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Craft Brewing and Distilling News for February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017

•Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery is rolling out Hotbox Coffee IPA as its latest spring seasonal canned beer. The 7.2%-abv IPA features Simcoe hops blended with cold brew coffee extract from Hotbox Roasters’ Ethiopian beans. It follows Hotbox Coffee Porter, last fall’s collaboration with Hotbox Roasters, who share space in Oskar Blues’ Longmont facility. Hotbox Coffee IPA will be available nationwide from March-May on draft and in four-packs of 12-ounce cans. In addition to its Colorado home base, Oskar Blues last year opened a 50,000-square-foot brewery in Austin, Texas and completed a 21,000-square-foot expansion to double capacity at its Brevard, North Carolina facility. Oskar Blues is partnered with Boston private equity group Fireman Capital Partners.

•Boardman, Oregon’s Ordnance Brewing is introducing the first beer in its 2017 Brewvine series of wine barrel aged brews, an Oat Brown Ale matured in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels. The first of four Brewvine releases planned for this year, the ale was aged six months in barrels from Dundee-based winemaker Jesus Guillen. Oat Brown Ale is limited to 100 cases. Ordnance plans to follow with an Imperial Wheat aged in Pinot Noir barrels from Ponzi Vineyards in late spring. Ordnance Brewing operates a 50-barrel brewery, where it produces core offerings RX Pale Ale, Kolsch, EOP Double IPA, Bloops Blueberry Wheat and FMJ IPA, as well as experimental beers.

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