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Oskar BluesCongratulations to one of our newer clients, Oskar Blues Brewery for being named as Beverage World Magazine’s 2012 Craft Brewer of the Year. Led by founder Dale Katechis and located in Longmont, CO, the brewery recently celebrated its 10th Canniversary. This newest honor comes on the heels of being named one of the three “Biggest Momentum Gainers” on the Brewers Association annual Top 50 Craft Brewers List.

What started out as a restaurant in Lyons, CO and then became a brewpub in 1999, Oskar Blues has been at the forefront of the canning revolution since 2002. Dubbed the “Canned Beer Apocalypse,” they started out canning Dale’s Pale Ale, a “hoppy, assertive-but-elegant” beer on a table-top machine that sealed a single can at a time.

Since then the brewery has seen a great deal of growth. In 2012 they posted a 52% increase in sales, a result of a $4 million expansion that added 14 fermenters, and opened a second facility in Brevard, NC, factors that led Beverage World Magazine to choose them for this inaugural award. In opening a second location on the East Coast Oskar Blues will be able to capitalize on reduced shipping for the 45% of their product that is consumed in the Eastern U.S. The 30,000 square foot facility is located at the base of Pisgah National Forest, less than an hour south of Asheville. With the addition of the second facility they will be able to increase annual production by 50%, taking them to nearly 130,000 barrels produced this year.

Read the full article by Beverage World Magazine.

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