Tuesday, April 12th 2016
Oskar Blues Launches New Strain of IPA CANUNDRUM Mix 12-Packs
Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC - Oskar Blues Brewery is bringing more variety to the canned craft-beer world with the addition of Oskar Blues IPA (6.43 ABV, 65-80 IBUs) to its popular mixed up 12-pack, CANundrum. Old Chub Scottish Ale will pull out of the CANundrum to be replaced by OB IPA.
OB IPA joins the existing CANundrum staples, Mama's Little Yella Pils, Dale's Pale Ale and Pinner Throwback IPA. Oskar Blues IPA, released in 2015 and immediately becoming a brewery favorite, features a variety of hand-selected, southern-hemisphere hops creating sweet aromas of passion fruit, raspberries, pineapple and citrus paired with a clean backbone and mouth-feel.
"Old Chub has been a steady staple, but with the popularity of OB IPA, we couldn't deny the introduction into CANundrum," said Tim Matthews, Oskar Blues' Head of Brewing Operations. "The flavor profile is a unique complement to the other brews in the lineup."
CANundrum launched in 2013 and has since become one of the brewery's top selling brands fueled by nearly 75% growth in 2015. CANundrum is an easy way to pick up four popular Oskar Blues brews for trips to the lake, trailside or at music festivals into one convenient pack.
Grab a CANundrum wherever you shop in the 49 states in which Oskar Blues is sold.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while producing 192,000 barrels in 2015. The original canned craft brewery continues push innovation with the announcement of an Austin, TX brewery in April of 2016 and creations like The Crowler while it distributes to 49 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K.
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Thursday, September 24th 2015
Oskar Blues Expands With Plans for Brewery in Austin, Texas
LONGMONT, Colo. and BREVARD, N.C. - Funky little Oskar Blues Grill & Brew started just under 18 years ago when Dale Katechis and his high school sweet-heart stumbled across the small town of Lyons, Colorado while on a road trip north from their home in Alabama. In 2012, that Rocky Mountain trip continued east as Oskar Blues Brewery expanded to a second home in the rolling hills of Pisgah National Forest of Brevard, North Carolina. Now, Dale and Oskar Blues are heading south to Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World, as another place to call home.
Oskar Blues, named "The hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado" by Rolling Stone because of its roots in the Colorado music scene, will open a brewery and taproom in Austin, TX by April 20, 2016. The brewery will continue its tradition of soul-savin' live music with a music venue as part of the taproom.
"North Carolina and Colorado are filled with amazing communities and experiences mingled with live music and Fu-CAN great craft beer scenes. The passion and rebellious nature of Austin locals, along with the food, craft beer and live music scenes create a vibe that already feels like home," says soul-founder Dale Katechis.
The brewery secured a 50,000 square foot brewery space including a 5,000 square foot taproom/music venue location at 10420 Metric Boulevard. Oskar Blues will brew the full line up of cans and draft with an initial capacity of 30,000 BBLs per year with potential build out capacity exceeding 100,000 BBLs.
"We continue to look at options to grow our brewery to the next level and the experience of opening a smaller, intimate taproom and brewery on a grassroots level in Brevard was a hell of a lot of fun. As we grow, it's important to find ways to stay small, engaged and intimate within the communities we want to spend our time in," says Dale.
Oskar Blues is known as the first craft brewery in the country to brew and hand-can their beer, which began in November 2002. Since then, Oskar Blues has continued explosive growth and is regarded as one of the fastest growing breweries in the country. In 2015, Oskar Blues earned a position in the top half of the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for the fifth year in a row and is ranked number 24 on the Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries list.
As the brewery and Colorado restaurants have been blessed with growth, Oskar Blues also works hard to keep that hands-on, grassroots feel by kicking off small projects like The Crowler, B Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer, Hotbox Coffee Roasters, North Carolina's REEB Ranch and handmade mountain bikes with REEB Cycles.
Check out Oskar Blues Brewery's NEW website at www.oskarblues.com and the Oskar Blues Austin Facebook page / @OskarBluesATX twitter for additional details. #OBAustin
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while approaching 200,000 barrels in 2015. The original canned craft brewery continues to stay innovative with releases like The Crowler. Oskar Blues Brewery currently distributes to 44 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. To keep up with all things Oskar Blues, visit http://www.oskarblues.com.
In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that community puts its spin on doin' good by supporting Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama programs in communities around the US.
