Great canned beer? The term has been an oxymoron for craft beer lovers used to getting their full-flavored beers from bottles palonly. But in November of 2002, Oskar Blues Brewery (in tiny Lyons, Colorado, pop.1400) changed that by launching its “Canned Beer Apocalypse.”

The brewery began hand-canning its hoppy, assertive-but-elegant Dale’s Pale Ale on a table-top machine that sealed just one can at a time. The move made Oskar Blues the first US craft brewer to brew and can its own beer.

Why cans? “We thought the idea of our big, luscious pale ale in a can was hilarious,” recalls founder Dale Katechis. “And it made our beer immensely portable for outdoor enjoyment fun.” Katechis and his crew then discovered other bennies of aluminum cans. “Cans keep beer incredibly fresh by fully protecting it from light and oxygen.”

And unlike cans of old, the modern aluminum can is lined with a coating so beer and metal never touch. Cans are also easier to recycle, free of glass breakage issues, and less fuel-consuming to ship. (35% of the weight of a bottle of beer is the bottle itself.)

But it’s the beers inside of the Oskar Blues cans that have wowed beer experts and consumers. The many honors for Dale’s Pale Ale include Top American Pale Ale from the New York Times and World’s Best Canned Beer from Details magazine.

Honors for Oskar Blues’ Old Chub Scottish Style Ale — an 8% ABV, semi-sweet dark beer with luxurious flavors of coffee, chocolate and a kiss of smoke — include Top Rated Scottish Ale from

G’Knight is an imperial red ale (8.7% ABV) with an intense aroma, a rich middle of malts and hops, and a surprisingly comfy finish for a beer of its size. Its honors include a 2008 World Beer Cup medal, “Top 5 US Extreme Beers” from the New York Times and “Best in Show” at the 2009 International Canned Beer Festival.

The brewery’s new Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an all-malt pilsner (5.3% ABV) made with hearty amounts of pale malt, German specialty malts, and a blend of Bavarian hops.

“We’re in this to have fun and put some extra joy on the planet,” Katechis says. “We love the way people’s heads spin around after they try one of our four-dimensional canned beers. ‘That came out of a can?’ We hear it all the time.” Get more details at

Oskar Blues Brewery
1800 Pike Rd, Unit B
Longmont, Colorado 80501
Dale Katechis,
John Bryant,
Chad Melis, Marketing
Wendy Weathers, Sales
Tree Rogers, HR & Customer Service
Sam Vondra, Web Orders / Merchandise

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
303 Main Street
Lyons, Colorado 80540
Anita Gray, Manager
Hours of Operation:
Restaurant Hrs: Monday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Bar Hrs: Sunday through Thursday 11:00 AM to 12 Midnight
Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids
1555 S Hover Rd
Longmont, Colorado 80501
Anita Gray, Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids & Solids Manager
Hours of Operation:
Restaurant – Monday through Sunday 11:00 AM to Close

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room
1800 Pike Rd, Unit B
Longmont, Colorado 80501
Beth Daugherty, Manager
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Firkin Friday 3:00 PM to 8:00, Saturday & Sunday 12PM to 6PM

Dave McIntyre, All band bookings,


About Us:
Medovina brings you artisan Colorado Honey Wine produced by our meadmaster, Mark Beran, and his dedicated work force of Buckfast bees, now over a half a million strong.

Mead, or honey wine, is perhaps the oldest of alcoholic beverages. Simply put, it is wine made from honey instead of grapes. Like grape wine, it can be crafted with either a dry or a sweet finish.

Medovina produces its own honey, from which it hand crafts its mead. Our beeyards are nestled in Old Town Niwot – in the shade of large cottonwoods planted nearly a century ago by early homesteaders.

Contact Information:
Medovina Website
P.O.Box 629
Niwot, CO 80544
Office: 303.845.3090
Fax: 303.845.3091

Acli-Mate® Mountain Sport Drink is a unique and energizing natural sport drink designed to aid in the prevention of altitude sickness AND assist mountain athletes in maximizing performance at elevation. The specific combination of natural ingredients including vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and select herbal extracts make Acli-Mate® Mountain Sport Drink ideal for mountain visitors and athletes!

