September 20, 2018

Oskar Blues Brings Back Death By Coconut Irish Porter


LONGMONT, CO, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 - Oskar Blues Brewery announces a cult classic comeback - Death by Coconut Irish Porter returns for winter 2018 with kickoff events in taprooms on October 5. The seasonal brew marries flavors of bittersweet cacao and creamy coconut; asserts that beer is the perfect dessert; and invites believers to join the Death by Coconut Irish Porter Cult this season. The 6.5% ABV porter will be nationally distributed in 4-packs of 12oz cans starting in early October.

Chocolate and coconut are perfectly intertwined in a recipe that pleases the beer gods. “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 was originally brewed as a small batch collaboration with Shamrock Brewing in 2014 and went on to earn a silver medal at GABF in the chocolate beer category. At that point, increased demand challenged brewers to find innovative ways to accentuate the rich chocolate flavor while increasing consistency and stability for distribution of the cult favorite outside of the taproom. 

Boulder-based Cholaca provided the answer to the chocolate question. The product is made from three ingredients - water, cacao and coconut sugar - and allows brewers to give beer a rich, smooth chocolate flavor by adding liquid chocolate (cacao emulsified in water) rather than using cacao nibs or powders. Plus, the cacao is sourced directly from farmers and co-ops in Ecuador that utilize regenerative farming practices. “Now Cholaca is in over 700 breweries, in 50 states including Canada, in 15 countries, including Australia. That volume gives us the ability to import quality cacao. It helps us get the great stuff,” said Cholaca founder Ira Leibtag. “Without the great stuff, we end up with GMO and preservative-infiltrated product… and ruined rainforests.”

Cholaca’s bittersweet chocolate flavor comes together with raw, desiccated coconut and a malt bill based around Simpson’s Extra Dark Crystal. The result is a rich, dessert-y flavor with a light, approachable mouthfeel.

Folks interested in ritual beer-drinking, chocolate worship and coconut offerings are invited to join the Death by Coconut 2018 cult. The initiation happens on October 5. Check out party details here:

Austin, TX, Taproom
Longmont, CO, Taproom
Boulder, CO, Taproom
Brevard, NC, Taproom

Following taproom releases, Death by Coconut will be distributed nationally in 4-packs of 12oz cans. Use the beerfinder to find it on shelves near you.

September 19, 2018

How to Pair Sushi with Beer | That's Odd, Let's Drink It

Sushi and beer pairings get an upgrade in the season finale of That's Odd, Let's Drink. Instead of drinking cans of industrial lager with takeout California rolls, brewmaster Sam Calagione attempts to match Japanese and American brews with some of the greatest hits from the omakase menu at Shuko, one of NYC's most acclaimed sushi bars. Joining the micro-pairing adventure is musician Julianna Barwick, who brewed a sushi-inspired, wasabi-infused beer called Rosabi with Sam a few years back. 
 
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New Beer Release from Founders: Trigo

Personally I love Founders and I also love their ArtPrize Series. Previous ArtPrize Series beers include some of my favorites like Green Zebra (!!!) and Pale Joe. Here's more on their latest.
 
Founders Brewing Company: "For our 2018 ArtPrize beer Trigo, we reached out to our immensely talented Founders Family to create a piece of original work for the label. This year, that honor went to culinary team member Cody Levon, an incredible kitsch painter whose work emulates the beautiful methods of the old masters. His painting of a strong Spanish woman includes subtle references to Spain such as the Red Carnation. We worked with our pals at Mahou San Miguel to bring the recipe for Trigo (Spanish for ‘wheat’) to life. The result is a clean and crisp wheat lager with big, American-hopped aromatics."
 
 

September 18, 2018

Tap Time Radio from Sept 17th, 2018

Check out last night's edition of Tap Time on 103.7 The Buzz with our guest A.B. Naylor discussing this weekend's Little Rocktoberfest and lots more:
 

September 12, 2018

Dogfish Head Announces Wild Ale Program

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery: We’ve been producing and perfecting the sour ale for over two decades now, so we got to thinking … wouldn’t it be nice if you could get your hands on even more wild ales from Dogfish Head? Well friends, your wildest dreams are about to come true thanks to our new, funky wild beer program, ‘Wooden … it be nice!’ 
 
