Oskar Blues Brewery is a craft brewery located in Longmont, Colorado. The company began as a restaurant in Lyons in 1997 and began brewing beer in the basement in 1999. Five years later, they became one of the first to issue craft beer in cans. In 2012, they began marketing craft beer in resealable aluminum containers, and in 2013, they expanded and established another brewery in Brevard, North Carolina.
Oskar Blues Restaurant was founded by Dick Dale Katechis in Lyons, Colorado in 1997. Two years later, they began brewing beer in the basement of the restaurant. Some credit Oskar Blues as the creator of the “first released canned craft beer in the United States” with the release of their Dale’s Pale Ale in November 2002. Their product is distributed exclusively in cans or resealable aluminum containers. They are the largest craft brewery (by volume) in the U.S. to eschew glass bottles. In 2011, they produced and canned 59,000 barrels of beer. In 2013, they employed over 275 people and distributed to 32 states. The company was ranked Colorado’s second largest craft brewery and the 27th largest in the U.S. in 2012. and predicted they would brew 141,000 barrels of beer in 2013. The Colorado facility grew to 35,000 square feet (3,300 m2) by 2013.
Dale’s Pale Ale
ABV: 6.5% IBU: 65
This voluminously hopped mutha delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish. Oskar Blues launched its canning ops in 2002, brewing and hand-canning Dale’s Pale Ale in the Lyons, ColoRADo, brewpub. America’s first-craft-canned mountain Pale is a hearty, critically acclaimed trailblazer that changed the way craft beer fiends perceive portable beer.
Mama’s Little Yella Pils
ABV: 5.3% IBU: 35
Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an uncompromising, small-batch version of the beer that made Pilsen, Czech Republic, famous. Unlike mass market “pilsners” diluted with corn & rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, German specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While its rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping and low ABV make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher.
ABV: 8% IBU:
This jaw-dropping Scottish strong ale is brewed with bodacious amounts of malted barley and specialty grains, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malt. Old Chub features semi-sweet flavors of cocoa and coffee, and a wee-bit of smoke. A head-turning treat for malt heads and folks who think they don’t dig dark beer.
ABV: 10% IBU: 100+
Gubna was bred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBUs by cranking up the complexity of hops by pouring Cascade on top of copious amounts of Summit, then balancing that with a backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. GUBNA’s post-fermentation dry-hopping with both hops allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced, spicy-yet-round middle, and a brisk, clean bitter finish.
ABV: 10.5% IBU: 98
A titanic stout scaled with an inimitable flavor blast of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee. A roasty blanket of malt smoothes out Ten FIDY’s hefty 98 IBUs and surprising 10.5 percent ABV. Enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops that have to be hand-loaded into the mash tun make Ten FIDY our ultimate celebration of dark, boundary-stretching beer.