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Wednesday, June 10th 2015
Oskar Blues Brewery in NC Expands Capacity and Infrastucture
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Tuesday, May 1st 2012
Oskar Blues & Sun King's Chaka
to be First Ever Craft Beer in
16 oz. Resealable Aluminum Bottles
OSKAR BLUES BREWERY AND SUN KING BREWERY COLLABORATE IN CRAFT BEER’S NEWEST CAN PACKAGE
Longmont, Colo –Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery and Indiana-based Sun King Brewery have created a CANlaboration project to unite the brewer’s friendship and passion for pushing the boundaries of craft beer in a can. The two brewers have traveled between locations for months and are excited to bring you CHAKA, a limited-release Belgian-style ale -- the first craft beer to be packaged in the Alumi-Tek® re-sealable pint bottle from Ball Corporation. CHAKA will be released May 3rd 2012, at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego in each attendee’s hotel room and special events throughout the weekend. The following week the brewers will make limited quantities at Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel and in Sun King’s home market.
The connection between these two breweries is deeper than the fact that they both can their beer. Oskar Blues head brewer, Dave Chichura, began his professional brewing career in Indianapolis fifteen years ago where he became friends with Dave Colt and Clay Robinson, the two brewers who created Sun King. The three friends have been talking for years about working together on a collaborative beer, so when the opportunity came to assist in the introduction of a new packaging option for craft beer, it was an easy yes.
The end result is an 8 percent A.B.V. Belgian-style ale crafted with a blend of ingredients from each brewery’s home state: Shagbark Hickory syrup from Hickoryworks in Trafalgar, Ind.; grain from Colorado Malting Company; and a special yeast blend from Brewing Science Institute, also in Colorado. Brewers from both breweries worked together to formulate the recipe and traveled between Colorado and Indiana to brew at both locations.
“Until we undertook this project, only large breweries and beverage companies had access to this type of packaging,” said Clay Robinson, Sun King co-founder. “Sun King and Oskar Blues worked closely with the Ball Corporation and Cask Brewing Systems to design and build a simple, functional small scale system that will allow craft brewers to take advantage of this unique packaging option.”
Oskar Blues is a pioneer in the craft canning movement as the first American craft brewery to can their beer with the release of Dale’s Pale Ale in 2002. They have grown to become the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans, producing 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011.
Sun King began crafting beer in the summer of 2009 and has grown to become one of Indiana’s largest breweries, producing nearly 10,000 barrels of beer in 2011. Sun King was the first Indiana craft brewery to can their beer and the first brewery ever to create a customizable can for their seasonal and specialty beer releases.
“Unique packaging like the Alumi-Tek bottle provides both Oskar Blues and Sun King the differentiation we need to make our limited-release beers and B.Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer (Oskar Blues Brewery) distinct from our core lines.” said Chad Melis, marketing director of Oskar Blues Brewery. “Craft beer in aluminum bottles is another step forward in the evolution of craft beer.”
image by Oskar Blues
CHAKA will be available in limited supply at Oskar Blues locations and to-go via The Tasty Weasel Taproom in $15.99 6-packs. You can get your hands on CHAKA and meet the brewers from both breweries at the below Craft Brewers Conference events in San Diego:
Wednesday May 2nd 9pm – BLIND LADY ALE HOUSE
Can Diego Event – Featuring Canned Craft Beer from 6 Industry leading Breweries
Thursday May 3rd 7pm – TIPSY CROW
CHAKA After Party – CHAKA plus Barrel Aged offerings from Oskar Blues Brewery.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched their craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. They were the first American craft brewery to can their beer. Today more than 173 craft breweries are canning their beers. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 41,000 barrels in 2010 and grew to 59,000 in 2011. Visit www.oskarblues.com for more information.
About Sun King Brewing Company
Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends – Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers – the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Sun King is the first full-scale production brewery in Indianapolis since Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central Indiana, Sun King has grown into the third-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company's commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information.
About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit www.ball.com
About Cask Brewing Systems
Cask Brewing Systems launched the canned craft beer revolution when it introduced affordable, small footprint, high-performance canning systems. Cask Brewing puts cans in the hands of craft brewers and their customers worldwide. Visit www.cask.com for more information.
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Tuesday, January 31st 2012
Q & A with Terry Kishiyama
(Oskar Blues Artist)
With the upcoming release of Deviant Dale's IPA, and this being the 10th Anniversary of Dale's Pale Ale in cans, we were interested in finding out more about Oskar Blues' as a brand. The artwork, the message and the theme. Perhaps you've noticed the initials "TK" on a can of Oskar Blues' beer, perhaps not, we honestly never did. They happen to stand for Terry Kishiyama. Terry is the graphic artist behind the branding that has helped Oskar Blues attain phenomenal growth in a very crowded craft beer industry. His imagery, can designs, and graphics are true works of art. We bombarded Terry with questions and he was gracious enough to answer all of them. Cheers Terry!
