ACBW 2015: You win some, you lose some…

18 May

So the 2015 American Craft Beer Week has come and gone, with Baton Rouge saw quite a few (mostly successful) events last week. Here are some of my honest thoughts about last week.

The biggest pre-ACBW event was Gnarly Barley’s 1 year anniversary party on May 9th. This was a roaring success, as hundreds of people turned out for the event, and for $10, each attendee got a commemorative snifter glass and 5 pours of different Gnarly Barley beers, including some exclusive to the event (keep this in mind, as we will re-visit this value later in this post). The Raspberry Catahoula Common was a well done refreshing beer that would be great on a hot summer day. The barrel aged Korova milk porter was excellent as well. We also got the bright idea to have the Raspberry Catahoula Common blended with the regular Korova, and that was super tasty. The newer batches of Radical Rye PA are also really nice, as the hop aroma is on point. This was a great event, and I was very happy to help Zac and Cari celebrate their first year in business.

Gnarly Barley Glass

Monday brought the release of the newest batch of Parish Brewing’s Ghost in the Machine double IPA. I scrambled around town to pick up some 4-packs, then headed to Corporate Brew and Draft to try it on tap at 5:00 that evening. What was really interesting was that they had a keg of the previous batch (released in early March) to go alongside the keg of the new batch. There were obvious differences between the two batches, and this release has proven to be the most polarizing. The previous batch has been described by many as a juicy citrus bomb, while the new batch has more dank and resinous qualities to it, and the clarity has increased greatly. I think both are fantastic, yet I find myself gravitating to the newest batch since I find that it has everything I desire in a double IPA: great hop aroma, hops that will melt the enamel from your teeth, and an easy finish without much lingering bitterness. Others tell me they prefer the juiciness of the previous batch. So, for those of you who’ve had both, which do you prefer?

Ghost 4 vs. 5

Tuesday, I went to the Tin Roof tap room for the BBQ dinner plates that Jay Ducote of Bite and Booze was cooking and to try the new Smoke Shack brown ale. The food was delicious (I think the greens may have been my favorite of all time) and I thought the Smoke Shack was a well done beer. I think I’d prefer drinking it when the weather is a bit cooler though (this would be a nice late fall football tailgate beer). This beer would be wonderful with some brisket, pulled pork or a good burger, that’s for sure. The taproom was packed, and it was great to see a lot of people there supporting the local brewery and chefs.

Smoke Shack

Wednesday I was able to try some of NOLA Brewing’s Arabella peach sour and Belma dry hopped Hurricane Saison at Chimes East, and both were enjoyable. I took that evening off to catch up with the family, but heard the turnout at Olive or Twist for their cellar night was nice, as they had a bunch of great beers that were opened. I did get to try Boulevard’s Calling IPA at home, courtesy of Scott, one of the Happy’s Running Club co-founders, and I think it’s by far their best IPA. Hopefully we will get to see Boulevard in Louisiana sooner, rather than later.

Calling IPA

Thursday was also a slow night for me, as I just swung by Tin Roof to try one of their Single Hop Experimental beers, which was pretty good. The hop was HBC 512, and was nice, but nothing exceptionally memorable. I ended up having a couple of other beers at home, which is more my speed anyway.

Friday, I was able to try Bayou Teche’s peach IPA with lunch, and I was impressed. The peach wasn’t overdone, and the hops were fruity. It was a well done beer from them. I also opened my first bottle of NOLA’s Lowerline sour ale, and it was very nice. If you see any bottles, make sure to grab some, because there probably aren’t many left on Baton Rouge shelves.


And now we get to Saturday. First off, I stopped by Tin Roof’s taproom to try out a test batch of their double IPA. It’s a good thing we made it there when we did, because the 5 gallon keg took all of 40 minutes to float, and they were only pouring half pints. My honest feedback on this test batch is that the initial flavor was very nice, with notes of citrus and pine. However, I thought it was a bit boozy (I’m not sure what the ABV was) and the bitterness seemed to build on the palate as I drank more. After I finished my half pint, I couldn’t shake the bitterness from my palate. It could also use some more dry hops for a hoppier aroma to help offset some of the perceived bitterness. But I think this is a good starting point for this beer. Also, keep in mind, that different people enjoy different characteristics from a DIPA. I like a lighter mouthfeel and easy to drink beer with a huge hop aroma, which I find also translates to more hop flavor. Others like a chewier beer with more back end bitterness. So, what I may like in a DIPA may not be the same as what others like. I’d definitely like to try more of the test batches, and I hope my feedback helps.

