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.

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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.

Zapp’s International Beerfest is tomorrow

20 Mar

Zapp’s International Beerfest returns to the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge on Saturday, March 21st. This annual event is my favorite beer festival in the state. The beautiful outdoor setting of the Rural Life Museum allows the patrons to spread out and enjoy the grounds while drinking some great brews. Hundreds of beers from dozens of brewers will be featured, but as is the case with many of these festivals, the homebrew area is the place to be.

There will be at least 4 homebrew clubs pouring beers, as well as the state’s premier homebrew shop, LA Homebrew. The clubs pouring will be Brasseurs a la Maison, Redstick Brewmasters, Bicycle Brew Club, and Mystic Krewe of Brew. I’ll be out there helping pour beers at the Brasseurs a la Maison setup, which if you’ve seen it before, you can’t miss. Our club has turned an old canoe into a giant wall of taps.

Brasseurs canoe

I brewed 2 beers for Zapp’s, and they are all kegged and ready to serve. The first is a double IPA called “Dank as F*ck”, and it was brewed with some of the dankest hop varieties available: Summit, Appollo, Comet and Mosaic. It definitely has a big hop profile, but finishes without a lot of bitterness. The second is “Pink Passion”, an American wheat ale brewed with passionfruit tea from Highland Coffees. The tea leaves were after the boil, imparting a distinct tea flavor as well as its pink color. If you’re on the beer app Untappd, you can find all of these with the hashtag #zapps2015 or under the brewery “Brasseurs a la Maison.”

DAF & PP

Hopefully the weather holds and we have a nice day to enjoy some great beers with friends. Come try my beers and the dozens more homebrews and craft brews from around the area. Hope to see you there.

Iron Brewer raised nearly 3,000 pounds of food

4 Mar

The results are in from last weekend’s Iron Brewer event, and the numbers are staggering. This homebrew event was to support the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and support it you did. The final tally was 2,955 pounds of food collected and $576 raised. What this means is that the food bank can provide 5,342 meals from what you donated just to drink some homebrews. How freaking awesome is that?!?!

My team ended up winning the people’s choice vote with our The Wrath of Pecan beer, but that’s secondary. What really matters is that a bunch of guys and gals from all across this state brewed a lot of beer that a lot of people enjoyed while giving back to this community. Thank you for coming out and supporting such a great cause.

And thanks to Tin Roof for hosting this event for the 3rd straight year.

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3rd Annual Iron Brewer supporting the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is Saturday February 28th

25 Feb

Brasseurs a la Maison, the largest homebrew club in Baton Rouge, is hosting their 3rd annual Iron Brewer event Saturday at Tin Roof Brewing. The event is a fundraiser for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The inaugural event in 2013 took place on a Friday night, and the 10 teams that participated poured all their beer in less than an hour and a half, while collecting over 1,300 pounds of food for the food bank.

In 2014, the event moved to a Saturday afternoon, more teams were involved, and each team doubled the amount of beer they brewed from the previous year. The result was a more laid back afternoon of tasting beers, and nearly 2,200 pounds of food was collected for the food bank.

Naturally, year 3 brings more teams, more beer, and hopefully, more food for the food bank. The 2015 event will see teams from all corners of the state (two teams are coming all the way from Shreveport!), and there will be over 300 gallons of homebrew served.

But what is Iron Brewer, you may ask? Well, each team was assigned a specific Louisiana grown ingredient, and told to brew a beer that prominently features that ingredient. Some of the ingredients used were coffee, molasses, peaches, satsumas, sweet potatoes, rice, pecans, strawberries, local honey, and even oysters! My team was assigned pecans, and we decided to brew a pecan strong ale called The Wrath of Pecan. The beer is dark brown to ruby in color, very malty, and the pecans come through in both the aroma and flavor. Did I mention it’s 9% ABV? Our team went even further by aging 5 gallons of our beer on bourbon soaked pecans, which gives it a liquid praline character.

The event is free to the public, and runs from 1 until 4pm Saturday afternoon at Tin Roof Brewing. We ask that all attendees bring a non-perishable food item donation, which will allow them to vote on their favorite beer (which will no doubt be The Wrath of Pecan) for club bragging rights. But ultimately, this event is about collecting food and raising money for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and what better way to do it than by spending a beautiful Saturday afternoon outdoors tasting some of the fantastic creations by the homebrewers in our state?

Iron Brewer 2015

Check out some pics from last year’s event!

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Tin Roof Smiling Ivan Russian Imperial Stout releases officially today

25 Feb

Tin Roof Brewing is releasing their new Russian imperial stout, Smiling Ivan, today at The Bulldog in Baton Rouge. Smiling Ivan is a big stout, and is only the second beer Tin Roof has released in bottles, following the fall release of Rougarou imperial black ale. Smiling Ivan is available in waxed 22-ounce bottles with draft availability limited.

This bold stout pours jet black with a beautiful tan head. Notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee dominate the aroma, while the chocolate is particularly apparent on the palate. There’s also some dark fruit, with restrained roast and hops, making this an incredibly smooth stout on the finish, especially given the 10% ABV. The waxed bombers ensure that you’ll be able to age this beer for years to come, so grab a bottle to enjoy now and one to save for a special occasion.

If you can’t make the Bulldog tonight, the Tin Roof tap room will have Smiling Ivan on tap, and bottles should be hitting shelves in the coming days.

Personally, I think this is the best beer Tin Roof has produced to date, and having discussed it with a few others who have had the opportunity to taste Smiling Ivan, I’m not alone in that assessment.

Smiling Ivan

Left Hand Brewing to enter Louisiana later this year

19 Feb

I’m always excited when new breweries enter the state, and it seems that Left Hand Brewing Company will be one of the next big craft breweries to bring their beer to Louisiana. On Tuesday, buried in the comment section of this Facebook post, is a not-so-subtle reply from Left Hand that they will be coming to Louisiana later this year. I’ve heard some rumblings over the past few weeks, but this seems to be proof positive that they are committed. Obviously details, such as when and what distributors, are few at this point. But I’ll be happy as a clam when I can buy bottles of Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro from this Longmont, Colorado brewery over here. Hopefully they’ll bring their neighboring brewery (Oskar Blues) with them.

Left Hand Brewing

NOLA Brewing & Stone Brewing collaborate on Bringer of Destruction

10 Feb

Three years ago (dang, has it really been that long?) Stone Brewing came to New Orleans to collaborate on a Mardi Gras beer with NOLA Brewing. Pour Me Somethin’ Mistah was a hoppy imperial porter brewed with Steen’s molasses and satsuma peel. Stone and NOLA are now collaborating on a new beer, and it will make its debut at noon this Saturday at Avenue Pub.

Bringer of Destruction is an imperial West Coast style IPA that weighs in at 8.4% ABV, and features over two and a half pounds of hops per barrel. The hops featured in this beer are Belma, Vic Secret, Galaxy, Ella and Equinox, and according to NOLA, is the most hops they’ve ever put in one of their beers. This, of course, is sweet music to my ears. I fall squarely in the more-hops-is-better camp, so I can’t wait to give this one a try.

This one will see some limited distribution in the rest of the state, and as soon as I find out where, I’ll be sure to update here.

Bringer of Destruction

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