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Oskar Blues rolls out Old Chub Nitro cans nationally

Fresh off a limited Old Chub Scotch Ale Nitro launch at the Craft Brewers Conference in April, Oskar Blues Brewery will begin distributing the first American craft nitro beer in a can nationally. The nitro version of Old Chub has been modified from 8% ABV to 6.9% ABV to ensure full pint pours rather than 8-ounce or 10-ounce “tulip” or “rocks” glass pours as a result of the high ABV.

The original brobdingnagian Old Chub Scotch Ale 12-ounce cans will remain at 8% ABV. When you combine the drinkability of the Nitro pour and the increased serving size of the over-pint 16.4 ounce Nitro can, 6.9% ABV allows beer drinkers a chance to enjoy more CANs.  The new Nitro cans will begin shipping next week to all 35 states that Oskar Blues distributes to, alongside the original 12-ounce Old Chub cans.

“The nitro style allows beer lovers to go deeper into the chocolaty, smoky, smooth mouth-feel and complex, rich malty flavors of the Old Chub Scotch Ale,” says Jeremy Rudolf, Oskar Blues Beer Traffic Control Freak. “Retailers and beer drinkers alike are looking for full pint pours.  Moving the ABV from 8% to 6.9% will let bars and restaurants pour full pints of Old Chub Nitro, and we’re stoked for more people to have their mind blown with theuber-silky smooth oral experience when they try one of our best-selling brews in a new way.  Why 16.4 ounces? Because that’s all the Old Chub we could cram in there.”

After years of experimenting with putting fresh draft beers on nitro, Oskar Blues Brewery decided to take the next step and insert the robustly complex Old Chub into a Nitro’ d can.  Both internal and taproom trials were part of the new formulation process, and the 6.9% version measured up in taste to the 8% version while many liked the ability to have more than one.

“This wasn’t an easy undertaking but in the end, we were able to craft the most appropriate incarnation of Old Chub for the Nitro style,” says brewer Juice Drapeau, who was a driving force in the project.

Nitro refers to the addition of Nitrogen (N2) gas to the carbonation process.  Nitrogen bubbles are smaller than CO2 bubbles and they don’t get along, so they react with and displace each other, creating the signature “cascade” when allowed to agitate, which contributes to the thick, creamy mouth feel of nitro brews. In the can, the special nitro widget releases Nitrogen gas into the beer when it’s opened, causing the beer to cascade.  On draft, a special piece of tap equipment called a restrictor plate forces the nitrogenated beer through tiny holes to help provide that necessary friction to create the Nitro cascade.

The self-dubbed “CHUB TRUST” pushed the innovation of a quality nitro experience in a can with the help of The Ball Corporation. Old Chub Nitro utilizes an existing widget technology developed by Ball. The Nitro widget is attached to the bottom of the can and is charged with nitrogen during the filling process. The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened-liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.

Old Chub Nitro will continue to be available in 16.4-ounce 4-pack cans priced in line with Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Old Chub 12-ounce 6-packs.

Check out videos of Old Chub Nitro via the Oskar Blues Youtube page HERE & HERE. #oldchubnitro #overpint

Oskar Blues releases 2014 Craft Brewers Conference Commemorative Centennial Pale Ale

The 2014 CBC Commemorative Beer is an innovative collaborative project involving 145 Colorado Brewers Guild member brewers.  For months, Colorado brewers have been developing dozens of ideas for this special brew.   The official 2014 CBC beer will be called Centennial Pale Ale in connection with Colorado being known as the Centennial State.

The Centennial Pale Ale is the first American craft beer to use the Ball Corporation’s new Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology.   The variable print technology will create a collection of cans that will spell “CBC Colorado 2014” when aligned with the full collection of cans available to CBC attendees.  In addition to the Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology the Centennial Pale Ale demonstrates the innovative nature of Colorado’s craft beer culture by being the first ever CBC collaboration beer to be packaged in a can, a 19.2 oz. single serve can that was introduced to the US market in 2013.

Centennial Pale Ale:

  • Colorado is known as the Centennial State.
  • First ever CBC Collaboration brew with 100% ingredients from the host state.  Brewed with Colorado ingredients including Colorado grown Centennial Hops.
  • The Centennial Pale Ale demonstrates the innovative nature of Colorado’s craft beer culture by being the first ever CBC collaboration beer to be packaged in a can.
  • The beer will be packaged in 19.2 ounce single serve cans, first introduced in 2013 by Ball Corporation.
  • The Centennial Pale Ale will be the first American craft beer to use the Ball Corporation’s new Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology.
  • Centennial Pale Ale was brewed and canned at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado on Monday, February 24 @ 10:00 am.