Our next stop was the Pelican House for their inaugural Delta Brewer’s Ball. This is where I have to be brutally honest. First, let me start by saying this. Pelican House reached out to me well in advance to ask that I help promote the event. They gave me 2 tickets to the event for me to use, as well as 2 to give out to readers of my site. I did a promotion on here and on social media to give away 2 tickets, and I sponsored a Facebook post for the week leading up to the event so that lots of people were reached. Tickets to the event were $30, so I was able to attend for free along with a guest. But the whole event was poorly run, and I would have been pissed off had I paid $30 to attend. Basically, it was a $30 cover charge to get into the bar. Each attendee got a t-shirt and allegedly a goodie bag with schwag from each of the breweries represented. I never got said bag, but I really didn’t care. The specialty beers were being poured at the satellite bar, and the line was ridiculous. I never even got in that line, because I had no desire to wait that long to buy a pint of one of the specialty beers. But what angered most people is that there was no beer included in the $30 ticket. All the beers were full price with tax charged on top of it. There were a LOT of unhappy people that felt swindled, and I don’t blame them one bit. Remember when I said earlier that the Gnarly Barley 1 year anniversary event cost $10 for a commemorative glass and 5 pours of beer? Yeah, think about that versus $30 for a t-shirt and no beer. The best part about the entire event was the couchon de lait from City Pork. They even felt it was necessary to have a stripper get body art painted on her during the event. Seriously, you can’t make this shit up if you tried. That’s what people’s $30 ticket went toward. I honestly feel bad about even promoting event, and to anyone that bought tickets because they saw my promotion, please accept my apology. I don’t like to publicly bash a local business, but this was unacceptable. I left after only 45 minutes, and walked across the street to Corporate Brew and Draft. That place started to fill up with disgruntled Brewer’s Ball attendees, and the comments were all the same. Many of the brewers and brewery representatives were unhappy as well, because people who bought tickets were taking it out on them. That should not happen.

Here’s what this Brewer’s Ball should have been: $30 should have gotten you a tasting glass, not a t-shirt. Each attendee should be given a punchcard, allowing them to get a sample of each specialty beer that the breweries in attendance brought. Everything should be spread out more, so that there are no huge lines, and the attendees can interact better with the brewer representatives. And these breweries flagship beers can be sold at regular prices at the main bar, should the attendees want to drink additional beer. But the way this event was poorly managed this year will likely prevent a lot of people from ever returning. I can include myself in that one. There are too many well run craft beer bars and restaurants in this city for me to put up with one that still can’t get their act together after over two years. The guys and gals that work there are nice people. They really are. But I have had far more bad experiences when going there than any other craft beer bar in the city. I know that this will piss some people off, but so be it. They pissed a lot of people off Saturday. Good luck to Pelican House in the future. Hopefully this will be a learning experience for them. But they seem to have more than their fair share of “learning experiences.” Again, if you went because you saw my post about the event, I apologize.

I did have a great time afterward at Corporate Brew and Draft. There, it was about the beer with no bullshit. I didn’t have to wait in line or pay outrageous prices to drink good beer, and everything was nice and laid back, just the way I like it. The Gnarly Barley cask of Korova with coconut and cocoa nibs was outstanding, as was the NOLA Four Roses barrel aged Irish Channel Stout. I was also able to try the Chafunkta Bayou Blaze red ale, and it was a really well done beer that I will be happy to drink again, even for someone who isn’t a huge fan of the style. There was also a keg of a Thai spiced IPA with Falconer’s Flight hops from 40 Arpent that was really enjoyable.

I wrapped up this year’s ACBW with brunch at The Chimes. They still had some great beers on tap, and I enjoyed a snifter of 2014 Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout with my crab cakes topped with poached eggs.

Tell me about your American Craft Beer Week experiences. What did you do? What was the best beer you had last week? Did you try something new that you’ll be seeking out in the future?

