Beer Blog #2
15 September 2015 · Lou McKercher

Greetings beer fans!

Welcome to the Oskar Blues Fooderies Beer Blog; your one-stop-browser-shop for all things fermentable in the Oskar Blues restaurant world.

So what's new? Days are getting shorter, the kiddos are back in school, and the nights have started to take on that unmistakable Autumn chill, which can mean only one thing.... Oktoberfest! At Homemade Liquids & Solids, we just so happen to be currently pouring one of our favorite examples of the marzen style; American Craft Beer pioneer and behemoth Sierra Nevada's new Oktoberfest.

For this season's incarnation of their Festbier, which Men's Journal cited as "The World's Best Oktoberfest". Sierra chose to continue their rich history of collaboration, this time with Germany's Brauhaus Riegele. Riegele is a family-owned brewery that has been brewing classic and award-winning German beers since 1386(!), led by 27th generation Brewmaster Dr. Sebastian Priller-Riegele.

Sierra Nevada used a Riegele house favorite German heirloom barley varietal called Steffi and paired it with both traditional German Noble Hops and, in a nod to Sierra Nevada's characteristic style, boosted the aroma hop additions to create a beer that is both true to style in it's drinkability (6% ABV) and uniquely genre pushing in it's flavor complexity. We love it and we know that you will as well!

How Sierra Nevada Made the World's Best Oktoberfest - MensJournal.com - The California craft brewery got ahold of an heirloom German barley. Read more...

Finally, we are proud to announce that we will be hosting the exclusive Colorado launch of Portland-based Ecliptic Brewing this Friday at 4pm at Homemade Liquids and Solids. Ecliptic is a new venture from John Harris, a long-tenured craft beer boundary pusher with experience at Oregon Craft Beer Mt. Rushmore fixtures staples Full Sail & Deschuttes, where he was responsible for the recipes for award winning beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale (96 rating on Beeradvocate.com)Black Butte Porter (100), and Obsidian Stout (100).

Ecliptic's zeitgeist is based on the philosophy of seasonality.

Following the Old World calendar of Samhain, Winter Solstice, Brighid, Spring Equinox, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lammas, and Autumnal Equinox, Ecliptic rotates the brewing schedule every six weeks to feature the freshest ingredients and lend each beer it's own larger contextual experience, which harkens back to a simpler time of hyper-local, seasonal, and community focused beers. Some of the exciting beers we'll be pouring include Electra Framboos, a raspberry farmhouse ale with cacao nibs, and Dogfish Head collaboration Sagittarius B2N, a saison brewed with grapefruit, lemon & hibiscus. Read more...

Make sure to check back regularly for news on upcoming tapping events, information on Oskar Blues Brewery limited release beers, a running conversation on the state of the craft beer industry, and updates on our continued efforts to serve you the best possible craft beers. We'll be announcing our tapping schedule for Great American Beer Fest week soon!