Common symptoms of altitude sickness that may be prevented, decreased or eliminated by the use of Acli-Mate® Mountain Sport Drink include: fatigue, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, muscle cramping, insomnia, elevated blood pressure, shortness of breath, water retention and dehydration. Acli-Mate® Mountain Sport Drink is an excellent choice for travelers, recreationalists, athletes and all mountain and outdoor enthusiasts at any elevation. It may be used by mountain visitors and athletes of all ages and comes in two delicious flavors – Orange and Grape.

Altitude-sickness-remedy For more information on altitude sickness or a 100% Natural Altitude Aid that helps prevent altitude sickness and promotes hydration and energy at elevation visit

Acli-Mate Website
80 Camino Del Rio # 3
Gunnison, Colorado 81230
PHONE: 1-866-641-5361

The Colorado Cider Company was founded to produce a fresh hard cider for the discerning Colorado drinker. With a well-developed craft beer market and an educated populace Hard Cider has been a missing choice in the cacophony of craft drinks in local pubs and liquor stores. We hope to remedy that!

The Colorado Apple Industry has shrunk in the last 20 years due to global competition and the ever shrinking variety of apples demanded by the table fruit buying public. As with many things the future for Colorado Apple Growers might reside with the cultivation of heirloom varieties and niche market local produce. The Colorado Cider Company is dedicated to reviving these apples in Colorado and developing its cider to take advantage of all the wonderful flavors out there in the apple universe.

Colorado Cider Company Website
2650 W. 2nd Ave #10
Denver, CO 80219

Colorado Coffee Merchants roasts for the Ümpire Estate brand. We are a small batch specialty coffee roaster located in Colorado Springs. Our goal is to roast only the finest beans the world has to offer at fair prices and with superior service. Our commitment to coffee and customer service blends together the two finest ingredients for one incredible company. We have the passion and vision needed to give you the best cup of coffee you will ever experience.

Since our beginning, the Ümpire Estate coffee brand has been about the highest quality of coffee roasted by the highest standards. Carried with freshness and customer service we think that it gets no better. We stand by a personal pledge to be the best in the business, and a personal commitment to bring it to you consistently—every time.

Colorado Coffee Merchants Website
302 East Fillmore Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
(719) 473-8878
(866) 473-8878
Name: Stephanie Willes

Downslope Distilling is the invention of Mitch Abate, Matt Causey and Andy Causey and is the result of their passion for quality adult beverages. They began their interest in the subject through home brewing; though typical home brewers they are not. While Andy was researching advanced wort production and home brewing technique, Mitch was traveling the country compiling mountains of information about how whiskey was made. Matt was perfecting the art of grain mashing and fermentation. Though they had known each other for a very long time, two years ago they decided to combine their talents and produce limited amounts of hand crafted spirits. The goal: Produce and sell the highest quality distilled spirits (rum, whiskey and vodka) available, to do so locally, and to make those products first available to the local community.

The next year was utilized to research how this could be done. Their energy turned to selecting an appropriate facility, selecting equipment suitable to their product-centered goals and meeting the extensive regulatory requirements to establish Centennials’ first craft distillery.

The still is custom designed, the wash production is more artisanal than state of the art and the space is limited. The principals believe that with the support of the many beverage enthusiasts met over the years, they have the means to delight the local community with spirits of incredibly high quality. Spirits made, whenever possible from local produce, by members of the community.

The Principals have climbed the mountain of establishing the facility and perfecting their techniques. It is now time to go Downslope to double diamond (expert) spirits.

Downslope Distilling
6770 South Dawson Circle
Suite 400
Centennial, Colorado 80112
(303) 693-4300

Here at Mystic Mountain Distillery we hand craft spirits.

To bring you the highest quality, we build our own stills, on our plant floor. It is the only way we know to produce the finest quality spirits possible.

Typically, each still is used for only one product, thus we can ensure the quality you deserve. It is a more expensive way of doing business, but we believe in delivering quality. Quality that is difficult to achieve when flavors are mixed in a single still!

Mystic Mountain Distillery Website
11505 Spring Valley Rd.
Larkspur, CO. 80118
Phone: 303 663-9375 (8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mountain Time Zone)

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