Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Oskar Blues Brewery 2016 Seasonal GUBNA IMPERIAL IPA Returns with Hand Selected Hops

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Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC - Oskar Blues' spring seasonal, GUBNA Imperial IPA, rolls out the fifth inspired incarnation in March 2016, featuring THE MOST aromatic and heady hops of the 2015 crop, all of which were hand selected by Oskar Blues employees.

Each year, the Oskar Blues brew team headed by Tim Matthews, hosts simultaneous, hands-on, resinous hop selection panels by all employees at both the Colorado and North Carolina breweries to source the most potent, unique and mind-bending hop varietals of the season. The result is an always imposing, but continually reinvented brew.

This 2016 GUBNA Imperial IPA (10% ABV, 100 IBUs) is dry-hopped with prodigious amounts of hand selected Eldorado and Comet hops along with Idaho Experimental 007 hops from Jackson Farms. The brew boasts the same golden to light orange color with white foam and a clear to slight haze. Aromatic qualities include spicy orange zest, papaya, peach, pineapple, floral, pine/spruce and a mix of red berries and watermelon. The body is medium with a lightly viscous mouthfeel and intense bitterness, with orange and pine flavors and a chive-like alcohol heat and zesty hops to finish on the palate.
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GUBNA-enthusiasts can give a harrumph at the release of the brew on March 4 at Oskar Blues' Tasty Weasel Taproom in Brevard, NC. (342 Mountain Industrial Dr.).  The celebration features specialty flights that include 2016 GUBNA along with two cask conditioned and two small batch varieties. Get the event rolling with a group mountain bike ride at 5:30pm and live music by Time Sawyer along with poetry from Poetry on Demand by: Eddie Cabbage. The OB Trolley will pick up at Aloft Hotel (Ashville, NC) at 5 p.m. and return at 9 p.m. Reserve your seats for FREE at http://bit.ly/1JpwWuT.

The Colorado GUBNA harrumph will follow on March 11 at the Tasty Weasel Taproom in Longmont, CO (1800 Pike Rd.) 4pm - 8pm (MST).  The party will host music from Tony Rosario, cheese tasting provided by Haystack Mountain Cheese along with the 2016 GUBNA on draft and cans, Anejo Barrel Aged GUBNA, Melon GUBNA (Firkin), and Mango Jalapeno GUBNA (Firkin).  Additional Colorado details HERE.
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About Oskar Blues Brewery 
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while producing 192,000 barrels in 2015. The original canned craft brewery continues push innovation with the announcement of an Austin, TX brewery in April of 2016 and creations like The Crowler while it distributes to 49 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K.  

In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that offers grassroots grants to those making a difference in the areas of community, the environment, music, and more. In 2015 alone, CAN'd Aid partnered with 52 organizations and provided nearly $400,000 in charitable contributions, bringing the total amount raised $1.9 million to date. CAN'd Aid's "do-goodery" efforts include: 
  • Towns - building strong communities
  • Tunes - for your eyeholes and earholes
  • Treads + Trails - get outside and get after it
  • Love Yur Mama - save the blue marble
To keep up with all things Oskar Blues, visit http://www.oskarblues.com.

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