Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Returns for the Winter

OskarBluesLogoBWOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the annual Limited Release of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout in mid-November 2019.

Returning to satisfy all your “fireside sipping” needs this winter, Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY is what happens when the brewers at Oskar Blues age Ten FIDY Imperial Stout in select bourbon barrels for “a full eight months.”  This treatment infuses the brewery’s fan-favorite Imperial Stout with “deep, rich flavors of vanilla, Bourbon and oak.” Although it comes in at a big ol’ 12.5% ABV, stout lovers can expect Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY to be “balanced and temperate on the palate, the extended stay in-barrel ensuring a smooth, warm drinking experience perfect for long, cold winter nights.”

“Ten FIDY is a complicated beer for our brewers but they really dig into the behemoth task of delivering a big-time stout,” said Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations for Oskar Blues Brewery. “Barrel-aging ups the ante even further – ramping up the chocolate, coffee and roasted notes to the maximum.”

The 2019 release of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY is scheduled to roll out in mid-November 2019 and will stick around into the winter months of 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Limited; mid-November 2019 
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.5%
Treatment – Aged for eight months in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beer-finder/

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CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective Launches New IPA Mixed Pack

CANarchylogoThe CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that it is actively rolling out its new CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack, a variety 12-pack containing IPAs from four independent craft breweries located across the U.S.

Compiled to show the IPA’s “diversity of style and flavor,” the latest edition of the CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack gives hopheads the ability “to travel from the bright West Coast style of California, to the big, bold hop flavors of Texas, through Florida’s citrusy, balanced flavors and onto Colorado’s innovative creations – all in one box.”  The CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack contains the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from CANarchy’s press release):

  • Expatriate IPA | Three Weavers Brewing Company (Inglewood, California) –  A 6.9% West Coast style IPA inspired by the Three Weavers Brewing Company community, located in Inglewood, California. Bright and laden with notes of tropical fruits, it’s brewed with two-row barley and a touch of English crystal malt, and loaded with new age American hops. 
  • Deep Ellum IPA | Deep Ellum Brewing Company (Dallas, Texas)Loaded with American hops for a bitter punch. Over-the-top tropical fruit, citrus, pine and floral aromas and flavors make this 7% ABV IPA big and potent enough to bear Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s hometown name. 
  • Jai Alai IPA | Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida)Presents an intense bouquet of tangerine and candied orange peel that entices the nose while flavors of clementines, Valencia orange and subtle caramel provide counterpoint to an assertive bitterness and rich malt character. Bold hop flavor from six different hop varietals is front and center in this IPA by Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing. ABV – 7.5% 
  • Can-O-Bliss IPA | Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado)The Can-O-Bliss IPA Series by Colorado-founded Oskar Blues Brewery offers beer drinkers a variety of innovative IPA flavors throughout the year, focusing on new and experimental hops and unusual hop combinations. ABV – 7.2% 

**The CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack contains three 12 oz. cans of each the beers listed above**

The new CANarchy IPA Mixed Pack is available now in select markets and will hit nationwide distribution “soon.” You can expect to find this Variety 12-pack at select craft beer-focused retailers located throughout the U.S. Prost!

 

Oskar Blues Brewery Launches Lo-Cal One-y Hazy IPA as Newest Year-Round

oskarblueslogoOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that One-y 100 Calorie Hazy IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in mid-September.

Crafted with the intention of “cultivating huge, hazy, hoppy flavor without the calorie count of a typical IPA,” One-y is a Hazy India Pale Ale “dry-hopped with El Dorado, Comet and Citra hops, and Mosaic and French Aramis appear in the whirlpool.”  Despite weighing in at just 4% ABV and 100 calories, One-y still possesses “big, fruit-forward, herbal vibes [that will] make craft beer lovers forget it’s low cal.”

“The aroma hits you first. There are notes of citrus, honeysuckle, peach and mango. The beer is fruity with a hop haze and a nice biscuit flavor to the malt. The use of pale ale malt and wheat, along with the hefty dry hop load, creates a medium body. It’s easy to drink – pairs well with breakfast, lunch, or dinner.”

 

– Juice Drapeau, Head Brewer at Oskar Blues Pilot Brewery in Lyons, Colorado

One-y 100 Calorie Hazy IPA is scheduled to launch in mid-September 2019.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for One-y 100 Calorie Hazy IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launching mid-September 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
Calories – 100
Hops – Dry-hop: El Dorado, Comet & Citra | Whirlpool: Mosaic & French Aramis 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beer-finder/

 

Oskar Blues Brewery Goes Nationwide with Rosé for Daze

OBR4DartOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that Rosé for Daze will be available nationwide for the rest of the summer.