(CC) Can you give us a little background on yourself?
(TK) I have been practicing art most of my life, first award was 2nd place "Color Your Way to Disney", age 5, I won a Mickey Mouse watch and it made the newspaper in my home town - Scottsbluff, Nebraska, not too much goin on back then, worked as cartoonist at my high school newspaper and interned at small town papers in Nebraska during college- painted a ton in college, die the whole art major thing, sculpture, art history, building my own canvases and stretchers in the wood shop, never cut off any fingers, and after college, only art job I could score was as a signmaker for 3 years, making stuff, not really too creative, House For Sale By Owner signs and SALE banners....then moved to Colorado in Dec. 1999, experimented a lot with monotype printmaking and abstract sharpie art --while honing the graphic design and illustration skills at a printshop downtown on Pearl Street in Boulder called Eight Days a Week--created a lot of logos and marketing collateral, got my feet wet with brand identity and awareness.
(CC) When did you start working with Oskar Blues?
(TK) Started in, i think about 2003 or so, with some early magazine ads, most of the stuff since, has had my hand in the artwork. There's posters and events, etc where I am not involved too much, but when it comes to the beer/brewery image, I'm in there. We do a lot of truck wraps, novelty posters, merchandise --we're always working on the next round of ideas, the standard let's put a logo in the middle of a t-shirt ideas are chock full, so expect to see more seasonal and out-of-the box ideas that represent the Colorado lifestyle, suited for the outdoor enthusiast, who likes to dance by the fire and bark at the moon over a cold can of beer.
(CC) Did you design the first Dale's Pale Ale can?
(TK) Not the very first it was more Eastery pastel colors - the first ad i ever created for Dale --was for Frontier Airlines Magazine, they were serving it aboard --and I just used a sharpie, like John Madden football style, it sort of set a funky edgy advertising concept that still remains in the ads today, but the packaging turned to a more symbolic color design, circa 50s (before Psychadelics) like old Oil Cans back in the day.
(CC) What were the initial design elements that Oskar Blues wanted to include in the first can?
(TK) It was like I said, the stripe down the middle of a football helmet and a retro idealogy with a throw-back feel, 2 or 3 spot color hand-made look and some Evel Knievel smothered on top....
(CC) How would you describe the graphic theme for the lineup of Oskar Blues' cans? What design qualities are similar across the styles?
(TK) If you take an image of all the cans -and turn em all black & White, and squint at them, they all look pretty similar, same bloodline, we have some USA stars / stripes and some Mountains & Sunrays thay symbolize the blue skies and hilly climbs in coloRADo...
(CC) What are the challenges you face when designing the artwork for a can of beer?
(TK) The challenge is that I just found out this beer art needs to go to the Feds for approval this afternoon, so we can make it time to put some in cans before the event featured in the 200 posters we just put up.
(CC) How long does is it take to go from that first draft to the final product?
(TK) The first can of Dale's went on for quite a while, once we stamped that one--the others naturally fell in line, I think we did Gubna in 2 hours--the Dale's lasted a couple months, making mock-ups and bouncing the ball around between us--there's some quick ideas, that is kind of an inside joke between the Oskar Blues creative team, that can be --urban dictionary style, but occasionally they leak out in newspapers like The Onion, like our F!@# YOU IF YOU DON'T LIKE SANTA campagin.
(CC) What was it like holding that first can that you had designed?
(TK) Kinda sucked cause it was filled with sand, but was the first one I saw, part of a funktified display in Lyons on top of the flagstone on top of the taps upstairs--no seriously, it was great to see the real thing after that first production --our first Old Chub design was more complex with some "plaid" graphics, small and subtle -and orange and green and black and yella --after big success with the simplicity of the Dale's design, we made a quick adjustment with just Black and Green, and used the raw aluminum as an important part of the overall color and contrast.
(CC) What are some things people might not necessarily notice in the designs of the cans you've done?
(TK) Well where the fuck is Waldo man? Let's let the peeps stare into the hypnotic 4-Dimension Oskar Blues can and see for themselves.
(CC) Deviant Dale's certainly plays off the original Dale's Pale Ale can and is described as something of a bigger version of the beer. What design work went into making the first 16 oz. can from OB stand out from it's smaller brethren.