ACBW Schedule of Events

7 May

You asked for it, so here it is: the 2015 American Craft Beer Week schedule of events.

ACBW cover photo

A couple of notes. This schedule is for events and tappings in and around Baton Rouge. There will no doubt be more events added, and I’ll update this list as I find out about them, so keep checking back.

Nora has a piece on the events going on in New Orleans, so I refer you to that for Big Easy ACBW events.

Saturday May 9th

OK, so this isn’t technically part of ACBW, but it’s Gnarly Barley’s 1st Anniversary Party from noon until 4pm in Hammond, I’m going, and so should you.

GB Glass

Sunday May 10th

OK, Sunday still isn’t technically part of ACBW either, but there are some cool things happening.

Chimes East will have kegs of Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 13 and 14, as well as barrel aged versions of the same beers served with brunch at 11am.

Corporate Brew & Draft will tap a keg of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout as well as have bottles of Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine (save the not-craft comments, you know you love this stuff).

Monday May 11th

Tin Roof will tap their new smoked brown ale, Smoke Shack, beginning at 3pm.

Chimes East taps a keg of Founders KBS, and will have Founders Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon Old Ale, Centennial IPA and Dirty Bastard beginning at 5pm.

Corporate Brew & Draft will have kegs of Parish Ghost in the Machine double IPA and Dr. Hoptagon black IPA and a special cask of Triple Citra Canebrake. I repeat: Triple. Citra. Canebrake. The fun starts at 5pm.

The Bulldog will tap Tin Roof’s Smoke Shack smoked brown ale at 5pm.

Chimes LSU will also tap Parish Ghost in the Machine and Dr. Hoptagon at 6pm, as well as have some featured beers from Brooklyn.

City Pork Brasserie and Bar will feature Mudbug Kingcake Ale and NOLA Blonde beginning at 5:30pm.

Red Zeppelin will feature Brooklyn and Yalobusha that evening as well.

Tuesday May 12th

Chimes East will feature NOLA Brewing’s Funk series with their Arabella sour as well as Hurricane Saison dry hopped with Belma hops beginning at 4pm.

Corporate Brew & Draft will feature Bayou Teche’s new Bayou Peche, a peach IPA, as well as a cask of their Bloody Ginger Ale, a ginger beer with blood oranges. Also featured are beers from Grimm Brewing.

Bayou Peche

Tin Roof will host Jay Ducote and Jesse Romero for a night of barbecue bliss to go along with their Smoke Shack smoked brown ale, Pucker Up cherry sour and a Citrus Cascade version of Juke Joint IPA run through the hop randall.

Happy’s Irish Pub downtown will tap Tin Roof’s Smoke Shack just in time for the Happy’s Running Club run at 6pm.

Chimes LSU will tap New Belgium’s Oscar Worthy Coffee as well as their Wild Dubbel at 6pm.

The Pelican House will feature a variety of Green Flash beers as well as Yalobusha all evening.

The Bulldog will feature NOLA’s Lowerline sour, Belma dry hopped Hurricane Saison and Rumplestoutskin, which is their Old New Orleans Rum barrel aged Irish Channel Stout, all starting at 7pm. They’ll also have a cask of Abita’s ginger infused Restoration Pale Ale.

The Draft House downtown will tap Tin Roof’s Smoke Shack at 8pm.

Wednesday May 13th

Tin Roof will feature a pop-up market from the Baton Rouge Fashion Council with food trucks and a tapping of their Single Hop Project Ale with Experimental Hop 342 (yes, the experimental hops are numbered before they are given a name).

The Pelican House will feature Parish Ghost in the Machine and Dr. Hoptagon beginning at 5pm.

Chimes East will tap a keg of New Belgium’s Transatlantique Kriek at 5pm.

Chimes LSU will have Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout vintages from both 2014 and 2015 available for a vertical tasting.

Corporate Brew & Draft will have Evil Twin night, featuring Justin Blaeber blueberry Berliner Wiesse, Molotov Cocktail triple IPA and Molotov Lite double IPA at 5pm.

Beausoleil will feature Bayou Teche’s new peach IPA (Bayou Peche) and Saison d’Ecrevisses all night (go get the truffled fried oysters and thank me later)

The Bulldog will feature New Belgium Cherry Oscar and Rampant double IPA beginning at 6pm.

