The leader of the canned beer revolution. Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Co started this whole madness by stuffing aluminum cans full of their super tasty Dales Pale Ale. They have expanded the lineup to include Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Ten Fidy, Gordons (not pictured) and Old Chub (not pictured).

It is quite evident that they’ve made a huge influence on the brewing industry by starting such a craze as micro-canned beer. So many breweries have followed suit, with more popping up everyday. Really though, you can’t blame them. It’s a remarkable idea. The packaging is lighter, light and air tight and easy to pack in a backpack. It’s the campers beer.

So many of you already know my love for Dales Pale Ale. Hands down, one of the most well balanced Pale Ales I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. With loads of hops and the malts to back it up, it really should be in everyone’s top 10. As for Oskars other beers, Gordons is a double IPA which is super-tasty and very difficult to find. Ten Fidy, the canned Imperial Stout can hold it’s own against any of the best Imp. Stouts you can think of, yet this is from a can. Mama’s Pils, awesome, crisp and bitter pilsner. Last, Old Chub, a canned Scottish Ale, super malty, low hops, my least favorite of the Oskar line-up but still very worth drinking.

If you haven’t already had the pleasure of experiencing Oskar’s beer, be sure to seek it out. I have to travel to find their beer, but it’s well worth the trip.

Pairing Suggestions:

Dales: Burgers, Mexican, Pepperoni Pizza

Mama’s Pils: Brats, Sausage, Salad

Ten Fidy: Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Donut, Funnel Cake

Gordons: Carrot Cake, Macaroons, Glazed Donut

Old Chub: Chicken, Pork, Salmon

beer + food = Barleydine


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