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The beautiful thing about taste is not everyone is going to agree. For instance, I can’t stand Citra. My nose and tongue just don’t enjoy that hop. Which leaves more for the rest of you. But I’m sure some of my favorite hops are someone else’s lease favorite.

Breweries play around with all kinds of different new hops to find that next hit. Oskar Blues goes one step further by producing very special batches of beer dry-hopped with four different types of hops and then use you as the guinea pigs!

They’ve created a pale ale and have dry-hopped it with Comet, HBC 472, Hop Head Farms Experimental 069, and Mandarina Bavaria.  Only one location in all of the St. Louis area was chosen to try these beers and Global Brew Tap House in Edwardsville was that lucky location.

Tomorrow at 5PM, Oskar Blues Jen Whitney will be on-hand to host this special sampling where you’ll be the judge. Jen will collect the votes which will then be submitted to the brewery to determine the overall winner.

If tasting beer makes me a lab rat, sign me up!

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eclipse-restaurantOne of my favorite views in all of St. Louis is the rooftop bar at Eclipse. Not only do you get a nice view of the Loop, but you also get a lovely look at downtown and Clayton. It provides a nice bridge between the city and county.

If you’ve never visited, the other nice part about Eclipse is that they have a very nice drink menu including more than a few craft beer selections. Speaking of which, this Friday, May 15th, Eclipse will be hosting an Oskar Blues Brewery Rooftop Party.

Not only will you get to enjoy the always phenomenal Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Little Yella Pils, but they’ll also be tapping Gubna and at 7:30PM they’ll be tapping a very special keg of Freedom Tickler French Saison. The party starts at 5PM tomorrow, don’t miss out on a great view and some great beer.

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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).

Sunday morning in Denver. Irene had to attend conferences and talks all day, which means I was free to roam.  I decided to hit up Avery Brewing and Oskar Blues.

Since starting this blog, one of the most frequent questions is, “How much free beer do you get?”  The answer surprises a lot of people, because I don’t get that much.  I didn’t start this blog to get free beer, though it’s always appreciated when I get it.

What I do get is the opportunity to do a lot of stuff that many people don’t get to do.  Like for instance, stand on top of one of the fermentation tanks at Avery.  Make sure to check out the panoramic photo below.

Notes from Day 2, Avery Brewing and Oskar Blues:

  • GPS is a godsend.
  • Avery is tucked back in a little industrial park, if you didn’t know where to look you wouldn’t find it.
  • If I’m not mistaken, Avery is on schedule to do 15,000bbls this year.
  • Alex from Avery is a cool chick.  Thanks to Adam Avery for hooking me up with an awesome tour.
  • Oskar Blues is huge.  Way, way bigger than I was expecting.
  • OB is on schedule to do 30,000bbls this year.  Just to put that into perspective, Schlafly is on schedule to do the same amount.
  • Sometimes it pays to be in the right place at the right time.  Just as I was leaving Avery I met one of the brewers from OB and he hooked me up.  They basically let me roam the Oskar Blues production facility all by myself.
  • Oskar, come to St. Louis soon!

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Had a couple of packages of beer arrive this week, though I’d share some pictures. The first is from my buddy Scotty who lives in Colorado. Luckily for all of us, we’re seeing more and more Colorado beers available in the local area, but Scotty sent me a few that we can’t get here quite yet. I’m sending him some beer from this area he can’t get there. I know that he wanted some Two Hearted and I have some things in mind, but do you have any suggestions?

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  • Bristol Brewing Company – Red Rocket Ale
  • Bristol Brewing Company – Wet Mountain IPA
  • Bristol Brewing Company – Laughing Lab Scottish-Style Ale
  • Dillon Dam Brewery – Sweet George’s Brown
  • Bristol Brewing Company – Winter Warlock Oatmeal Stout
  • Oskar Blues – Ten Fidy
  • Oskar Blues – Old Chub

The other two packages I received this week came from San Diego, CA, specifically from The Lost Abbey. A while back someone alerted me to the Sinners and Saints Club. Each club provides special and often sought after beers each month of the year. Here are January and February’s selections:

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  • The Lost Abbey – Red Poppy
  • The Lost Abbey – Carnevale Ale

I’ll let Tomme describe both for you:

Carnevale Ale- Be one of the first consumers to sample our newest seasonal release called Carnevale Ale. Brewed to mark the Lenten Season before Easter, we expect this to be a great addition to our lineup of Specialty Releases. 

Red Poppy 2007- Our first release of this beer. Brewed in 2006 and aged in French Oak barrels for one year on Sour Cherries and wild yeasts. 

Sorry about the lack of content this morning, but I’ve got a pretty busy day ahead of me.  In fact, the entire week may be a bit hectic, but I’ll do my best to provide everyone with new information all week.