October 2012 Event with Oskar Blues
Last month we hosted one of our favorite Colorado breweries, Oskar Blues Brewing for a tasting of some of its flagship, as well as new brews.
Several aspects of what OB brought to the table and the glass made this a fantastic event. For one, they debuted to the ladies their new aluminum bottle format and the monstrous (and awesome) 19.2 ounce Dale’s Pale Ale cans. OB is the first brewery to use the 100% raw aluminum bottle format (Alumi-Tek bottle from Ball Corporation), which is also re-sealable and pint-sized. Perhaps even more exciting was what these aluminum bottles held – the newly released Chaka Belgian-style ale and The Deuce, a hoppy brown ale.
Both new brews were collaborations with Sun King Brewery out of Indiana. Chaka, at 8% ABV uses three different yeast strains with Colorado malts. It is also uniquely brewed with Shagbark hickory syrup from Indiana. The Deuce “hopped up brown ale” uses Galaxy hops from Australia with Colorado Malting Company’s Belgian pale malts as well as German chocolate malts. This delicious 7% ABV brown, or “IBA” is also brewed with gourmet air-popped corn. Both new beers were delicious and a nice change of pace for a brewery largely known for very hop-driven IPAs and pales. Chaka and The Deuce are currently in limited release and well worth the trip up to The Tasty Weasel or Liquids & Solids for a pint.
The second aspect of this event that made it so unique was that OB’s Hops and Heifers Farm supplied all the food tastings for the night. This event was held on the 16th and the 30th at Highland Tap & Burger. For the first night, Chris Katechis brought down pork products -- house cured pork sausage and tasty dry-rubbed ribs. The second event was all beef with juicy NY strip and braised ribs. The farm exemplifies Oskar Blues commitment to sustainability. In addition to livestock, the farm hosts 3500 hop plants.
As always, Oskar Blues treats the Crafty Ladies right – big thanks to Chris “The Gubna” Katechis, head brewer Dave Chichura, Lucas Allen, and the rest of the OB crew that participated in this event!