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Memphis Beer Week: Local to host Oskar Blues Beer Dinner on Wednesday

April 21, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Events, Memphis

Oskar BluesLocal Gastropub is hosting a beer dinner on Wednesday night featuring Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery.

The dinner is part of Memphis Beer Week and will be held at Local’s Downtown location, 95 S. Main, starting at 7 p.m.

Here’s the menu:

1st Course
Garlic Skillet with Spicy Tomato Vera Cruz
~Paired with Dale’s Pale Ale~

2nd Course
Crispy Quail Salad with Apples, Pecans, Blue Cheese and Molasses Ale Vinaigrette
~Paired with Deviant Dale’s~

3rd Course
Grilled Hanger Steak with Port Barley Wine Reduction and Pancetta Potatoes
~Paired with Old Chub Scotch Ale~

4th Course
Malt Ice Cream and Tenfidy Imperial Stout Float with Orange Sliced Cookies

The dinner is $39.99 per person. For reservations, call Kari at 901-581-0541 or email kari@localcaters.com.

You can see the full list of official Memphis Beer Week events here.

Oskar Blues, Stone Brewing beer sampling events happening this week in Memphis

September 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Oskar BluesThere’s two free craft beer sampling events happening this week in Memphis that you won’t want to miss.

On Thursday (yes, that’s tomorrow), there will be an Oskar Blues Brewing Co. tasting at Joe’s Wines & Liquors in Midtown as part of Oskar Blues’ roll-out in Memphis. The event runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and there will be special discounts on the beers served. Follow @OskarBluesTN for all the latest on the Longmont, Co., brewery’s entry into the Memphis market.

Stone BrewingThen on Friday, there will be a tasting of Stone Brewing Co. beers from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cash Saver on Madison. Stone rep Brett Collier (@StoneBrewBrett) will be there pouring samples of Pale Ale, Levitation Ale and Smoked Porter. Jim O’Brien from Crazy Good Specialty Foods (@CrazyGoodSauce) will also be there to sample out their new Raging Pineapple Salsa.

Colorado’s Oskar Blues launching distribution in Memphis on Sept. 9

August 27, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Oskar BluesColorado’s Oskar Blues Brewing Company, a pioneer in craft beer cans, is coming to Memphis.

The brewery will launch sales in the Bluff City on Sept. 9 through distributor Budweiser of Memphis.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils — which clocks in at 5.3% ABV — will be the only beer available in grocery stores. Meanwhile, in liquor stores, bar and restaurants, you’ll be able to get the higher gravity Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant Dale’s, Old Chub and Ten FIDY, according to Budweiser of Memphis’ Austin Sawyer.

At launch, Memphis will only be getting cans of Oskar Blues, but draft sales will start about 60 days later, Sawyer said.

There will be samplings, tastings and more on the week of Sept. 9 to promote the start of Oskar Blues distribution here.

“We’ll be all over the city that week,” Sawyer said.

Oskar Blues, Sun King drop ‘The Deuce’

October 08, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

The DeuceI was at the Tasty Weasel Tap Room at Oskar Blues Brewery tonight in Longmont, Col., and just happened to be there for the “soft launch” of The Deuce, the second collaboration between Oskar Blues and Sun King Brewing.

The Deuce is a hopped-up brown ale that’s being released in time for the Great American Beer Festival.

I believe I heard from brewmaster Dave Chichura that it was brewed with Galaxy hops, though I’m not 100% sure since my Colorado brewery tour started at 11 a.m. this morning. But there’s a ton of aroma on the nose, and it’s a very fine malty, hoppy brown.

Look for it soon in the Denver area. Only 20 barrels of The Deuce (7% ABV) are being brewed. It’s being packaged in 16-0unce resealable Alumi-Tek cans.

Last year, Oskar Blues and Sun King collaborated to make the Chaka Belgian-Style Ale.

UPDATE — Here’s the full press release:

(Longmont, CO) – Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery and Indiana-based Sun King Brewery have created “The Deuce”, their second CANlaboration project to unite the brewer’s friendship and passion for pushing the boundaries of craft beer in a can.

The Deuce is a limited-release Hopped-Up Brown Ale and the second craft beer (following the pair’s CHAKA Belgian-Style Ale release) to be packaged in the Alumi-Tek® re-sealable pint bottle from Ball Corporation. Limited quantities of the Hopped-Up Brown Ale will be available at Oskar Blues locations (Tasty Weasel Taproom, Home Made Liquids & Solids, Grill & Brew) and in Sun King’s home market during the 2012 Great American Beer Festival week while supplies last.

Similar to the CHAKA CANlaboration the breweries incorporated a blend of ingredients from each brewery’s home state. As made popular by Sun King’s GABF medal winning “Popcorn Pilsner” Riehle’s Select Gourmet Popcorn from Indiana was used in tandem with Colorado Malting Company’s Belgian Pale Malt in the mash. The end result is a 7 percent A.B.V., 69 I.B.U, Hopped Up Brown Ale…think and smell India Brown Ale. The assertive hop aroma is roused from 100% Galaxy hops; three additions in the kettle, one in the whirlpool and dry hopped with one-pound per barrel. The Australian hop known for aromas of citrus and passion fruit contribute to the German chocolate malt presence creating a dry and smooth bitterness not often found in a brown ale.

The connection between these two breweries is deeper than the fact that they both can their beer and collaborated on the first ever craft beer in the Alumi-Tek bottle (CHAKA). 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 continue to push the boundaries of the craft can package it was an easy yes.

Join Oskar Blues Brewery at the “It’s All about the Package” release party following the Great American Beer Festival at the Blake Street Tavern for a NEW can package release and live music by Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams.

Check out all the details of Oskar Blues’ GABF week here: http://www.oskarblues.com/blog/greatamericanbeerfestival2012

About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched their craft-brewed hand canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. They were the first American craft brewery to can their beer. Today more than 180 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, grew to 59,000 in 2011 and is on pace for 90,000 in 2012. While celebrating 10 years of Dale’s Pale Ale the brewery has announced it will begin brewing beer in their new Brevard, NC brewery in December 2012. 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.