Oskar Blues Brewery Set for National Release of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY

BATenFIDYOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado & Brevard, North Carolina) recently announced that it will begin the limited release of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY on November 11.

The long-standing and highly-respected Ten FIDY Imperial Stout is once again experiencing a bit of an upgrade after the brewers at Oskar Blues decided to lovingly “[stash] it in a blend of Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for a minimum of eight months.”  Now roused from its rest, the limited release Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY (12.9% ABV) has emerged as “a cool and drinkable concoction that gets more complex with each sip.”

“Aged through four seasons and from a blend of the top bourbons around, this Ten FIDY has morphed into a monster of cranked up flavor,” said Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews. “This stout is loaded with inimitable flavors consisting of espresso, burnt sugar, rich chocolate and caramel notes, which are combined with the vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors that have been smoothed out from maturation.”

Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY will officially release on November 11 and hang around while supplies last.  You can look for this Limited Release offering to be available 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 Blues Brewery’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

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

Release – Limited, November 11, 2017
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.9%
IBUs – 75
Treatment – Aged in a “blend of Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for a minimum of eight months”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerfinder/


Oskar Blues Brewery to Introduce FUGLI IPA as Summer Seasonal

FUGLIIPAcan_editedOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has announced that FUGLI Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA is scheduled for release beginning on May 5 as the brewery’s newest summer Seasonal offering.

To supply the craft beer community with an exotic and refreshing option during the warm weather months, the folks at Oskar Blues have developed FUGLI IPA with a recipe headlined by the following three fruits:

  • Yuzu – “an exotic, tangy dumpy looking lemon from Japan”
  • Jamaican Ugli Fruit – “an aesthetic nightmare with a surprisingly tasty tangerine-and-grapefruit flavor”
  • Rangpur –  a lemon and orange hybrid grown in Bangladesh

Perfectly complementing the beer’s Mosaic hops and reserved malt bill, these obscure citrus fruits create a “crisp and clean” American India Pale Ale that is “not too bitter, and not too fruity.” At just 5.8% ABV and 60 IBUs, FUGLI IPA proves to be an incredibly easy drinking offering that is “top of the list for outdoor day-drinking.”

“FUGLI was inspired by a collaboration with Japan’s Yo-Ho Brewing Company that everyone here loved,” said Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations at Oskar Blues. “We felt we could take it to another level so we added more fruits, paired them with zesty mosaic hops, and started messing around with a light malt bill that gives a full mouthfeel.”

FUGLI IPA will officially launch at the start of May with the following release parties hosted by the three taprooms of Oskar Blues:

Beyond these three release parties, this seasonal offering will also be available nationwide from May to August 2017.  When released, you will be able to find FUGLI IPA in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s expansive distribution network.  Get yourself some FUGLI IPA and “let the jorts-wearin’, backyard-grillin’, yard-loungin’, frisbee-tossin’ beer-drinkin’ season commence.”  Prost!

Vital Information for FUGLI IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Seasonal, launching May 5, 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Mosaic
Additional Ingredients – Yuzu, ugli fruit & rangpur
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerFinder


GUBNA Imperial IPA Makes Annual Return for Oskar Blues Brewery

gubna_hires.pngOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that this year’s release of GUBNA Imperial IPA will not only be rocking its annual change in hop bill, but it’s availability has also been shifted to draft-only for national distribution.

Ever-evolving as a disestablishmentarian representation of dankness, GUBNA Imperial IPA reinvents itself by annually changing its hop bill in an effort to showcase only “the best and brightest of these powerful flowers.”  For this year’s release, sensory panels from all three Oskar Blues breweries – Longmont, Colorado; Brevard, North Carolina; and Austin, Texas – worked “with hop growers to seek out the most potent, unique and mind-bending hop varietals of the season.”  After much deliberation, this “eccentric fellowship of deranged brewers” hand-selected a blend of Azacca, Crystal and Sterling hops to sit on the beer’s signature base of Munich, North American Pale, and Rye malts.  This combination results in a 100 IBU, 10% ABV Imperial India Pale Ale that entices its drinker with “big zesty lime and orange flavors, with a spicy/herbal sweet aroma and all the dank . . . [expected] from the intense hop load.”