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Founder's Solid Gold: The Ultimate Challenge

I'm a big fan of Michigan's Founder's Brewing Co. and would probably have them in my top 3 favorite breweries overall. I like them because they make great beers and also they take chances on styles. Making a premium lager was a bit of a risk in my opinion, not a lot of craft breweries were taking on that market share at the time, but the resulting beer, Solid Gold, is just crazy easy to drink. In the age of giant hop bombs and barrel-aged everything, "crushable" is becoming a lost art in my opinion.  

Founder Brewing Company: "Why brew a premium lager and launch it year-round? Because taking chances is in our DNA.

Solid Gold represents a new frontier for us. One where a premium lager can rub shoulders with a barrel-aged stout and no one blinks an eye. Because we think beer is beer is beer and it's up to us, the craft brewers of the world, to show beer drinkers how good a premium lager can be. This is Solid Gold."

September 11, 2018

Sean Evans Tastes Mace-Infused Spicy Beer | That's Odd, Let's Drink

Sean Evans is the perfect guinea pig for one of Dogfish Head brewmaster Sam Calagione's craziest recipes to date: In Your Mace, a pepper spray-infused stout custom-made for someone who has eaten the spiciest wings on the planet. Before unleashing this diabolical creation on Sean, Sam warms him up with a crash course in how to pair spicy foods with beer. Then, the duo decides to kick things up even further by running the Mace-spiked beer through a special contraption stuff with Carolina Reapers, Chocolate Bhutlahs, and a boatload of other peppers from chile guru Smokin' Ed Currie.

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August 22, 2018

That's Odd, Let's Drink It - S2 Episode 2

Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione heads to Oklahoma City to celebrate Record Store Day and craft beer with indie-rock legends The Flaming Lips. In addition to tasting a couple extra-special collaboration brews, Sam and lead singer Wayne Coyne discuss their own offbeat collaboration called Dragons & Yum Yums—a tropical pale ale packed with dragonfruit, yumberry, passionfruit, and black carrot juice. With the ingredients of the beer as his muse, Coyne wrote lyrics for a special release called "The Story of Yum Yum and Dragon," pressed into super-limited vinyl records injected with the beer itself. There's music in the beer, and beer in the music...literally.

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Oskar Blues Announces Large Format (15-pack) Canundrum Mix-Pack


Oskar Blues Large Format Packages are up Over 100% From 2017

LONGMONT, CO, AUG 22, 2018 - The Oskar Blues Brewery CANundrum variety pack, previously presented as a 12-pack, is now available as a 15-er dream team of the brewery's best core offerings. Oskar Blues provides more diversity to the beer drinker with the new format, which will be distributed nationwide starting Sept. 1. Oskar Blues is one of only five craft breweries in the U.S. to release a mixed 15-pack.

Oskar Blues Brewery has crammed five straight-shooting brews into one box. So what’s inside?
  •     Dale’s Pale Ale
  •     Mama’s Little Yella Pils
  •     Pinner Throwback IPA
  •     Oskar Blues IPA
  •     G’Knight Imperial Red IPA (in a mixed pack for the first time)

Dale’s Pale Ale, the voluminously hopped mutha and #2 selling craft six-pack in U.S. Grocery, plays centre. This pack’s power forward is Mama’s Little Yella Pils, a true-to-the-style, uncompromising pilsner brewed with pilsner malt and Saaz and Aramis hops. Pinner Throwback IPA rocks the small forward position with citrusy, tropical fruit notes and a biscuity finish at an incredibly crushable 4.9% ABV. Playing shooting guard is OB IPA, a metamodern IPA crafted from hand-selected Australian hops. Rounding out the lineup is G’Knight Imperial Red Ale at point guard.

The U.S. Open Beer Championship recently honored G’Knight Imperial Red IPA with a gold medal in the Imperial Red IPA category. Up 121% in 2018, this monstrously malted, sadistically smooth and well-balanced beer is America’s Velvet M-80. G’Knight is an OG Oskar Blues beer brewed and named in honor of a real life American hero, Gordon Knight. Knight was a Colorado craft beer legend, decorated Vietnam vet and Purple Heart recipient who lost his life in a helicopter crash while fighting a wildfire outside of Oskar Blues’ birthplace of Lyons, CO.