Crafted to be the beer equivalent for “America’s favorite pink wine”, Rosé for Daze is a Fruit Ale made with “tart, bright prickly pear” and “floral hibiscus.” Supported by “honey-toned malts” and “berry and floral notes” sourced from Aramis and Centennial hops, Rosé for Daze (6% ABV) is a “refreshing, spritzy rosé beer . . . made for porch sipping, brunching, poolside enjoyment and toasting all things summertime.”

“We chose ingredients with big, fresh flavor and combined them at an approachable ABV,” said Tim Matthews, Oskar Blues head of brewery operations. “While rosé wines can range in sweetness, we were inspired by the crisp, dry end of the spectrum and focused on tart, floral notes. The result is a summery, balanced thirst-quencher perfect for patio season.”

Rosé for Daze is actively rolling out now and will be available throughout Summer 2019. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Rosé for Daze from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Seasonal/Limited; Summer 2019
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 6%
Hops – Aramis & Centennial
Featured Ingredients – Hibiscus & prickly pear
Fun Fact – On the can design: “The sleek can, ornamented with delicate hibiscus flowers, provides a suggestion of the pink-hued, intensely carbonated liquid inside.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beer-finder/

Hi-Wire Brewing & Oskar Blues Collaborate on Haze-Sesh IPA

HiWireOskarBlues.pngHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Haze-Sesh, a special collaboration project with Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado | Brevard, North Carolina), on Friday, April 19.

Inspired by the craft beer community’s current “haze craze”, Haze-Sesh is a Hazy Session India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Cashmere and Wataku hops.  This hop bill lends the beer “notes of lemon-lime, tropical fruit, and melon from the Wataku [while] Cashmere hops give this crushable beer a bright and juicy citrus punch.”  Coming in at just 4.9% ABV, Haze-Sesh is the perfect beer to help you ease into the warmer temperatures of spring.

Haze-Sesh releases on April 19 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer establishments located within Hi-Wire’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Haze-Sesh Hazy Session IPA from Hi-Wire Brewing & Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Limited; April 19, 2019
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.9%
Featured Hops – Cashmere & Wataku
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee & Ohio

Oskar Blues Brewery Launches Can-O-Bliss Rotating IPA Series

cob.trop_.can_-700x1024Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) is officially kicking off its newly established Can-O-Bliss series of rotating India Pale Ales with the late January release of Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA.

Arriving as the first in Oskar Blues’ new series of rotating IPAs that “showcases an all-star cast of hops including innovative combinations of new and experimental hop varietals from around the world”, Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA is “a juicy, sunset-hued rogue wave of tropical fruit flavors featuring clean, complex Mosaic, citrusy Azacca, fruity Galaxy, aromatic El Dorado and pungent Idaho 7 hops.”  Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA clocks in at 7.2% ABV.

Only available for a limited time, Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA will be followed later in 2019 with the releases of Can-O-Bliss Hazy IPA – “a hazed-out and hopped-up IPA packed with flavors of stone fruit, melon and peach” – and Can-O-Bliss Citrus IPA – “an intensely citrus-y and aromatic brew that will put zest to the test.”

“The Can-O-Bliss Series is a way for us to celebrate hops all year long,” said Oskar Blues Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews. “We’re bringing unprecedented combinations of hops to the table to create three unique IPA experiences with very different flavor profiles. IPA lovers will want to follow along with the series to see what happens next.”

Although Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA is actively hitting shelves and taps now, it will officially debut with launch parties at Oskar Blues taproom locations in Boulder, Colorado; Longmont, Colorado; Brevard, North Carolina and Austin, Texas on January 26.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, in the CANundrum Mixed 15-pack of 12 oz. cans, and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s expansive distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Can-O-Bliss Tropical IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Rotating/Can-O-Bliss IPA Series, launching late January 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.2%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Azacca, Galaxy, El Dorado & Idaho 7 
Fun Fact – Oskar Blues “recently added new centrifuge equipment, to whisk away solids including yeast and hop material, while retaining hop oil in the beer. The investment allows brewers at all three locations (Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC and Austin, TX) to maximize hop flavor in the Can-O-Bliss IPAs.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, in the CANundrum Mixed 15-pack of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerfinder/

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New Collaboration from Oskar Blues & Cigar City Brewing: Bamburana Double Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

oskarbluesccbOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) have officially announced plans to make Bamburana, an innovative new collaboration beer, available for national distribution in mid-January.

When Wayne Wambles, Brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing, and Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations at Oskar Blues Brewery, put their heads together to develop the recipe for Bamburana, their overall intent was to “craft a brew that would marry the flavors of double-barrel aged imperial stout and Amburana wood, . . . an indigenous South American wood that imparts unique warm and savory flavors and aroma.”  To pull this off, these “two giant craft beer personalities” brewed an Imperial Stout with figs and dates, and then double barrel-aged it in whiskey and brandy barrels.  After a lengthy maturation period in those barrels, the beer was then “aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals.”  Now that its treatment has been deemed complete, Bamburana (12.2% ABV) has risen from its rest boasting “forward-facing roasted malt flavors that branch out against a dark fruit backdrop of figs and dates” while “brandy and whiskey accents make themselves known with complex boozy-and-sweet flavors, complementing the warmth and spice of Amburana wood.”

