09 October 2012
(Longmont, CO) – Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery and Indiana-based Sun King Brewery have created “The Deuce”, their second CANlaboration project to unite the brewer’s friendship and passion for pushing the boundaries of craft beer in a can.
The Deuce is a limited-release Hopped-Up Brown Ale and the second craft beer (following the pair’s CHAKA Belgian-Style Ale release) to be packaged in the Alumi-Tek® re-sealable pint bottle from Ball Corporation. Limited quantities of the Hopped-Up Brown Ale will be available at Oskar Blues locations (Tasty Weasel Taproom, Home Made Liquids & Solids, Grill & Brew) and in Sun King’s home market during the 2012 Great American Beer Festival week while supplies last.
Similar to the CHAKA CANlaboration the breweries incorporated a blend of ingredients from each brewery’s home state. As made popular by Sun King’s GABF medal winning “Popcorn Pilsner” Riehle’s Select Gourmet Popcorn from Indiana was used in tandem with Colorado Malting Company’s Belgian Pale Malt in the mash. The end result is a 7 percent A.B.V., 69 I.B.U, Hopped Up Brown Ale…think and smell India Brown Ale. The assertive hop aroma is roused from 100% Galaxy hops; three additions in the kettle, one in the whirlpool and dry hopped with one-pound per barrel. The Australian hop known for aromas of citrus and passion fruit contribute to the German chocolate malt presence creating a dry and smooth bitterness not often found in a brown ale.
The connection between these two breweries is deeper than the fact that they both can their beer and collaborated on the first ever craft beer in the Alumi-Tek bottle (CHAKA). Oskar Blues head brewer, Dave Chichura, began his professional brewing career in Indianapolis fifteen years ago where he became friends with Dave Colt and Clay Robinson, the two brewers who created Sun King. The three friends have been talking for years about working together on a collaborative beer, so when the opportunity came to continue to push the boundaries of the craft can package it was an easy yes.
Join Oskar Blues Brewery at the “It’s All about the Package” release party following the Great American Beer Festival at the Blake Street Tavern for a NEW can package release and live music by Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams.
Check out all the details of Oskar Blues’ GABF week here: http://www.oskarblues.com/blog/greatamericanbeerfestival2012