Oskar Blues 12th CANiversary!

One of the Colorado’s best brewery’s, Oskar Blues, plans on ringing in their 12th year this Saturday, November 22nd at the Original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons.

HCB - Oskar Blues Caniversary finalTheir 12th CANiversary, as they have dubbed it, will feature an all day OB tap takeover, a Silent Disco that starts at 7:30pm, and a fully loaded buffet dinner from 6-9pm.  Tickets for the OB 12th birthday extravaganza are only $15 and can be purchased in advance through the Oskar Blues website or by clicking this link.

If that’s not enough, patrons can count on listening to the likes of Judge Roughneck and Euforquestra live starting at 8:30pm.  Judge Roughneck has been voted Denver’s best ska/reggae act and is one of Colorado’s premier bands.  A bit of funk can be expected as Euforquestra takes the stage and keeps the party going well in to the night with their blend of dub, funk, soul, and reggae.  The dancing will go all night, that’s for sure!

Long time Oskar Blues lovers, and new fans too, CAN expect some specialty cans to make an appearance as well.  The likes of Chaka (Belgian Pale), Velvet Elvis (Stout), Station 3 (Hefeweizen), Home Skillet (Black IPA), Pollen Buzz (American Adjunct Lager), and Pinner Throwback IPA (Session IPA), will be there for all to enjoy.  With many more goodies on tap this truly is an Oskar Blues fan’s dream come true.

Whether you are an OB fan or just looking for a fun night out, this 12th CANiversary celebration is sure to be a good time!

For more info click HERE

Darker days ahead, beers too

As clocks turn back and nightfall comes earlier in the day, the cooler weather moves in for the winter and so do the dark stouts that many have been waiting for.

Recognized by many bars, breweries, and beer lovers, November 6th is International Stout Day.  A full day dedicated to welcoming the many long lost stouts that have been missing since the spring.  Known for their dark, sometimes pitch black color, and their rich chocolaty, coffee, licorice, and roasty aromas and flavors, stouts begin to fill store shelves and continuously pour from beer taps until the warmer months begin to show their faces again.

Stout Image

Just like any other style of beer, there are a variety of stouts, the most popular of which are American, Milk, Imperial, and Oatmeal.  You’ll find lots of malt character in these, stemming from the grain used in the brewing process.  The bitterness that is often associated with these robust beers comes from the use of roasted grains, which also helps give them their dark color.

Head out to your local bar or liquor store and see what they’ve brought in for the season.  Breweries are getting crafty and adding all sorts of things to their stouts, including chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, hazelnut, pumpkin, and even cereal.  Try a variety to find out which style is your favorite, or maybe they are all your favorites…


You’ve got five or so months to get your fill of these seasonal crafts so seek out your favorites and enjoy them while they last, or stash some away for those times you’re craving something with bold, roasty flavors, in your glass.

Here is a list to get you started:

  • Alaskan – Stout
  • Big Sky Brewing – Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout, Ivan the Terrible (Imperial)
  • Black Bottle Brewery – Cerealiously (Milk Stout w/ Count Chocula), Liquid Metal (Imperial Rye Stout), and Static Age (Hazelnut Breakfast Stout)
  • Lagunitas – Imperial Stout, and Cappuccino Stout
  • Moab Brewery – Black Raven Oatmeal Stout
  • New Belgium – Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
  • Oskar Blues – Ten Fidy (Imperial Stout)
  • Sierra Nevada – Narwhal Imperial Stout, and Stout
  • Tommy Knocker – Black Powder Oatmeal Stout (Pub exclusive)