Sponsors and Partners:

Beer Ingredients: All ingredients and supplies were donated by the following companies:

  • Colorado Malting Company – Malt
  • Colorado Hop Yard – Hops
  • Rising Sun Hop Farms – Hops
  • High Wire Hops – Hops
  • Todd Hopps – Hops
  • Oskar Blues Hops and Heifers Farm – Hops
  • New Belgium Brewing – Hops
  • The Brewing Science Institute – Yeast
  • Ball Corporation – 19.2 ounce cans and Dynamark™ Variable Printing Technology
  • Oskar Blues Brewery – Host Brewery
  • Strange Brewery – Brewed test batches on pilot system

Find Centennial Pale Ale During the Craft Brewers Conference Week in Denver.

Wednesday April 9th – Star Bar – CANARCHY  http://www.starbardenver.com/

Friday April 11th – Fresh Craft – Extrava CANza   http://freshcraft.com/

Saturday April 12th – Star Bar – CBC Encore  http://www.starbardenver.com/

On Draft & Cans at:

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom – http://brew.oskarblues.com/breweries/longmont/tasty-weasel/

Falling Rock Taphouse – http://fallingrocktaphouse.com/

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – http://luckypiepizza.com

Hyatt Regency – http://denverregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

All 145 Colorado Brewers Guild member brewers were invited to the brew day on February 24th, 2014 at Oskar Blues Brewery.

Sierra Nevada becomes official beer of USA Pro Challenge

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., one of America’s premier craft breweries, is returning to the USA Pro Challenge as a founding partner for the 2014 professional cycling race. In a three-year agreement, Sierra Nevada will be the official beer partner of the world-class cycling race and will have a sizeable on-site presence in the finish festival beer gardens. Additionally, the coveted King of the Mountains jersey, worn previously by fan-favorite Jens Voigt, will be entitled by the craft brewer.

“Sierra Nevada was such an important partner during the inaugural edition of the USA Pro Challenge in 2011, and we’re looking forward to having them back for many years,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “With roots in the sport of cycling, Sierra Nevada will bring the company’s signature brews to our huge crowds of cycling enthusiasts.

With three decades of innovation and experimentation in the brewhouse, Sierra Nevada brings to the race a unique cycling history. A cyclist from an early age, Sierra Nevada Founder Ken Grossman skipped his high school graduation ceremony in 1972, opting instead for a bicycle tour along the Northern California coast. It led him to visit and fall in love with Chico, Calif., where he soon moved and combined long days working in bike shops with long nights building the first Sierra Nevada brewhouse.

Grossman instilled in the brewery a bike culture that’s unavoidable today: repurposed kegs as bike racks, public bike tools and maintenance stand, and even hand-built beer bikes that take people on tours of the grounds. Voted the most cycle-friendly place to work in Chico by the city and awarded as a silver level bicycle-friendly business by the League of American Bicyclists, Sierra Nevada will bring the beer that helped launch the American craft beer movement to professional cycling.

“What I loved and learned about bikes growing up translated pretty well to the crazy idea of building a brewery,” said Grossman. “Whether it’s riding a bike or maintaining one, cycling does a lot to shape you. It’s a sport and ethos that’s been great to see thrive at our brewery, and we’re fortunate and excited to again support the USA Pro Challenge—such a premier event and group of athletes.”

Dubbed “America’s Race,” the fourth annual USA Pro Challenge’s seven stages will take riders throughout the state of Colorado from Aug. 18-24. Beginning in Aspen, the race winds its way through the towering Rocky Mountains, through the cycling towns of Colorado Springs and Boulder, to the finish in Denver. The race challenges the sport’s toughest professional cyclists to compete on the epic course consisting of lung-busting climbs, winding mountain passes and heart-pounding sprints.

Oskar Blues posts 42% growth in first two months of 2013

Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery continues to build on its 52% growth in 2012 by posting 42% YTD increase through February 2013 and launching the state of Michigan in the first week of March.  Michigan, known as a hop-savvy state, fits Oskar Blues’ hop-centric approach well represented by Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant IPA, G’Knight Imperial Red IPA and the recently release seasonal (March to May) GUBNA Imperial IPA.  The original craft brewery in-a-can is poised to reach 125,000 cases this year in Michigan and continue to open additional markets throughout 2013.

“Michigan has a great beer scene fueled by quality breweries; we’re excited to be a adding our voluminous, three-dimensional craft beers-in-a-can to the Michigan mix.” said Oskar Blues’ Regional Sales Manager Nick Lensing.

Last year, Oskar Blues expanded distribution to new markets for the first time in four years.  The markets: Chicago, Ohio, Northern Kentucky and founder Dale Katechis’ home state of Alabama each established the largest craft beer launch in their territories history topped by 14,000+ case equivalents during the first week in Ohio.

Oskar Blues’ continued growth is a result of a new Brevard, NC brewery and taproom that began providing fresh and local beer to Oskar Blues East Coast markets in January.  The Brevard, NC can is pictured to the left.  In addition to the Brevard, NC location the brewery invested $3.5 million in improvements to its Longmont, CO facility in 2012.  Oskar Blues has grown to become the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans, producing 85,750 barrels of beer in 2012, and is on pace for 128,000 barrels in 2013.