“The traditional hops beat out some newer, experimental varietals this year, which surprised many of us here at OB,” said Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations. “But the hops just spoke to the nearly 100 employees that participated in GUBNA hop selection and we must obey the rub.”

“In an effort to preserve GUBNA’s finest quality, the freshness of its hops,” the 2017 release of GUBNA Imperial IPA will only be available as a draft-only offering across the country.  12 oz. cans of GUBNA will only be available for to-go purchase at Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom locations in Colorado and North Carolina.  While supplies last, you can expect to find GUBNA Imperial IPA pouring from March to May at craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s national distribution footprint.  Each year’s release of GUBNA proves to be a unique experience and rarely lasts long, so make sure that you order up a pour the next time you spot it on a tap list.  Prost!

Vital Information for GUBNA Imperial IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Limited, March to May 2017 
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 100
Hops – Azacca, Crystal & Sterling 
Malts – Munich, North American Pale & Rye
Availability – Draft-only nationally; 12 oz. cans available for to-go purchase only in the Colorado and North Carolina Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel taprooms
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerFinder


Oskar Blue Brewery and Hotbox Roasters Collaborate to Create Hotbox Coffee IPA

hotboxcoffeeipabanner_editedOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that Hotbox Coffee IPA will arrive in March as the brewery’s new spring Seasonal.

To take their coffee-infused beer collaborations to another level, Oskar Blues Brewery and Hotbox Roasters have decided to move in a more hop-centric direction this time around with the creation of Hotbox Coffee IPA.  This new seasonal starts with an American India Pale Ale foundation built from notes of “pine, citrus and mango from Simcoe hops.” The beer is then dosed with cold brew extract made from Ethiopian coffee beans – “sourced from a family farm in the East African nation exclusively for this beer” – to impart added tones of “cream, blueberry and cocoa.”  This all results in a 7.2% ABV, coffee-laced hop bomb that truly makes “strange bedfellows of uppers and downers.”

“We believe the citrus and fruit aromatics of an IPA, derived from the intense hops, pair well with the fruit of the coffee to produce a great, flavor-packed beer,” said Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues Brewery. “The combination of coffee and hops in the Hotbox IPA serve to compliment and reinforce the delicious flavors and aromas both offer in this match up.”

Hotbox Coffee IPA will make its official debut at the following three, simultaneous release parties hosted by the taprooms of Oskar Blues:

If you cannot make it to the launch events listed above, do not fret because this offering will then be sent out for distribution beginning in March.  Hotbox Coffee IPA will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and the remaining 48 states that comprise the Oskar Blues distribution network.  Although this Spring Seasonal will officially be available until May, you should not expect this one to last long on the shelves of your local beer shop.  Grab ’em when you see ’em.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hotbox Coffee IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Spring Seasonal, March to May 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hop – Simcoe

Added Ingredients – Ethiopian coffee beans
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beerFinder

Perrin Brewing Expands Distribution to Florida, Collaborates with Cigar City and Oskar Blues

Triangulation_12oz_Ball_CanPerrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) recently announced that they will soon launch distribution in Florida with the limited release of a special collaboration brew.

Ever since the brewery officially partnered with Oskar Blues Brewery in early 2015, Perrin Brewing Company has experienced “exponential growth among packaged offerings, out-of-state distribution and an increase in barrel production.”  Perrin estimates that they will have brewed over 26,000 barrels by the end of the year, “a 70% increase over 2015.”  With Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing joining the ownership team earlier this year, Perrin Brewing has decided to expand their reach to Florida now that they have a good friend in the area.

