Thursday, January 7, 2010

Oskar Blues reveals GUBNA - next beer in a can

Oskar BluesRumor has been going around that Oskar Blues brewery of Longmont, Colorado would be releasing a new beer destined to be in cans. Today on Facebook, Oskar Blues said the following:

"'GUBNA' NOW ON DRAFT IN LYONS: Emphasizing that complexity of character can arise from simple elements, this ale is made w/ 3 malts & 1 Summit hop. Dry hopping allows the 9.5% ABV brew to gently coax the citrus rind & grapefruit aroma to join the 100 IBUs. This beer greets you w/ a pungent citrus blast, provide a spicy yet round middle & finishes w/ a brisk, clean bitterness. MARCH 1st RELEASE DATE IN CANS!

GUBNA is an IMPERIAL IPA & will debut in a CAN on March 1st. It will rotate with TenFIDY Imperial Stout (November to March)."

Holy cow! This is going to be one big hoppy beer. Nice to know that when Ten Fidy goes on seasonal break that there will be another brew coming to fill in for the March to October time frame.

I haven't seen a can label design yet but you can bet it will be on display at their restaurants and tasting rooms very soon. It was tapped for the 1st time at their restaurant in Lyons last night (Jan. 6, 2010).

Has anyone had a chance to try this beer yet? If so, tell us about it here.

Oskar Blues at the Big Beers fest in Vail

The Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines festival is going on in Vail, Colorado this weekend (January 7-10, 2010) and Oskar Blues is bringing along 3 special brews just for that occasion.

First is ODB - Old Double Bagger Barleywine - just 3 months old but has a long life ahead of it. It weighs in at 13.2% ABV and 100 IBUs.

The next brew is a Sour Cherry Barrel-aged Ten Fidy. It's their famous Ten Fidy thats been aged in oak barrels along with 36 pounds of tart pie cherries. A slightly lactic character and weighs in at 10% ABV.

Lastly, O.B. is offering up their Velvet M-80 Gordon Ale - an imperial red/double IPA. It weighs in at 8.7% ABV and 60 IBUs.

Wishing I was up at the festival to try some of these. Look for extras at their tasting room and restaurants.

Update 1/15/2010: recently posted an image of the GUBNA can label. See it here.

Related articles:
- Oskar Blues celebrates 7 years of canning.
- Oskar Blues Liquids & Solids opened in October.
- Cellaring notes on Oskar Blues Ten Fidy.
- Oskar Blues Old Chub review.

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