a large
    goblet-style glass

  • Pour strawberry puree over top of frozen mixture

  • Add the rest of the frozen mix to the glass to
    achieve a layered effect

  • Gently drop ½ oz Chambord along the inside of
    the glass (optional)

  • Top off with 2-3 oz of Oskar Blues IPA

  • Garnish with a fresh strawberry


Makes: 1



Chubby Cupid


Make this easy, chocolatey cocktail for dessert on
date-night. Nitro Old Chub makes it extra smooth; and we use locally-made Richardo’s
Decaf Coffee Liqueur by Spirit Hound Distillers in Lyons, Colorado.

  • Pour ½ oz coffee liqueur in a martini-style
    glass

  • Top glass with Nitro Old Chub

  • Garnish with whipped cream and espresso beans, and
    dust with cinnamon or espresso powder


Makes: 1



Special thanks to Nick Durecki at CYCLHOPS Bike CANtina for his
creative recipes. Nick enjoys long walks on the beach, climbing on stuff, and cultivating flowing locks of hair. Visit him and the rest of the crew at CYCLHOPS for killer food and brews.

What’s your favorite craft beer cocktail to make with OBB brews? Let us know on Twitter @oskarblues #beercocktail


Upcoming Event – Old Man Winter Bike Rally and Run

 

In just a few weeks, cyclists andrunners will get their chance to go up against the elements at Oskar Blues
Brewery’s second annual Old Man Winter Bike
Rally and Run
. Taking place Sunday, February 7th in and around
Lyons, CO, the event features three different options for athletes – a 50km
bike ride, 100km race, and a 5.8-mile run. Riders and runners will face quintessential
winter in Boulder County race terrain: snowy trails, rural gravel roads,
winding canyons, and endless beautiful scenery. All the while participants will
have to bear in mind, Old Man Winter, that wily character, and his mistress
Mother Nature, who at any time are liable to introduce some weather-related
obstacles of their own.


“We
love being involved with this event. It’s a perfect fit for what we’re all
about – riding bikes, drinking beer and enjoying the ColoRADo lifestyle,”
said Diana Ralston of Oskar Blues. Last year’s inaugural rally brought more
than 700 riders to the brewery’s hometown of Lyons – this year over 1,000
participants are expected.


As an added bonus,
the event raises funds for the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Treads + Trails program,
which will help build new trails for Boulder County’s cyclists and runners.
Ralston added, “Just by doing what we already love to do, we are
supporting the places we hold most dear – how sweet is that?!”


Check out additional details
below on the events and after party. Ready to get down with some dirt, snow,
and RAD prizes? Go to
oldmanwinterrally.com to find out more about chillin’ with Old Man
Winter.


Not looking to run/ride but
willing to help out? You rock. Email
sarah@oskarblues.com for details. CAN’d Aid gets an added
donation for every volunteer that signs up so get on with your philanthropic
self and join us for the fun!


Ride
Riders on the 50km bike course
will travel East and South of Lyons across scenic dirt roads in rural Boulder
County. This rural route is sure to offer a sense of brisk wintry adventure and
camaraderie.


Cyclists looking for even more of
a challenge will complete the 50km ride and continue on to climb and dive
through the snowy canyons west of Boulder. The 100km ride includes nearly 5,000
feet of pavement, primitive roads and single track. There’s even the option to
ride a mysterious “secret trail.” The top male and top female cyclist will ride
away with $3500.


Along both courses, participants
can collect “Snowflakes,” which are raffle tickets for an array of kickass prizes
ranging from gift certificates at local retailers to a custom REEB bike frame
valued at $2000.


Run
New in 2016 is a 5.8-mile run
starting and finishing at Sandstone Park in Lyons. Fast and flat, the single-track
course through red rock canyon is surrounded by dramatic scenery.



Party
Hot food and cold beer aplenty
will await participants at the Old Man Winter after-party, held at Oskar Blues
Grill and Brew in Lyons. Top athletes will be celebrated and prizes raffled
off. Guests can participate in contests and get free samples from sponsors and
vendors at Sandstone Park.



Details and Schtuff
Visit OldManWinterRally.com for registration, details and more!


Deviant’s Back!

 

Oskar Blues Brewery is grabbing 2016 by the horns, gearingup to release Deviant Dale’s IPA in January – the first seasonal incarnation ofa beer that has been in the brewery’s core lineup since ­­2012. Fans of thebrew, previously accustomed to year-round availability, are eagerly awaitingthe release. “This year’s Deviant is worth the wait,” said Tim Matthews, Headof Brewing Operations. “Fans will be very pleased when they get it – it’s backto its roots.”

 

Those roots grew out of a happy accident. Deviant Dale’s IPAwas first created when the wrong bag of grain was used in a batch of Dale’sPale Ale. When the brewers realized the mistake, they took their blooper instride, resolving to salvage the brew. They fixed it up with a liberaldry-hopping and the result was impishly good.

 

This beast of a beer had serious potential, so the OBB teamtested subsequent batches on a willing group of guinea pigs – regulars at OskarBlues Grill & Brew in Lyons. “Lyons folk are gritty extremists,” laughedMatthews. They urged the brewers to make the beer more intense, bigger,hoppier, and generally more badass with each batch. The brewers complied,stirring the mash with a pitchfork over a raging fire and the screams of theeternally damned (or so one could imagine).

 

After years of tweaking, the 2011 version of Deviant Dale’sIPA won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in theAmerican-style India Pale Ale category – widely regarded as the contest’s mostcompetitive class. The award-winning beer quickly became a year-round staple,available in a 16-ounce can. Screaming in at 8% ABV and 85 IBUs, it was a big,cloven-hoofed beer in a monster-sized can.

 

In recent years, Deviant Dale’s IPA evolved slightly. Thepunchy, floral Centennial hops that are a keystone of the recipe werechallenging to get due to limited supply. They’re simultaneously finicky togrow and variable in yield – basically the prima donna of hops.  DeviantDale’s remained devilishly good, maintaining an impressive Rate Beer score of90 and attracting a cult following of craft beer drinkers.

 

So why did OBB decide to make Deviant Dale’s IPA a seasonaloffering this year?  Brewing seasonally will allow OBB to use the qualityand quantity of Centennial hops that is expected from Deviant Dale’s IPA. “The hops for this season’s brew are insanely fresh. In fact, they werepelletized just weeks ago. We’re taking advantage of a small window [fromwhich] we can get optimal flavors,” explained Matthews. “This beer loves to befresh.”

 

The 2016 embodiment of Deviant Dale’s is expected to becitrusy, spicy, and dank; with less vegetable-like tones than in recent years.Floral, aromatic Centennial hops and herbal Columbus team up to slap you on thetongue. Big, bold, and revamped, Deviant Dale’s will storm onto shelves in anew 12-ounce can in January, perfect for colder months as it has, as Matthewssays, “an intense warming aspect” – the polite way of saying a taste ofsweet, sweet hellfire.

 

Is your New Year’s resolution to be a little more Deviant?Check the Oskar Blues Brewery BeerFinder to locate Deviant Dale’s IPA near you.

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