Beers brewed by the Longmont, Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery will gradually start appearing in eastern Iowa bars, restaurants and stores over the next couple weeks. Oskar Blues is a craft brewery that made its first batch of beer in 1998, garnering national recognition for its quality and becoming the first craft brewery to can its beers.
Mike Schulte, the vice president of sales and marketing at Fleck Sales in Cedar Rapids, says Fleck recently received a shipment from Oskar Blues and the distributor began taking orders on Monday. Availability will depend on when establishments place orders and when the beer is delivered.
Some area restaurants, including Donnelly’s, are already offering cans of Oskar Blues. Launch parties for the beers are scheduled at Reds Alehouse on Jan. 28, 30hop on Jan. 29 and Blackstone on Jan. 30. Doug Alberhasky, the store manager of John’s Grocery, says the store should start selling Oskar Blues around Jan. 27.
Instead of introducing Oskar Blues to the region all at once, Schulte says the gradual release allows Fleck to ensure there is enough supply to meet demand in the company’s 22-county territory.
Dale’s Pale Ale, Old Chub Scotch Ale and Mama’s Little Yella Pils will be the first beers available. Schulte says G’Knight, Deviant Dales IPA, Old Chub Nitro and Ten Fidy Imperial Stout will be made available in the coming weeks.
According to an announcement, distribution to Iowa is part of a larger expansion being undertaken by Oskar Blues. Like Iowa, Nebraska and downstate Illinois will also receive shipments from Colorado. Vermont and Maine will receive their first shipments from the brewery’s North Carolina brewing facility soon afterward.
The press release also said that Oskar Blues’ latest year round beer, PINNER Throwback IPA, will also be made available in states that are part of the expansion.