Perrin Brewing will officially begin Florida distribution in February of 2017 with the launch of a special collaboration beer.  On December 1, brewers from Oskar Blues and Cigar City visited Perrin to brew up “a one-time batch of an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Triangulation.”  Brewed with malts sourced from all over the world and a London ale yeast strain, Triangulation is a “a big bodied, robust Oatmeal Stout” that remains “rich but approachable.”  To add a unique twist to the beer’s complexity, HBC 472 – an experimental hop – was used to lend the beer “vanilla, macaroon, and even barrel notes.”  The finished Triangulation Imperial Oatmeal Stout weighs in at an impressive 9% ABV and 60 IBUs.

John Stewart, Director of Brewing Operations at Perrin Brewing stated, “This opportunity is a great privilege to deliberately push the boundaries with this collaboration brew by layering numerous specialty malts and a multitude of experimental hops from all over the world with the specific intention of creating a complex and nuanced twist on the style.”

Triangulation Imperial Oatmeal Stout will officially release in February of 2017 when Perrin Brewing Company launches in the Florida market.  This limited release offering will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles in the brewery’s Florida and Michigan markets only.  Details about the other Perrin offerings that will be available at launch are coming soon.

Information concerning official Florida launch events for Perrin Brewing should begin to surface soon.  To ensure that we are all able to raise a glass of Triangulation in celebration of the brewery’s arrival in the Sunshine State, we will update this post with those details once we have them.  Stay tuned. Prost!


Oskar Blues Brewery’s Hotbox Coffee Porter Returns to Shelves

obhotboxcanOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) recently announced that they have partnered once again with Hotbox Roasters to brew up a new batch of Hotbox Coffee Porter.

Thanks to a base of English and German roasted and caramel malts, Hotbox Coffee Porter is loaded with flavors of “roasted nuts, crème brûlée, cocoa and caramel.”  Hotbox Roasters, a Colorado craft coffee roaster specializing in the highest quality, fair-trade coffee beans available to coffee lovers nationwide, then cranks this sensory experience to eleven with an infusion of “potent, cold-extracted coffee from Burundian and Ethiopian beans.”  These select, exotic beans provide added aromatic and flavor notes of plum, chocolate and blueberry.  The finished beer comes together as a 6.4% ABV Porter fueled up on coffee deliciousness.

“Hotbox wake-n-roast gets us rolling in the brewhouse day in and day out.” said head of brewing operation’s Tim Mathews. “Hotbox Porter shows that beer and coffee were meant to be together. Digging in with Hotbox Roasters allowed us to develop a malt blend and a coffee blend that gel beautifully.”

Hotbox Coffee Porter is a specialty release available from September through November.  Look for this brew to turn up in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers within Oskar Blues Brewery’s nationwide distribution footprint.  This beer moves fast once it hits shelves, so grab ’em when you see ’em.  Prost!

Ten FIDY makes annual return for Oskar Blues Brewery

tenFIDYOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) recently announced that Ten FIDY Imperial Stout is returning to shelves and taps in September.

Consistently earning the highest of marks for the style on beer rating sites across the web, Ten FIDY is a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout that “continually brings a new experience for the drinker every time [as] each sip or sniff can evoke a different appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel while never departing from the quality and consistency that Oskar Blues Brewery brings to every batch of beer.”  Boasting massive aromatic and flavor notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee, this viscous Stout truly leaves a lasting impression that you will yearn to revisit with each year’s release.

“Ten FIDY is the perfect illustration of the how good the malt we use really is,” Tim Mathews, said. “Shipped direct to the brewery from the Simpsons Malthouse in the UK; the roast, chocolate, espresso, and burnt sugar really pop. It’s a bear to brew and tests the brewer at every step, but all the sweat and tears are worth it!”

Ten FIDY will be officially available from September 2016 to March 2017.  Look for this tasty brew to show up in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and the other 48 states within the Oskar Blues distribution area.  If you are a lover of rich, malty brews, Ten FIDY is a beer that needs to be on your radar during each year’s release.  Be sure to grab your 4-pack whenever you happen upon it.  Prost!

Vital Information on Ten FIDY Imperial Stout from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Seasonal, September 2016 to March 2017
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 65
Packaging – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and draft
Distribution – All FIDY (50) states