The Station will feature Mudbug Kingcake Ale and 40 Arpent milk stout.

Olive or Twist will have cellar night, and the list is huge. Check it out:

 Thursday May 14th

Olive or Twist will feature New Belgium Lips of Faith beer cocktails served in copper mugs beginning at 5pm. One of the featured beers will be the new Pear Ginger beer.

Chimes East will feature Tin Roof Smoke Shack smoked brown, Apricot Turnrow as well as a surprise specialty keg, all beginning at 5pm. They’ll also have Stone Imperial Russian Stout.

Tin Roof will be hosting City Pork for dinner service as well as tapping another of the Single Hop Project offerings, this time with Experimental Hop 512.

Corporate Brew & Draft will tap a keg of Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse and have bottles of Bishop’s Barrel 7, 8 and 9, all beginning at 5pm.

Restaurant IPO will have an Abita beer dinner with a specialty cask.

Abita beer dinner IPO

Chimes LSU will tap kegs of Founders KBS at 6pm. Yes, I said kegs, plural. 2014 and 2015 vintages. 

The Smiling Dog will tap their keg of Parish Ghost in the Machine at 8pm.

Friday May 15th

The Bulldog will tap a keg of Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse with specialty syrups at 5pm.

Corporate Brew & Draft will rollout Chafunkta’s new Irish red ale, Bayou Blaze, beginning at 6pm.

Tin Roof’s taproom will feature Perfect Cinnamon Tin Crunch, their amber ale run through the randall of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

The Cove will feature all the Oskar Blues beers Friday evening as well.

Saturday May 16th

Chimes LSU will tap kegs of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Sofie, Matilda, IPA and 312 Wheat at 11am.

Tin Roof will host the 104.5 ESPN Crawfish Cook-Off from noon until 6pm with a pilot batch of double IPA.

The Pelican House will host the inaugural Delta Brewer’s Ball from 3pm until 6pm featuring beers, brewmasters, and owners from 40 Arpent, Abita, Bayou Teche, Chafunkta, Covington, Gnarly Barley, Lazy Magnolia, NOLA, Parish, Saint Arnold, Tin Roof and Yalobusha.

Delta Brewer's Ball

Corporate Brew & Draft will will feature casks from Tin Roof (Strawberry Yonder Hefe) and Gnarly Barley (Korova milk porter with toasted coconut and cocoa nibs), as well as NOLA Lowerline sour, Four Roses barrel aged Irish Channel Stout and Bretta of Destruction (collaboration with Stone with French oak and brettanomyces) beginning at 6pm.

The Bulldog will host an ACBW/End of School block party from 6pm until 10pm.

Sunday May 17th

Corporate Brew & Draft will feature Prairie Artisan Ales, including a keg of Prairie Bomb! and a keg of Prairie Somewhere sour ale.

Enjoy this year’s American Craft Beer Week. I hope to see some of you around at some of these events.

Parish Ghost in the Machine returns in time for ACBW

7 May

Parish Brewing‘s highly acclaimed double IPA, Ghost in the Machine, is returning for the 2nd time in 2015. Parish kegged Ghost yesterday, and it’s being bottled today. It’s currently on draft in their taproom and bottles will be available today as well. They do have a limit of 1 growler fill and 2 4-packs per customer.

Ghost will be headed out to distributors soon, and it will begin showing up early next week in the Baton Rouge area. Corporate Brew and Draft and Chimes LSU will be the first to tap kegs in Baton Rouge at 5:00 and 6:00, respectively, Monday. Bottles will roll out to retailers early in the week as well, so keep your eyes peeled because it will sell out quickly.

By the way, Ghost in the Machine is rated by Beer Advocate as the top beer in the South.

Parish Ghost

Gnarly Barley celebrates their 1st anniversary Saturday May 9th

6 May

Gnarly Barley Brewing is turning 1, and you’re invited to a party to celebrate. Saturday, May 9th marks the first anniversary of Gnarly Barley’s entrance into the Louisiana market. Join Zac and Cari at the Hammond brewery for an afternoon of beer, food, and music to mark the occasion.

