Crafty Ladies with Oskar Blues’ Hops and Heifers Farm

I knew going into the Oskar Blues Crafty Ladies  that I was going to have to pace myself, as Oskar Blues has some incredibly high ABV beers, but when I walked in and was handed a G’Knight (8.7% ABV) as the “starter” beer I really had to watch it. G’Knight is a smooth, yet strong, Imperial Red named for former master of brewing Gordon Knight. Lucas Allen, our Oskar Blues guide for the evening, shared some nice words about Gordon who won three GABF titles from three different breweries in the 1990s. Unfortunately, we lost Gordon too young while fighting a fire near Rocky Mountain National Park in 2002. But his glory lives on with the folks at Oskar Blues and G’Knight.

Oskar Blues is no stranger to Crafty Ladies events,  so to mix it up a bit the focus of the evening was around their Hops and Heifers Farm in Longmont.  Hops and Heifers is the 50 acre home to 100% Oskar Blues raised Black Angus cattle. The cows feast on the spent grain from brewing, which Allen described as “candy for the cows,” especially the grain from the Ten Fidy. They also have two acres of hops Continue reading

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Crafty Ladies Summer BBQ Beer Dinner with Firestone Walker and Oskar Blues

Elizabeth Kagan from Firestone Walker and Chris “The Gubna” Katechis from Oskar Blues compiled an in-your-face tasting menu of big beers for our Summer BBQ Beer Dinner.  We started out light with the Solace and Mama’s Little Yella Pills weighing in at 4.8% and 5.3% respectively. Both beers are nice and easy session beers, perfect for the 30 minute time frame between arrival and the first course.  The Solace is a “summer fusion wheat” beer and Mama’s Little Yella Pills is the 2011 GABF Silver Medal winner. Bittered with Czech Saaz hops, Mama’s is a great pilsner that went down smoothly on the hot summer night. Both beers are currently on tap at Highland Tap and Burger, though the Solace is headed out to make room for one of Firestone’s fall brews. Continue reading

Spring in Five Cans of Beer

Blue skies beam down, the sun shines, the snow melts . . . it’s been spring in Colorado for some time now, and there’s nothing like unseasonably warm weather to inspire inhabitants of the Rocky Mountain state to get outside. We’ve done just that, hiking, camping, gardening, and celebrating the glory that is the Colorado beer scene.

Now I know there are still critics of canned beer. But I say, let them be.  It’s they’re loss to miss out on the enjoyment of Colorado craft in its most portable fashion. As I look back on the 2012 spring season, some of the finest outdoor moments found me with a can-in-hand. Continue reading

Craft Beer Radio and Oskar Blues 15th Anniversary

As we all know by now, Colorado is the Napa Valley of Beer.  So why wouldn’t we have our own Craft Beer Radio show? In efforts to promote Craft Beer Week (May 12-19) and Crafty Ladies, I jumped on the opportunity to join John Turk, Chris “The Gubna” Katechis, and The Thirsty German on Colorado Craft Beer Radio Saturday, April 28th at Arvada Beer Company.   First off, I had a blast. What’s not to like? Drink beer. . . listen to a radio show about beer. . . drink more of ABC’s great beer while talking about beer on the radio.

After talking with “The Gubna,” an Oskar Blues guru, I decided to head northwest to Lyons for the 15th Anniversary celebration Continue reading