Watch Oskar Blues Brewery’s new video HERE via YouTube.

“Cascade Cup” Awarded to Hop Grower Van Horn Farms

The Hop Quality Group, a non-profit organization pursuing the mission of promoting open communication between Craft Brewers and hop growers, today announced Van Horn Farms as the winner of the Cascade Cup. The Cascade Cup is awarded each year to the hop grower whose sample of Cascade hops demonstrates excellence in quality to a panel of judges representing the 14 craft brewers involved in the Hop Quality Group.

Cascade Cup

Judging of 14 cuts of dried whole flower Cascade samples was carried out in the research and development department of Sierra Nevada Brewery, who were playing host to the 57th Annual American Hop Convention and Hop Research Council Winter Meeting. The judges, who between them represented nearly two centuries of hop evaluation experience, probed, pressed, rubbed and sniffed the hops for an hour before declaring a winner. Van Horn Farms emerged victorious, with Golden Gate Farms (S.S. Steiner) as 1st Runner-up and Sodbuster Farms as 2nd Runner-up.

The first US-bred hop to be released by the United States Department of Agriculture’s hop breeding program, Cascade was made commercially available in 1971. Within 15 years it became popular within the nascent American craft brewing industry, eventually coming to nearly define the flavor American “microbrewed” beer in the 1990s. The Cascade hop remains a backbone of American craft beer hop character. The aromatics of the Cascade hop can be described as bright, floral and citrusy, with notes of grapefruit and pine needles.

“Van Horn’s Cascades didn’t necessarily have the biggest, boldest aromatics on the table, but instead showed great intensity, finesse and a wonderful balance of the best elements we look for in Cascades. They were really beautiful,” said judge Val Peacock, a renowned hop researcher working with the Hop Quality Group.

Van Horn Farms was started in 1904 by a French Canadian family in Moxee, WA, and remains a family affair that still works some of its original acreage (and much more), growing Palisade®, Chinook, Cascade and Columbus hops.

The Cascade Cup trophy, a giant 14-inch hop cone hand-fashioned in glowing green glass and acrylic, was a delightful surprise to the assembled hop merchants and brewers in the Big Room at Sierra Nevada. “It looks like the top of a building”, said one.

The Hop Quality Group is a non-profit organization formed in 2010. The HQG’s work emphasizes research and development and best practices for hop cultivation and processing. Current members of the Hop Quality group are: Bell’s, Boulevard, Brooklyn, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Full Sail, New Belgium, New Glarus, Odell, Russian River, Samuel Adams, Sierra Nevada, Schlafly and Stone Brewing Co.

Beer News – Ash Wednesday edition

If you’re a good Catholic, you did all of your drinking yesterday for Fat Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on some beer news….

Woodchuck® Private Reserve Pink

Woodchuck® Cider recently released their Private Reserve Pink.

Vermont is part of what makes up Woodchuck® Hard Cider’s soul. With that in mind, they  launched their latest Private Reserve Cider.  Woodchuck® Pink is cider with its sights set on improving their local community.

Woodchuck® Pink will be hitting store shelves in the weeks ahead check our locator for where to find it in your area! The Woodchuck Locator.

21st Amendment Brewery Lowers “De Boom”

21st-amendment-lower-de-boom-barleywineHonoring tradition, but adding its signature creative twist, 21st Amendment Brewery today announced the release of Lower De Boom Barleywine, a powerfully balanced American-Style barleywine packed with citrusy hops. Co-founders Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico Freccia said they believe this is the first American craft beer ever to be packaged in an 8.4 ounce can, the perfect size for the traditional barleywine “nip.”

Notes Brewmaster O’Sullivan, “Historically, barleywines, with their high alcohol, were brewed for their winter warmer quality. The huge grain bill, intense hops and long conditioning time make this beer perfect for savoring from a snifter next to a roaring fire. Enjoy one now and lay another can down as this beer will age quite nicely as the hops pull back and the malt and complex flavors meld together.”

New Belgium goes Rampant with new Imperial IPA

Rampant_12oz_Bottle

New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a wide variety of award-winningbeers, continues its imaginative exploration of IPAs with its latest release – Rampant Imperial IPA. Rampant brings a happily bitter beer to New Belgium’s year-round portfolio, which also includes Ranger IPA and Shift.

A burly Imperial IPA, Rampant pours a pure copper and carries the sheen of a rightly hopped beer. The Mosiac and Calypso hops bring stonefruit, while the addition of Centennial hops nod towards citrus for a well-rounded aroma. The beer presents heavy peach tones with a profoundly bitter bite.

“Imperial IPAs take hoppy beers to the next level,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster Grady Hull. “Rampant packs a powerful wallop but it’s got the malt bill to back it up.”

Rampant is 8.5 percent ABV and 85 IBU. It’s available in 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles and on draft in most New Belgium markets.