I've Got Those Oskar Blues Again—With an Octohop Too
Thursday, May 29, 2014 • 3:24pm
I hate flying. So it's good that I can travel quickly to other states by going to my local bar. I have, as of recent, been hooked on a brew from Colorado.
Lately, I've been a CJ's Doghouse fanatic. It's located in Towamencin Township, conveniently adjacent to Pudge's. You can even order food to be delivered to you at the growler pub. CJ's is also right next door to Towamencin Beverage, as the owners/managers of both are sisters.
CJ's Doghouse is where I had my first time with the stellar Oskar Blues Brewery beers. My particular favorite—and the favorite of my brother-in-law—is the catchy-named Dale's Pale Ale. I don't know who Dale is, but he makes a damn fine pale ale. Even in the can, the taste is crisp and the hops is just at the right level.
Recently, I've noticed other bars, brewpubs and the like stocking their shelves with a decent amount of Oskar Blues.
Take a recent trip I took to Wegmans, where I not only found Dale's Pale Ale, but also a green can bearing the Oskar Blues brand and another catchy name—Old Chub.
This brew was a Scotch ale. On the first sip, I tasted that it was a strong Scotch ale, with a chocolate tang to it. It was an interesting beer. Then, I found myself finishing it off and wishing I had another one. I loved the bittersweetness of the malts; it had a great smoky aftertaste.
Old Chub, according to Oskar Blues, won bronze at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival. It was originally named HYA for "Here's Your Ass."
At 8% ABV, I highly recommend this style of Oskar Blues beer.
I'd really love to try the Oskar Blues G'Knight, which is advertised as a Double IPA. The hoppiness is supposed to be really good.
While at Wegmans, I decided to stock up on a sixer, deciding to "travel" to South Carolina with one of my selections.
This one, I chose for its label. The RJ Rockers Brewing Comapany out of Spartansburg is a microbrewery that produces 13 different beers. It was founded by U.S. Army veteran Mark R. Johnsen, so, naturally, some brews have patriotic names, like Bald Eagle Brown Ale and Patriot Pale Ale.
The label of RJ Rockers' Black Perle is black and white, with an octopus as its focal point. This is because the dark beer is a 90-minute "octo-hopped" IPA. At 9.5% ABV, it has the potential to knock you on your ass. There was a fine balance of malt and hops, but it often felt syrupy. This heavy beer would complement a porterhouse nicely.
Have you tried Oskar Blues or RJ Rockers beers? Where are your favorite places to drink?
Next time: We head to the Sierra Nevadas.
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