(TK) We thought about doin' something totally different with Deviant, a bigger can, some abstract renderings came up, with the new technology in can printing, ton of special features possible --my first concept, had FIRE involved, it was more Jackson Pollock Flames style--maybe it will show up in the future as a different elixir, but in the end, we stayed true to the brand recognition already developed with the other classic flavors.
(CC) The top of the can has the line "Let's sling a little mud, girl" - a line from the Widespread Panic song "Tall Boy". Whose idea was it to feature that on the can?
(TK) It was one of the first conversations I had with Chad (Melis) when the Deviant art concepts started, I said "Tall Boy, huh --Sippin' on a Tall Boy"- it was just a natural comparison with the WP song, I think we've both been to our fair share of shows, then some other lyrics popped in -- I actually thought the top said crawling through the darkness...but slinging mud means the same thing..just a reference to that feeling when a chorus comes in- the whole crowd sings it together, and feeling real gooood.
(CC) One of the images you shared with us was of a label design for "Honey Badger" Smoked Porter. What is the story behind that?
(TK) It was a beer that was short-lived in the mass distribution idea, but I think they still make batches of it for the Tasty Weasel Taproom at the brewery--friggin deliciosa!! This is one good thing that came out out of the creative session to brand the beer, just messing around with the Macho Man Randy Savge holding a honey badger head....this is how we began the session to stay motivated and laugh a little.
(CC) Chad also mentioned you were in a band that is based in Lyons. What is the band called and where can people learn more about your music?
(TK) I play in a power trio called Interstate Stash Express, and side projects include Los Fear of Shrimp and working on a solo record, called TK THE GEMINI, there's actually 2 of us in the brain, but definitely a solo record. You can hear some online or better, come out to a show in Colorado - we play a fusion style with Rock, Blues, Americana & Experimental.
(CC) What does it feel like to see your art on a canvas that is so widely seen and enjoyed?
(TK) I'm stoked, with Oskar Blues, it's a simple message, we live in a sweet part of the world, with trails and creeks and landscape that takes your breath away --it's fun to try and create a brand image that eats and sleeps what it practices and preaches, like Chad- i talked to him yesterday and said what are you doin this weekend? He said, oh I gotta work, gotta drink beer, gotta race my bike--they had equal influence, but you know he ain't normal if he just wants to just drink beer and race his bike and not work...what the Oskar Blues brand is saying is that we can do it all, and that is our work.
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Monday, December 6th 2010
Oskar Blues Brewery - EVOLUTION
A great video that offers an inside look at the craft brewery that leads the canned beer revolution. This is definitely worth checking out as it provides a ton of information about Oskar Blues and the people that bring you all those great canned brews! Cheers!
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Tuesday, September 28th 2010
Oskar Blues releases lineup of hot sauces made with 5 of their beers
I seriously want to try some of these brand new hot sauces from Oskar Blues! In fact, I want to make some wings with each of these and pair them with their respective beers. Call me OCD. Below is the press release I just received from the folks at Oskar Blues:
LONGMONT, Colo. – Looking for the perfect gift for those that like it HOT? Nothing goes down better with hot food than an ice-cold craft beer. For this reason Oskar Blues Brewery, producer of the number one craft beer in a can has created a line of beer infused hot sauces that include one of each of their craft beers. Enjoy your favorite Oskar Blues beer and choose from Old Chub Scotch Ale Hot Sauce, Dale’s Pale Ale Hot Sauce, Mama’s Little Yella Pils Hot Sauce, Gordon Hot Sauce and Ten FIDY Hot Sauce, to add to your meals.
Mama’s Little Yella Pils Hot Sauce: Hot Mama! Hot sauce made with Mama's Little Yella Pils and Serrano peppers.
Dale’s Pale Ale Hot Sauce: Chipotle hot sauce infused with Dale's Pale Ale.
Old Chub Scotch Ale Hot Sauce: Old Chub Scotch Ale blends beautifully with this cayenne hot sauce.
Gordon Imperial Red Hot Sauce: Sweet and Hot, mango Habaneras hot sauce infused with Gordon. Great on shrimp or fish tacos.
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Friday, September 24th 2010
BYOB (Bring Your Oskar Blues) Cans
BYOB (Bring Your Oskar Blues) TO HOLIDAY PARTIES
LONGMONT, Colo. – What are you bringing to holiday parties this year? BYOB. Next time you are in the liquor store shopping for a holiday party, remember BYOB (Bring Your Oskar Blues). BYOB, the number one craft beer in a can that is turning heads and blowing minds of what to expect from a craft beer in a can. BYOB and know that even the hardest to please wine drinking partier will go head-over-heals for one of Oskar Blues’ six taste bud tantalizing brews.
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