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Colorado welcomes Perrin Brewing Company to craft beer scene

Located just off the beaten path in Comstock, MI, Perrin Brewing has earned a cult like following with beer drinkers that until now have been confined to the Grand Rapids area. Beginning next week, that beer is headed to Colorado.

The burgeoning brewery’s buzz stems from head brewer, John Stewart’s, sought after and award winning creations initially only available at the Perrin brewpub.  Perrin’s reputation within the strong Michigan craft beer scene led to a near ubiquitous draft launch across the state driving the brewery to nearly 15,000 barrels in just a few years.  After a collaborative partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery expanded sought after, draft-only brews to cans last year as the distinction of Perrin’s creative and quality brews heightened.

Colorado craft beer fans will be the first out-of-state scene to get their hands ondraft and cans of Perrin’s core beers: 98 Problems IPA, No Problems “A Session IPA”, and Perrin Black Ale. Perrin Brewing’s current seasonal beer, the hotly anticipated Grapefruit IPA, will also be available now followed by Blackberry IPA later this summer. These brews will be available at retail throughout Colorado as well as at Oskar Blues taprooms and fooleries.

Through our collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewery we’ve felt a natural extension of our hometown passion for craft beer.  We’ve been blown away with the Colorado craft beer scene and we’re excited to bring Perrin’s commitment to quality to the home of craft beer in-a-can.” stated Keith Klopcic, President of Perrin Brewing.

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Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation Raises $1m in First Year

After just its first year in operation, the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation has raised a million dollars that aided victims of the severe flooding that struck Colorado’s Front Range in September 2013.

Although the Foundation’s initial focus in the first year was maximizing fundraising efforts for flood victims, it also developed national partnerships in a variety of focus areas, including outdoor recreation, arts and music, and environmental sustainability.

Lyons, ColoRADo, is still home to the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew. When Oskar Blues Soul Founder Dale Katechis learned of other local businesses that suffered damage, some so severely that they were in jeopardy of closing their doors permanently, he jumped into action. Starting with a personal donation of $150,000, Dale reached out to the craft brewing industry and fans of Oskar Blues, and issued a matching challenge through the end of 2013. In just three months, CAN’d Aid raised and distributed $515,000 for flood relief and recovery efforts, directly assisting 235 families, 65 businesses and five organizations.

While CAN’d Aid continues to work directly with the Town of Lyons to support flood-related projects, the Foundation’s focus has expanded to include the original concepts that Dale had in mind pre-flood.

The Foundation focuses on “Grassroots Grants”–a concept that celebrates the little guy with a big idea. By incorporating specific program areas, Tunes (music, arts & culture); Towns (disaster relief); Treads & Trails (outdoor pursuits/health & wellness); Love Yer Mama (sustainability & recycling); and throwing in a wild card, Total CANarchy (anything goes). One year after its launch, CAN’d Aid Foundation has emerged as a funky, unique and utterly atypical nonprofit organization.

“As our official transportation sponsor, CAN’d Aid makes it possible every day for 160 kids and teens from all over our county to travel to our Club by bus. The funds enabled us to expand our bus fleet, allowing kids faster and safer access to our programs, including outdoor excursions focusing on healthy and fit lifestyles, community service opportunities, and arts & music instruction,” says Jackie Witherspoon of the Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.

“Love Yer Mama” offers recycling-specific grants to groups interested in starting sustainable recycling programs and incorporates education about the benefits of aluminum packaging over glass or plastic. A national recycling initiative, which the foundation kicked off in June with help from The Alcoa Foundation, Ball Foundation and Novelis, is gaining momentum and will soon incorporate OB-centric recycling hubs in both Longmont, CO, and Brevard, NC.

In addition to the $700,000 CAN’d Aid has given for ColoRADo flood recovery efforts, an additional $150,000 has gone toward grassroots community projects all over the U.S. Oskar Blues Brewery matches every dollar raised by CAN’d Aid, and people are starting to notice. ColoRADo Governor John Hickenlooper has repeatedly applauded the Foundation’s work and recently cited CAN’d Aid as being instrumental in helping Lyons rebuild. Boulder-based eTown, a nationally syndicated radio program, recently awarded Dale and the Foundation their E-chievement award for giving back and having a tremendous impact in that community. (To hear Katechis’ video interview with e-Town hosts Nick & Helen Forster, visit www.etown.org). The Colorado Rockies Baseball Club and Rockies Foundation have also supported CAN’d Aid generously, and Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer recently named CAN’d Aid as his charity of choice, resulting in a $7500 gift from Chevrolet through his Roberto Clemente Award nomination.