The fun begins at noon, and will feature Gnarly Barley’s 3 flagship beers, as well as 2 special brews, food from the Dat’z Italian Wood Fired Pizza and Cupcake Allie food trucks and music by Will Vance and the Kinfolk. $10 gets you a limited edition glass and 5 pours of beer. All ages are welcome to attend, but only those 21 and up can partake in the beer.

Come help them celebrate this Saturday from noon until 4:00.

Gnarly Barley 1

Pelican House to wrap up ACBW in Baton Rouge with Delta Brewer’s Ball

5 May

American Craft Beer Week will kick off Sunday, May 10th, and there are events scheduled in Baton Rouge all week long. The week will wrap up with a bang at the inaugural Delta Brewer’s Ball hosted by The Pelican House. Brewers and brewery owners from all over Louisiana (as well as one from Texas and two from Mississippi) will be in attendance. Special beers from these breweries will be available and you can chat with the brewers about them.

Tickets to the ball are $30 and include the following:

  • 2015 event t-shirt
  • Couchon de lait sandwich bar and charcuterie table by City Pork
  • Schwag bag with items from each brewery
  • Chance to win door prizes provided by breweries

The breweries in attendance at the ball are listed below:

  • 40 Arpent
  • Abita
  • Bayou Teche
  • Chafunkta
  • Covington
  • Gnarly Barley
  • Lazy Magnolia
  • NOLA
  • Parish
  • St. Arnold
  • Tin Roof
  • Yalobusha

Read more about the event, and purchase tickets here.

One lucky person will win a pair of tickets to the Delta Brewer’s Ball by either commenting below or sharing the Facebook post. The winner will be announced Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 PM on my Facebook page and the blog. Good luck, and I hope to see some of you there!

Delta Brewer's Ball

LA Homebrew to host AHA Big Brew Day on Saturday

29 Apr

Saturday, May 2nd is the American Homebrew Association’s Big Brew Day, and LA Homebrew is hosting a big celebration at their shop in Baton Rouge. Brewers from novice to expert level are all welcome to join in the fun, and maybe learn a thing or two while brewing a batch of tasty brew. And if you plan to brew at the event, you’ll enjoy 10% off your ingredient purchase while there.
If you’ve been interested in learning how to homebrew, this is a great event to see the process and ask questions. And even if you’re a seasoned homebrewer, you can see how other people tackle their brew day.
Representatives from all three homebrew clubs in Baton Rouge will be on hand, as well as food and, of course, beer.
Give Keith or Donovan a call at the shop if you have any questions at 225-773-9128 or visit their website for more information.

LA Homebrew will host a Louisiana venue of Big Brew Day on May 2 in honor of AHA Big Brew. The
American Homebrewers Association created AHA Big Brew as an annual, worldwide celebration of
National Homebrew Day . AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May and brings
together thousands of homebrewers from around the world, all brewing the same beer recipes .
At noon Central time, homebrewers raise their glasses of homebrewed ales and lagers for a
simultaneous toast to homebrewing, a hobby that hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe
enjoy. More than 8,000 beer enthusiasts from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and
Australia are expected to participate this year.
We will have several brewers brewing beer all day long, so come out to watch and learn or to join in and
help brew! Saturday May 2nd will be a full day of catered food, fun, and homebrewing!
We will be giving participating brewers 10% off of their ingredients, please contact us to find out how.
LA Homebrew is happy to invite anyone interested in homebrewing to stop by from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
on Saturday, May 2, 2015 to join the fun!
LA Homebrew
7987 Pecue Lane Suite 8-H
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
“AHA Big Brew is a special day for homebrewers, allowing them to unite over what they love most:
homebrewing,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Regardless of which
state, country or even continent they are from, homebrewers share a bond that is strengthened by
knowing they are all brewing together. We are excited to see the breadth of homebrewers worldwide that
participate in this year’s Big Brew.”
At LA Homebrew we are passionate about our craft, our ingredients, and great beer. Our mission is the
help anyone, from novice to expert, better their homebrewering skills through experience advice and
excellent customer service. We hope you decide to brew with us in celebration of National Homebrew Day.