The 15-pack offers more of what today’s craft drinker demands – variety. That desire is demonstrated by 32.6% growth YTD in mixed can packs. Additionally, many of the “Impact Brands” identified by the BA in 2017 were mixed pack offerings, demonstrated by the success of the Oskar Blues shrink-wrapped CANundrum 24 multi-pack with packaging engineered by The Dow Chemical Company, which is up over 400% YTD.

Oskar Blues’ CANundrum is the choicest choice you don’t have to make. Why pick one Oskar Blues beer when you can have ‘em all? Play to win and find a 15-pack CANundrum near you using the beerfinder.

About Oskar Blues Brewery:
 
Founded over 20 years ago in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with their hand-canned flagship brew, Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues operates breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas while reaching 200,000 barrels per year and featuring Dale’s Pale Ale as the nation's top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S. supermarkets. The makers of the Original Craft Beer in a Can continue to innovate with creations like The CROWLER, Hotbox Roasters, B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Sodas, The Oak Room, Oskar Blues Fooderies, REEB Cycles and the cycling-inspired accommodations and event space at REEB Ranch in North Carolina. Oskar Blues is available in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., parts of Canada, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, The U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, and South Korea. Along with Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing and Three Weavers Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery belongs to a disruptive collective of like-minded craft brewers known as CANarchy, the largest canned craft beer supplier in the country.

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August 16, 2018

Brewery Visits for 2018 (so far)



So last year I made it out to 54 breweries in all and I figured that although I wasn't really shooting for that number in 2018, I'd probably be close to it again with all the road trips my wife and I do. So with the year over halfway over I took a look at how many I'd hit so far and of course I'm over halfway to that number, with 32 breweries visited so far. Some of these I've been to many times, some are new to me and several are ones I'd been wanting to get to for quite some time.

A few highlights:

I was fortunate enough to go to Sweetwater 420Fest in Atlanta this year and got to visit the Sweetwater brewery and also The Woodlands, their barrel-aging facility. Huge operation they've got going with some fantastic brews. Wish I'd have been able to visit more Atlanta breweries, but it was an awesome weekend.

Also knocked one off the ole bucket list, finally making it to Jester King just outside of Austin, TX, for a wonderful visit. It was everything I thought it would be and more. Amazing beer, great people and a really cool facility. Austin has tons of breweries and we only made it to a few. Looking forward to getting back to that city.

Got up to Springfield, Mo and hit one of my favorite breweries, Mother's Brewing, for my birthday weekend. New breweries popping up there regularly. Also made it to Springfield Brewing Company and Lost Signal plus Brick & Forge in Harrison, AR on the way home. Cool quick trip. 

My first trip every over to Oklahoma City allowed me to visit quite a few breweries I'd never been to before, so that was cool. A great beer scene is "brewing" over there. See what I did? Ha.

So anyway, here's the current list for 2018...


Abita Brew Pub Abita Springs, LA
Anthem Brewing Co. Oklahoma City, OK
Blue Canoe Brewing Co. Little Rock, AR
Blue Owl Brewing Austin, TX
Brick + Forge Harrison, AR
Bricktown Brewery Oklahoma City, OK
Brieux Carre Brewing Co. New Orleans, LA
Coop Ale Works Oklahoma City, OK
Courtyard Brewery New Orleans, LA
Flyway North Little Rock, AR
Fort Smith Brewing Co. Fort Smith, AR
Great Raft Shreveport, LA
Independence Austin, TX
Jester King Austin, TX
Lost Forty Little Rock, AR
Lost Signal Springfield, Mo
Mother's Brewing Co. Springfield, Mo
NOLA Brewing New Orleans, LA
Port Orleans New Orleans, LA
Prairie OKC Oklahoma City, OK
Prestonrose Farm & Brewery Paris, AR
Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. Little Rock, AR
Rough Tail Brewing Co. Oklahoma City, OK
Springfield Brewing Co. Springfield, Mo
SQZBX Brewery Hot Springs, AR
STATS Brewpub Atlanta, GA
Stone's Throw Brewing Little Rock, AR
Superior Bathhouse Brewing Hot Springs, AR
Sweetwater Atlanta, GA
Twisted Spike Oklahoma City, OK
Urban South New Orleans, LA
Vinos Brewpub Little Rock, AR