“We were excited to see the results of infusing Amburana wood into a big, barrel-aged imperial stout,” said Wayne Wambles, Brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing. “We were pleasantly surprised with the vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances this South American wood contributed into the finished beer and look forward to putting this delicious beer in front of folks!”

 

“We’re both known for barrel-aging big, malty, dark beers,” added Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations at Oskar Blues Brewery. “The culinary goal of this project was to match the flavors of a rich candy cookie with fig filling and gingerbread spice. We spent a bunch of time selecting the right figs and dates to hit exactly the right flavor notes, lend a slight stickiness and cut into the rowdiness of the Amburana wood.”

Bamburana is slated to hit shelves in mid-January 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s/CANarchy’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bamburana from Oskar Blues Brewery & Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited, mid-January 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.2%
Added Ingredients – Figs & dates
Treatment – Double barrel-aged – in both whiskey and brandy barrels – and aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals
Fun Fact – Bamburana is the first nationally distributed collaboration between Oskar Blues Brewery & Cigar City Brewing

Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans

Oskar Blues Brewery Sets National Release Date for Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY

batenfidyOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (2018) on November 3.

Back to claim the throne of being “the biggest beer in the biggest can around”, Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY is a “darker-than-dark” Imperial Stout that has been tucked away in “bourbon barrels for a minimum of eight months.”  This lengthy aging period allows the already complex Ten FIDY base – filled with “espresso, burnt sugar, rich chocolate [and] caramel notes” – to pick up added tones of “vanilla, oak [and] bourbon” that have all been “smoothed out during maturation.”  Despite weighing in at a massive 12.9% ABV, Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY comes together to be “a cool, drinkable, deeply complex brew.”

“Ten FIDY is already a big beer and barrel-aging takes it to the next level of decadence,” said Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews. “Espresso and burnt sugar flavors are turned up to eleven; alongside rich chocolate and caramel notes. Basically, it’s a flavor beast.”

The 2018 batch of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY will officially launch on November 3 with release events at Oskar Blues Brewery’s taprooms in Boulder, Colorado; Longmont, Colorado; and Brevard, North Carolina.  National distribution will also launch on that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in in 19.2 oz. stovepipe cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blue Brewery’s national distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Limited; November 3, 2018
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.9%
IBUs – 75
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels for a minimum of eight months
Availability – 19.2 oz. stovepipe cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerfinder/

Oskar Blues Brewery Brings Death by Coconut Porter Back for Seasonal Run

OskarBluesDbCPOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has announced that Death by Coconut Irish Style Porter will return in early October 2018 to serve as the brewery’s winter Seasonal.

Back to once again prove that “beer is the perfect dessert”, Death by Coconut is an Irish-style Porter that unites the “bittersweet chocolate flavor” of Cholaca Pure Liquid Cacao with “raw, desiccated coconut and a malt bill based around Simpson’s Extra Dark Crystal.”  This combination of delectable ingredients results in a 6.5% ABV Death by Coconut that offers “a rich, dessert-y flavor with a light, approachable mouthfeel.”

“No false advertising here – it’s as straightforward a chocolate-and-coconut beer as it gets,” said Juice Drapeau, Head Brewer at the Oskar Blues pilot brewery in Lyons. “The chocolate-y malt flavors and coconut aroma and flavor are nicely balanced, and it’s not as viscous as a stout, which makes it more palatable.”

Death by Coconut will return in early October and hang around throughout the months of winter.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Death by Coconut from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Seasonal, Winter 2018
Style – Irish-style Porter 
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 25
Featured Malts – Simpson’s Extra Dark Crystal
Added Ingredients –  Cholaca Pure Liquid Cacao & coconut
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerfinder/

CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective Introduces First Cross-Brewery Mixed 12-Pack

CANarchylogoCANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced the release of the CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1, a mixed 12-pack that includes beers from Cigar City Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing Company, and Squatters Craft Beers.

The CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 marks the first time that the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective – a group of craft breweries who have come together to stay independent – has represented four CANarchy breweries in one box.  The first in what is sure to be a rotating series of 12-pack compilations, CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 contains the following “assortment of CANarchist brews” (descriptions sourced from press release):

The CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 contains three (3) 12 oz. cans of each beer listed above. This new mixed 12-pack will begin hitting craft beer shelves in North Carolina and Florida on September 1 and wider distribution is expected “soon”.  Prost!