LA Homebrew 3

Oskar Blues is coming to South Louisiana in April

23 Mar

Oskar Blues

Big news on a Monday, as Oskar Blues announced that they will begin distributing their beers to south Louisiana next month. Home of the original canned craft beer, Oskar Blues is long overdue to make it to the Bayou State. Given our lifestyle of outdoor activities such as boating and fishing, as well as tailgating, canned classics such as Dale’s Pale Ale and Mama’s Little Yella Pils should fit in perfectly here. I’m very happy to have OB finally in our market, and look forward to both the flagships and the seasonal releases (Tin Fidy and Gubna, please!).

Read all about it from the Oskar Blues press release below:

Longmont, CO & Brevard, NCOskar Blues Brewery, creator of the first American craft beer in a CAN, will keep cranking along with its strong expansion plans for 2015 with the April launch of the Southern Louisiana market. Oskar Blues has chosen Crescent Crown Distributing to cover the entirety of the southern part of the state from Lake Charles to New Orleans. The partnership marks the expansion of an already solid and productive relationship that has developed over the years with Crescent Crown Distributing of Arizona and Gulf Goldring/Gulf Distributing in Florida and Southern Alabama.”Crescent Crown is extremely pleased to continue our solid partnership with the Oskar Blues Brewery in the Bayou State from New Orleans to the Lake Charles markets. Oskar Blues is a proven and committed supplier partner that delivers innovative beer brands supported with industry leading marketing resources and tools that position them as a key supplier in any craft beer portfolio. With their affinity for good down home Southern food and music, the Oskar Blues brands will be a perfect complement not only to CCD’s robust craft portfolio but also to the ever-growing Louisiana craft beer industry with their unique entrepreneurial and charitable spirit,” says Bubba Moffett, President of Crescent Crown Distributing LLC.

Launching the Oskar Blues brands in Bayou country makes for an especially significant occasion in the history of Oskar Blues given the business’ deep Southern roots and auspicious start in 1997 as a Cajun-soaked bar, restaurant and music hall in Lyons, Colorado.

The launch will unfold throughout April, ramping up with a fully-loaded crew drive during the second week of the New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 27-May 1. Oskar Blues will initially be bringing the full line-up of its award-winning beers in CANS only to retailers and consumers in Louisiana and will roll with a full draft launch in the following weeks.

“The City That Care Forgot is about to get a big Mother FUH-CAN dose of OB. We are on a mission in 2015 and there is NO BETTA place in the world for that launch than NOLA. Whether you desire a can of Dale’s while stumbling around in the Quarter, sipping a Mama’s in the Garden District, or getting rolled in an alley behind AT2’s after one too many Deviant’s, OB is coming hard and correct to The Crescent City,” says Dale Katechis, CEO & Soul Founder of Oskar Blues Brewery.

The beer that started the craft-beer-in-a-CAN revolution, Dale’s Pale Ale, along with the rest of Oskar Blues line-up of year-round brews will be loaded up and truckin’ to the Bayou State from the Colorado brewery at the end of this month and the CANS will be ready for thirsty Louisianans to throw back soon after. This latest expansion move puts Oskar Blues beers into a total of 42 states plus the District of Columbia in the U.S. and three countries internationally. It marks the sixth new market launch this year and there are currently plans to launch 4 to 5 more states before the end of 2015.

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.

Pinner Throwback IPA: Crushable India Pale Ale with a delicate balance of citrusy, tropical hop aroma and a toasty, biscuit-like malt backbone (4.9% ABV, 35 IBUs). Oskar Blues newest brew.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils: This Bohemian Style Pilsner offers 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 at 6.9%.
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, Deviant exemplifies aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins to deliver a full-flavor (8% ABV, 85 IBUs).

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-from packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 to 149,000 barrels in 2014. In December 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an expansion brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Recently, Oskar Blues secured an additional 60,000 square feet at its Colorado location to expand its production footprint. Oskar Blues now distributes trail-blazing craft brews to 42 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K.
About Crescent Crown Distributing

Crescent Crown Distributing is one of the Industry’s largest distributors of beer and nonalcoholic brands with operations in Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Thibodaux) and Phoenix, Arizona, selling, marketing and distributing approximately 28 million cases to over 14,000 accounts annually. As an industry leader, Crescent Crown is dedicated to the development of the craft beer market by partnering with the highest quality local and national craft brands while establishing nationally recognized standards for all of its valued supplier partners throughout its territories.


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