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The Taste of Emporia Q&A – Oskar Blues Brewery

Avatar photo by Casey Woods, Executive Director | April 1, 2015

This is the first in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th!

Tate Nelson is a Market Manager for Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado.

Q: What can you briefly tell us about Oskar Blues?

A: Founded as a funky little brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002, using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, added a brewery in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth–from packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 to more than 149,000 barrels in 2014. In December 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an expansion brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. The innovative, original canned craft brewery now distributes trail-blazing craft brews to 42 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. For more information and social media visit http://www.oskarblues.com

Q: What do you look forward to most at this year’s Taste of Emporia?

A: Meeting the fine folks in Kansas and experiencing everything Emporia, Kansas.

Q: What products should this year’s participants expect from you? Anything new?

A: We will be sampling Dale’s Pale Ale-the number one selling Pale Ale in Colorado, Mama’s Little Pils, Old Chub Scottish Ale and Pinner IPA.

Q: What new products do you have coming available that we should know about?

A: Pinner IPA has landed in Kansas.   At 4.9% ABV and 35 IBUs, this drinkable IPA uses 7 varieties of hops to target the ever evolving flavor.


Be on the lookout for more Vendor Q&As soon!

About the Author

Casey Woods, Executive Director

Before accepting the director position in March of 2009, Casey worked in both retail and agricultural jobs in the family businesses. A lifelong resident of the Emporia Area, Casey was a ten year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time he served as the board president and chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Casey also serves as a partner in PlaceMakers, LLC, a consulting firm that routinely works with both large and small communities, and their businesses, to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. He has been involved in two projects that included crowdfunding as a part of their overall business funding strategies, Radius Brewing and Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet Shoppe.