As CAN’d Aid enters year two, there is no sign of slowing down. Big focus areas will include partnering with nationally touring bands to fund “TUNES” programs and working with groups like Grassroots Outdoor Alliance and bike-centric companies to increase funding for “TREADS & TRAILS” programs.

For more information about the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation, to make a donation or to get involved, visit www.foundation.oskarblues.com.

No Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA for Ohio. Sob.

Non-Ohio hopheads rejoice! Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA is on the delivery truck and heading for taps and shelves near you.

Lovers of the hoppy brew in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, Florida, Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Indiana, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C. should be seeing it soon.  (Tennessee is still waiting on approval).

Unfortunately, for those of us in Ohio (and Georgia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Vermont and South Carolina), 120 Minute IPA is over our alcohol cap. Time for a road trip to Indiana or Kentucky!

To find retailers near you where 120 Minute IPA has been delivered, check the Fish Finder!

Ten Fidy Imperial Stout now available nationwide

ten-fidyThe 2014 limited release of Oskar Blues Brewery’s award-winning seasonal, Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, hits all 35 states where Oskar Blues is sold in September, inspiring dark beer lovers to go cross-eyed.

This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hides a hefty 65 IBUs underneath its smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5% ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.

The name of this boundary-stretching beer has multiple meanings–it is what you think, and it isn’t–at the same time.

The CANcupiscent seasonal, which has bulldozed beer lovers everywhere, will be available at your favorite watering holes and retailers and restaurants starting in September. Find it if you CAN.

Following the successful release of Oskar Blues spring seasonal, GUBNA, the FIDY will be available until February 2015 (or until it sells out). Need a holiday gift or a special something to take to that holiday party? Robustly-appealing Ten FIDY could be your answer.

Ten FIDY has been showered with accolades that almost stand up to the size of this behemoth-in-a-can, including:

  • “The biggest, baddest, boldest beer in a can” Celebrator Beer News
  • “2008 Beer of the Year” The Denver Post
  • “100 Rating” Ratebeer.com
  • “A-Rating” Beeradvocate.com
  • Gold Medal – 2010 and 2012 World Beer Championships
  • “Top 51 Beers” 2011 Beer Magazine

Ten FIDY is an unyielding, pertinacious beer that requires monster strength to make. This brew is constructed with colossal amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY’s nearly 5000-pound grain bill is just short of 50 percent specialty malts, which are packaged in 55-pound bags and loaded into the mills by hand. The tremendous bags of oats are poured directly into the mash tuns. The oats and rice hulls must be lugged up 20-odd stairs to the top of the brew decks.

Like all of Oskar Blues’ beers, Ten FIDY is brewed at both their ColoRADo and North Carolina breweries and shipped fresh to nearby states. Don’t worry, though, this stout cellars well–recent release parties at both brewery tap rooms offered up 2012, 2013 and 2014 FIDY vintages to clamoring stout enthusiasts.

“Brewing Ten FIDY is unlike any of the other beers we make. We have to mash-in two batches just to get one kettle filled because we only take the most concentrated wort from each mash. It’s a labor intensive process, but this is part of how we make Ten FIDY so unique, rich, and complex,” says Oskar Blues NC Brewery Manager Noah Tuttle.

Ten FIDY is packaged in 12-ounce CANS and sold in 4-pack carriers, as well as on draft at craft beer retailers, growler fill shops, restaurant, bars and more.

Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation launches recycling program

Craft-CAN beer pioneer Oskar Blues knows a little something about aluminum, so it makes sense that the brewery’s non-profit, The CAN’d Aid Foundation, is launching a national aluminum recycling program.

With generous grants from long-time partners, The Ball and Alcoa Foundations, CAN’d Aid’s first national initiative will kick off this summer and concentrate on CAN recycling education and activation.

CAN’d Aid will offer funky and unique programs, focused on keeping aluminum in the recycling stream. “Grassroots Recycling Grants,” funded by Ball and Alcoa, are now available for communities, organizations and individuals interested in starting sustainable recycling programs. CAN’d Aid will provide seed money and equipment to kick off initiatives to those who apply and outline a plan for awesome results (www.foundation.oskarblues.com/funding-areas/loveyermama).

