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IMG_3377.JPGA major brewery deserves a major launch and Oskar Blues Brewery is providing just that. To celebrate this big occasion Oskar Blues has put together a week full of events to party in St. Louis.

Beginning today, a full team of Oskar Blues and Major Brands folks will be here to party at the following locations:

Monday, Nov. 10

  • Dressel’s, Oskar Blues Beer Pairing menu, 5 p.m., yummy menu items paired with OB beers all night.

Tuesday, Nov. 11

  • SoHa Bar & Grill Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m.
  • Eclipse – 5:30 p.m. Happy Hour (Mama’s Little Yella Pils draft, Dale’s/Old Chub Nitro/Ten FIDY/Deviant/G’Knight CANs).
  • Three Kings (Drafts: Dale’s and Ten FIDY. CANs: Deviant and Mama’s).
  • The Wine and Cheese Place – Beer Tasting, 4-6 p.m.
  • Nick’s Pub – “Meet the Oskar Blues’ Guys Night.” Dale’s, Mama’s, Old Chub, Ten FIDY on draft.  CANs: Dale’s, Mama’s, Old Chub Nitro 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 12

  • Cicero’s Beer School – 5:30-6:30 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.
  • Llywelyn’s Food Pairing Event, 3 p.m. (Draft: Dale’s, Deviant, Ten FIDY. CANs: Mama’s, Old Chub).  Pairings: Mama’s – Steamed Mussels, Old Chub – Pot Roast, Dale’s – Monarch Burger, Ten FIDY – Steak and Cheese, Deviant Dale’s – Chicken Curry.
  • Old Standard – 5-7 p.m.- Beer Can Chicken event.
  • iTap Chesterfield and Soulard. Every beer on draft all night.

Thursday, Nov. 13

  •  iTap – CWE Trivia  Night, 7:30 p.m. (Every beer on draft all night).
  • Friar Tuck Crestwood, Tasting, 4-6 p.m.
  • Flying Saucer – Tap Takeover. All beers on draft 6 p.m.
  • Craft Beer Cellar – 5-7 p.m.
  • Shamrock’s, 7 p.m., Tap Takeover. All beers in CANs too!

Satuday, Nov. 15

  • Crafty Chameleon – “Welcome to the Neighborhood” Party, 6 p.m.

Oskar Blues has brought their full line-up of beers including Dale’s Pale Ale, Ten Fidy, and G’Knight. Draft beer and cans have already made their way around town, but expect to see more this week with this major kick-off event.

IMG_3377.JPGBeginning in November, Oskar Blues Brewery out of Longmont, CO will be available in Missouri. Just announced in a press release, Oskar Blues has chosen Major Brands to distribute their beers in the Show-Me State.

The launch events will take place the week of November 10th with kick-off events all around the state featuring the Oskar Blues and Major Brands teams. Here’s the press release:

Longmont, CO, and Brevard, NC–Oskar Blues Brewery, creator of the first American craft beer in a CAN, has partnered with Major Brands, Inc., of Missouri, to start distribution of the brewery’s full line-up of beers, in both CANS and on draft, in November.

“Major Brands is excited to be Oskar Blues’ choice in Missouri and we are ready to show Missouri what Oskar Blues is all about. Our companies’ shared passion for excellence and for giving back to our communities will ensure a successful partnership,” says Sue McCollum, Major Brands CEO.

The official Oskar Blues brew launch will take place during the week of November 10th with kick-off events and a market blitz featuring a full team of Oskar Blues and Major Brands folks.

“There were a lot of good options and great distributors that we talked with in the state but partnering with this third generation beverage distributor, led by Sue McCollum, was the right move for us,” says Oskar Blues Director of Business Management Chris Russell. “We are confident that we are positioned for a successful partnership with Major Brands, and we look forward to getting our beer into the hands of excited beer retailers and beer drinkers in the great state of Missouri very soon.”

Oskar Blues is bringing all of its award-winning beers to bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and bottle shops throughout the Show-Me state.

Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and Old Chub CANS will be available in 12-ounce six-packs and a variety 12-pack called CANundrum. Dale’s and Mama’s will also be sold in 19.2 single-serve Imperial pints or stovepipe CANs.

Oskar Blues newest CAN, Old Chub Nitro, is available in 16.4-ounce over pint four-packs.

The Imperials, Deviant Dale’s IPA and G’Knight Red IPA, will be sold in 16-ounce four-packs.

Fall/Winter Seasonal, Ten FIDY, and Spring/Summer Seasonal, GUBNA, will also be available in 12-ounce four-packs of CANS.

The Missouri launch follows additional Oskar Blues distribution in Kansas, Nevada, Delaware, Minnesota, Idaho, southern Alabama, and central California in 2014, bringing the number of states that Oskar Blues distributes in to 36 total.

Look for more details on the Missouri launch and specifics of Oskar Blues kick-off events in the coming weeks.

More about Oskar Blues Year-Round Brews:

Dale’s Pale Ale: As Oskar Blues’ flagship beer, this American Pale Ale delivers balanced rich flavors of malts and hops (6.5% ABV, 65 IBUs). The award-winning beer was named the “Top U.S. Pale Ale” by The New York Times and is the number-one selling pale ale in Colorado.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils: This Bohemian Style Pilsner is a refreshing balance of Saaz hops and specialty German malts while providing a gentle flavor (5.3% ABV, 35 IBUs). Like summer in your mouth.

Old Chub Scotch Ale: Strong Scotch Ale, brewed with rich malts, specialty and smoked grains to deliver flavors of semi-sweet cocoa and coffee (8% ABV).

Old Chub NITRO: Old Chub, but on NITRO, which adds a creamy, velvety mouth-feel. And a little less ABV (6.8%). Watch the NEW OLD CHUB NITRO Video HERE. #oldchubnitrocan

G’Knight Imperial Red IPA: The dry-hopped double-red IPA embodies a strong aroma and malty hopped flavors while providing a rich finish (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs).

Deviant Dale’s IPA: American-style India Pale Ale, exemplifies aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins to deliver a full-flavor (8% ABV, 85 IBUs).

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant begins their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by the always popular Mitch Turner from Major Brands. Mitch will be on hand to discuss and sample Schlafly Extra Irish Stout, Schlafly Chocolate Stout, Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Imperial Stout, Firestone Walker Reserve Porter, and Avery Old World Porter. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant begins their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by always popular Mitch Turner from Major Brands. Mitch will be on hand to discuss and sample Tripels from New Belgium, Schlafly, Chimay, and Affligem. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their fall Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry.

It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being taught by Mitch Turner from Major Brands. Mitch will be on hand to discuss and sample some beers including the Crown Valley Oktoberfest, New Belgium Red Hhoptober, Schlafly Oktoberfest and Great Divide Haas. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

In the dark days before St. Louis was graced with the number of awesome fine dining experiences we have now, there were few choices available for those looking for seasonal ingredients that were lovingly prepared. But one of the shining beacons was Harvest.

Without question, Harvest remains one of the best restaurants we have in St. Louis. And now, they’re working with distributor Major Brands to host their first beer dinner. Tomorrow, May 8th at 6:30PM, Harvest will be pairing five courses with eight (count ’em!) different beers.

This dinner will set you back $60 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and reservations can be made by calling 314-645-3522. Here’s a look at the menu:

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their fall Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry.

It’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s 5:30PM and 7PM school is being taught by Mitch Turner from Major Brands. Mitch will be on hand to discuss and sample some beers including the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous IPA, New Belgium Snow Day, Schlafly Schwarzbier, and Avery Out of Bounds Stout. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.