This week Team Chug will be focusing on the pioneer of canned craft beer: Oskar Blues Brewery out of Longmont, CO. They’ve been putting huge, delicious beers into cans since 2002 and keep churning out new ideas every year, like the 19.2 oz imperial pint cans for Dale’s Pale Ale.
I have a special place in my heart for Oskar Blues because it’s the brewery that first got me interested in craft beer. I grew up drinking Busch Light (because it was cheaper than Bud Light) and when I moved to Colorado I switched to Keystone Light (because it was cheaper and basically indistinguishable from Coors Light.) Though these beers were easy to chug, they didn’t provide much in the way of taste, which at the time wasn’t an issue for me. Living in a shitty apartment and bouncing around temp jobs meant that price was the issue. When I first became interested in craft beer I wanted something that was reasonably-priced, but also had a high enough ABV to still get me properly buzzed. If I was going from 30 Keystones down to 12 craft beers for the same price, I required something that had double the alcohol as my chosen pale lager. That’s when I came across Old Chub. At the time I could get a 12-pack for around $16 and it was boasting an 8% ABV. Boom. That was my magic number. The rest is history.
My dad came out to visit that year and I decided to take him to their tasting room – The Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont. That’s where I was able to taste their full lineup of beers and I was blown away. Even my dad was impressed even though he was an avid supporter of Busch Light. We happened to be there during a special release of One Hit Wonder and we ended up buying a 6-pack that we had planned to drink the following night. However, it was an hour ride home from the taproom and so while my wife drove, my dad and sat in the backseat and crushed One Hit Wonders.
At one point my dad finished one and asked my wife, “How much longer til we get home?”
My wife replied, “Probably 7 minutes.”
My dad responded, “Well, I better have another one then,” and he cracked open the last of the six-pack.
The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Though my tastebuds (and budget) have evolved over the years, I’ll always remember that Oskar Blues (and Old Chub) was my original gateway into craft beers. Stop by every day this week to see a new review of another one of their beers, starting with an absolute BEAST this afternoon. Buckle up and enjoy.
We’ll kick off the week with a look back at review we did last summer of Mama’s Little Yella Pils.
Mama’s Little Yella Pils