Novelis, the world’s largest aluminum recycler, and ColoRADo-based ZeroHero will work directly with successful grant applicants to provide education, training, on-site support and reporting. ZeroHero’s unique recycling stations effectively corral all recyclable and compostable materials and have helped countless organizations make the move toward less waste.

The goal of the grants is to empower motivated and passionate individuals to make a difference in their communities through recycling. The educational components of the program focus on the benefits of “infinitely recyclable” aluminum and include online webinar training and event coaching from ZeroHero.

Among the first to be awarded a recycling grant was Eau Claire County Recycling, which oversees recycling and waste removal for the entire county of Eau Claire, Wisconsin (population 100,000). The organization was awarded 10 recycling stations plus cash to implement recycling programs at their annual summer “Taste of the Valley” culinary arts festival and weekly concert series.

“CAN’d Aid provided us with the tools, education and training to implement this program, and we’re able to effect real change and produce measureable results around recycling. We are grateful to the foundation and ZeroHero, and look forward to seeing how many pounds of recyclable materials we collect this summer as a result,” said Amanda Haffele, Director of Eau Claire County Recycling.

Western North Carolina Alliance, an environmental advocacy group based in Asheville, NC, also has been awarded a recycling grant. WNCA will provide on-site recycling support at the Oskar Blues Burning CAN Beer Festival on July 5, and afterwards will place the recycling stations into permanent use throughout Western North Carolina.

Since announcing the program, CAN’d Aid has awarded $12,000 in cash and 18 reusable recycling stations have been granted to four nonprofits across the country. Funds and equipment are still available and the foundation’s goal is to award at least a dozen more applicants this summer and fall and continue the program in 2015.

In addition to recycling grants, consumers will have the opportunity to participate in the #ShowUsYurCans social media campaign by posting photos and stories of how they’re making a difference through recycling all summer long. As part of the Oskar Blues Ordeal, CAN’d Aid has set a goal to recycle one million cans by the end of the year.

For the past two years, Oskar Blues has offered the Oskar Blues Ordeal bus tours for a backstage view into all Oskar Blues ColoRADo locations, including the brewery, farm, restaurants and REEB Cycles during the Great American Beer Festival in the fall. Check out a chance to win a trip to the 2014 Oskar Blues Ordeal (ColoRADo) by signing up & recycling at http://www.obordeal.com/.

Look for details about incentives and prizes associated with #ShowUsYurCans in Draft Magazine and enter to win at obordeal.com.

Want to get involved? Apply for a Grassroots Recycling Grant (www.foundation.oskarblues.com/funding-areas/loveyermama), help make a difference, and #ShowUsYurCans!

Oskar Blues REEB Ranch Launches World-Class Beer and Bike Destination in Western North Carolina

Oskar Blues 1Oskar Blues Brewery‘s new 145-acre farm will serve Western North Carolina as an epic beer and bike-fueled destination. Located about 8 miles from the Brevard-based Oskar Blues brewery, which opened in December 2012, the former Shoal Falls Farm soon will be a haven for mountain bikers, a place to grow hops, pasture land for spent grain-fed cows, and a music & event space, all against the beautiful backdrop of Dupont State Forest.

The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch will be home to The Bike Farm (http://www.bikefarmpisgah.com), an established bike guide and concierge service, owned by Cashion Smith and Eva Surls. The REEB Ranch/Bike Farm team envisions creating a world-class biking destination for the whole family at the site, which will offer a bike park and direct trail access to Dupont’s miles of single track.

Cycling has always been a huge part of Oskar Blues’ culture and was a huge reason that soul-founder Dale Katechis chose Western North Carolina as the home for a second brewery. “Western North Carolina rings true with the same eclectic mountain energy that inspired Oskar Blues to put Dale’s Pale Ale in a can,” Katechis says.

The name REEB Ranch pays homage to REEB Cycles (http://www.reebcycles.com), Oskar Blues hand-made bike company based in ColoRADo. A stable of demo REEB Mountain Bikes & Dirt Jump rigs are available at the REEB Ranch.

Oskar Blues 2“It’s important to us to keep that trail-side camaraderie in the community,” Katechis says. “We’ve been able to integrate our passions of the brewery, farm, restaurants and REEB Cycles into much of what we do–the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch continues that effort.”

Oskar Blues has kept a grassroots, hands-on feel with ColoRADo projects such as REEB Cycles and the Hops & Heifers Farm, which provides home-grown beef, pork and vegetables to four Oskar Blues restaurants, including a new CHUBurger at Coors Field in Denver. The Oskar Blues REEB Ranch continues that grassroots path in Western North Carolina.

