B. Stiff and Son’s Old Fashioned Soda Pop Company – the kid-friendly branch of the Oskar Blues family tree – is introducing four new flavors of craft soda to their product lineup after years of serving the popular B. Stiff & Sons Root Beer, the top-selling local craft Root Beer in Colorado.
The soda was named for Brian Stiff, a Lyons, CO local, bike-riding buddy and father of two, who passed away unexpectedly in February 2012. A portion of soda proceeds continue to provide support for the Stiff family.
The four new flavors of small-batch sodas include: zingy Ginger Beer, citrusy sweet Orange Cream, redonkulously smooth Cream Soda, and sweet-and-tart Black Cherry – old-school flavors that the B. Stiff wizards reinvented with their own creative twists. The original Root Beer recipe is revamped as well, with a 20% reduction in sugar – a change made in response to root-beer loving consumer feedback. All B. Stiff & Sons products are gluten free and caffeine free.
“After years of serving our popular, home-brewed root beer in Oskar Blues restaurants, expanding the flavors and offering it with the advantages of the can package is something unique in craft soda,” said Sales Manager Geoff Hess.
B. Stiff & Sons is proud to offer these new flavors at top independent retailers throughout Colorado, Wyoming, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia; as well as at multiple large grocery retailers starting April 1st. The full line-up will remain available at all Oskar Blues restaurant locations; Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, Grill & Brew, CHUBurger, CyclHOPS and the new Denver, CO RiNo locations of CHUBurger and Hotbox Roasters Coffee Shop set to open in June of 2016.
“We’re projecting approximately 643% growth in 2016 based on current success and enthusiasm,” said Hess. “We’ve begun expansion in our brewing facility that will allow us to continue to be inventive with new creations.”
Oskar Blues Brewery announced the acquisition of Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing. Putting months of acquirement rumors to rest, the decision is driven by mutual irreverence, respect and desire to stay true to craft beer roots.
The combination stems from the want to take risks, sniff out bullsh*t and grow against-the-grain in an era of increasing competition within craft beer. The collaboration will match the years of large-scale growth, expansion expertise and resources of Oskar Blues with the strength of Cigar City’s local following to help both breweries strengthen their future position. Similarly to Oskar Blues, Cigar City’s award-winning brews are well known and respected within the craft community.
“Cigar City is facing next-level challenges and we needed to develop next-level skills and resources to meet them. But, we got into beer out of passion and an unwavering desire to travel our own path. We didn’t want to just shove our round peg into some f*cking square hole and hope for the best. Florida craft beer drinkers want something they can proudly stand behind. These guys get that. They wrote the book on keeping it real,” says Joey, founder of Cigar City Brewing. Joey will remain as CEO of Cigar City following the transaction.
Since 2009, Cigar City Brewing has achieved a near constant growth pattern reaching nearly 60,000 barrels in 2015, placing the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida on the craft beer map. The partnership will provide additional investment for Cigar City’s infrastructure growth within Florida.
“What Cigar City has done for the community of Florida craft beer is impressive. It’s important for our culture to do business with people we want to hang out with and Joey and the gang fit,” Dale Katechis, Soul Founder of Oskar Blues, stated about the new partnership.
Oskar Blues Brewery is the funky brewpub that started brewing beer in 1999 in the small town of Lyons, CO and is responsible for starting the craft beer-in-a-can movement in 2002 with Dale’s Pale Ale. In 2008, the brewery expanded down the street to Longmont, CO. and added an additional brewery in Brevard, NC in 2012. Oskar Blues brewed 192,000 barrels in 2015 and announced another brewery in Austin, TX scheduled to open in May of 2016.
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.
The 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.
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.
Oskar 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.
“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.
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 & 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/.
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, thus generating an uber-silky smooth oral experience for drinkers of this rich Scotch Ale. OLD CHUB NITRO will be released in the Denver market for the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference on April 8-11. National distribution will be determined following the Craft Brewers Conference.
Oskar Blues Brewery expanded their nitro program in 2009 under the leadership of brewer Juice Drapeau. After developing a high quality and consistent draft option, focusing on OLD CHUB, we also have nitro’d Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant IPA & G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, along with numerous small batch specialties. Quality control guy Michael Kohn has been instrumental in refining the entire process with Juice. Currently, more than 200 OLD CHUB NITRO draft handles are out there in the 34 states of Oskar Blues distribution.
The self-dubbed “CHUB TRUST” pushed the innovation of a quality nitro experience in a can with the help of The Ball Corporation http://www.ball.com/ . 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 liquid nitrogen during the filling process. The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened, liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.
“OLD CHUB Scotch Ale is a great beer that many folks haven’t found yet. The nitro style is the perfect mate for the brobdingnagian OLD CHUB SCOTCH ALE and the best way to get more CHUB in more places.” Says beer traffic control freak Jeremy Rudolf.
The nitro style allows beer lovers to go deeper into the smoky smooth mouth-feel and rich malty flavors of the Old Chub Scotch Ale. Both OLD CHUB Nitro & original OLD CHUB will remain in the market and are on tap at both Tasty Weasel Taprooms in Longmont and Brevard.
OLD CHUB NITRO will be available in 16-ounce 4-pack cans priced in line with Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils & Old Chub 12-ounce 6-packs. Find limited quantities of OLD CHUB NITRO cans during the CBC Friday, April 11th at select liquor stores & bars including: The Hyatt, Fresh Craft , Star Bar, Lucky Pie, Argonaut Wine & Liquor, Applejack Wine & Spirit, Superior Liquor, Hazel’s Beverage World, Davidson Liquor, Lucas Liquors, Bubbles and more.
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/
Falling Rock Taphouse – http://fallingrocktaphouse.
Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House – http://luckypiepizza.com
Hyatt Regency – http://denverregency.hyatt.
All 145 Colorado Brewers Guild member brewers were invited to the brew day on February 24th, 2014 at Oskar Blues Brewery.
Oskar Blues Brewery announced plans early this week to team up with nationally-touring bluegrass/high country band, The Infamous Stringdusters (http://thestringdusters.com/
The Grammy-nominated band known for adding a philanthropic touch to their tours chose to partner up with the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation (https://foundation.
Andy Hall, the band’s dobro player, is a resident of Lyons, CO—a town of just over 2,000 people that remained shut down for over a month due to damage (estimated at $1 billion) caused by the overflowing waters of the banks of the St. Vrain Creek. Hall recounts his decision to move to Boulder, CO over Charlottesville, VA in the first single the band has released in nearly two years, “The Road To Boulder”, featuring Bruce Hornsby on accordion. The single will be released as part of an EP that will also feature 3 other tracks recorded during the band’s live performance at the Bluegrass Underground. (Preview the EP at (https://soundcloud.com/
To help a community that embraced the ‘Dusters music from the beginning, the band has committed to donate $1 from every ticket sold to their December Road To Boulder tour and their February Ski Tour to the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Colorado Flood Relief Fund. (For a list of tour dates: http://thestringdusters.com/
The band will also donate all proceeds from sales of the single “The Road To Boulder” to the CAN’d Aid Foundation.
Fans of both Oskar Blues Brewery and The Infamous Stringdusters will have the opportunity to raise a glass together during pre-show events hosted by the brewery at venues along the tour. Updates on Oskar Blues & ‘Duster pre-show events can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/