Construction on the REEB Ranch bike park has already begun, and rides from the property will start rolling soon.

The ranch creates a ride-in, ride-out experience with direct Dupont State Park single-track access, pump track sessions, dirt jump progression lines and post ride beers alongside the swimming hole. On-site lodging includes a 1940s cabin at the base of two 43-foot waterfalls and an apartment on the top floor of a venue-perfect barn, while tent camping is also available.

Oskar Blues 3“Whether it’s brewing beer, building bikes, or creating one of the East Coast’s most impressive bike parks, Dale likes to dream big and enable big dreams for his partners,” Smith says.

Oskar Blues 4For the past two years, Oskar Blues has offered the Oskar Blues Ordeal bus tours for a backstage view into all Oskar Blues ColoRADo locations including the brewery, farm, restaurants & bike company during the Great American Beer Festival in the fall. Check out a chance to win a trip to the 2014 Oskar Blues Ordeal (ColoRADo) by signing up & recycling at http://www.obordeal.com/.

New Belgium donates 100% of California Route’s profits

California Route, the collaboration organic lager between New Belgium Brewing and Patagonia Inc. raised $23,055. The money went to flood recovery efforts in Larimer County, Colo., which is home to New Belgium Brewing and where devastating floods caused extensive damage last September. One hundred percent of the special edition brew’s profits went to the United Way Long-Term Recovery Fund for Larimer County Floods.  
 
“So many of our neighbors are still suffering from the Larimer County flooding last fall, and this gift will go a long way to helping these families find stability again,” said Gordan Thibedeau, President & CEO of United Way of Larimer County. “The Long-Term Recovery Group is working with flood survivors every day to address their ongoing needs for rebuilding their homes and lives after this devastating disaster. This donation will make an incredible difference for these recovering Coloradoans.”
 
California Route was a great success, and sold a total of 7,937 cases across 17 states and the District of Columbia. Almost half of all sales came from Colorado (46%), with 23 percent of all cases sold in Fort Collins. The next two top-selling states were North Carolina and California, each with 640 sold cases, or 8 percent of all sales. With Colorado and Larimer County a clear recipient of most sales, the donation made sense to stay in New Belgium’s hometown.
 
“What’s incredible is how many people stepped up to help. With almost half of sales coming from Colorado this was a great case of neighbors helping neighbors in need,” said Bryan Simpson, New Belgium’s PR Director. “Many of us at the brewery were either personally affected by the flooding or knew people who were, so donating all the profits of California Route to help with the relief efforts just made sense.”
 
Patagonia approached New Belgium with the idea of a beer collaboration in order to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and played a key role throughout the development of the beer, which came out in November, 2013. California Route organic lager was canned for adventure and, consistent with Patagonia’s long-standing commitment to organics, the beer was brewed with certified organic ingredients.
 
For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com.

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.

New Belgium’s latest collaboration with Wicked Weed Brewing to be tapped March 8th

New Belgium Brewing teamed up with Wicked Weed Brewing to brew a collaboration beer in Fort Collins last fall.

A limited amount of the collaboration beer –a Brettanomyces IPA or Brett IPA– has made it to the East Coast. The East Coast tapping will occur at Wicked Weed’s Brewpub downstairs taproom at 91 Biltmore Ave. with representatives from both breweries on Saturday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.

Wicked Weed owners and brothers, Luke and Walt Dickinson, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with our brewer, Matty Gilliland after meeting at a beer dinner hosted at Wicked Weed’s brewpub. And, we jumped at the opportunity to work with them!

Last September 2013, the Dickinson’s came to Fort Collins to brew a 15 barrel batch of Brettanomyces IPA on our pilot system. Wicked Weed brought spelt from Asheville local Riverbend Malt House (love us some Riverbend!), and we contributed our Brettanomyces strain as well as a developmental hop variety.

“Brewing at New Belgium was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had making beer,” said Luke Dickinson.

The Colorado tapping and first release of the Brett IPA took place in Denver last fall – when the beer was about a month and a half old – during the 2013 Great American Beer Fest. Now, six months later, the beer is slated to be tapped March 8th on the east coast.

“This is a terrifically complex beer with a host of various flavors simmering at threshold level,” said Matty Gilliland, New Belgium Process Analyst, after his first tasting of the beer in Denver, “One can pick up notes of different fruits, herbs and even a black currant flavor. The bretta has a candied pineapple thing going on now, but will likely change over time.”