December 12, 2012

Brevard, NC: Oskar Blues Opens in North Carolina

Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, NC
Photo credit: Beertography.com
The first of the "Big Three" breweries coming to Western North Carolina is officially open. Based in Longmont, Colorado, Oskar Blues' second brewery is located in Brevard, NC, just about 30 minutes from downtown Asheville. Famous for their canned craft beers like Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Little Yella Pils, and Old Chub Scotch Ale, Oskar Blues decided to expand to the area for the water, the outdoor living, and Western North Carolina's borderline-obsessive beer culture.


According to Tony Kiss, a.k.a. the Asheville Beer Guy, Oskar's first brew in the new facility will be Dale's Pale Ale, the brewery's flagship. The brewery will make some 40,000 barrels of beer in the first year, with capacity to grow.

Local Events

If you follow the #avlbeer hashtag on Twitter, you know that festivities have begun. The Oskar Blues trolley has made its first run from Asheville to Brevard, bringing the guests to the brewery's Thirsty Weasel Taproom.

Today and continuing through Friday, the Thirsty Monk in downtown Asheville will be hosting an Oskar Blues Tap Takeover. Look for brews including: Old Chub, Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, Barrel Aged Ten Fidy, Dale's Pale Ale, Gubna Imperial IPA, Deviant Dale's, and more OB favorites and special brews.

The official grand opening celebration will take place at the Brevard brewery on New Year's Eve. The New Year's Eve Grand Opening Hootenanny will include a free beer for a year raffle, special release beers made with malt from Asheville's Riverbend Malt House, live music, and food trucks. Tickets are just $15; for $25 it includes round-trip trolley service to and from Asheville. Sounds like fun, don'tchya think?

Follow @OskarBluesWNC on Twitter for the latest updates.

Educating the Local Workforce

One of the many great things about Asheville's recent beer boom is the boost to the local economy. To help educate the workforce for the new jobs that the brewery will create, Oskar Blues is taking the lead in developing an innovative new "Craft Beer Academy" with Blue Ridge Community College.

One component of the program will be the Oskar Blues Brew School, which is a 16-week program starting in early January. Twenty lucky registrants will get hands-on experience at the Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard to complement time in the classroom learning about other aspects of the business, including sales and marketing. Completion of the course will prepare the students to take the Institute of Brewing and Distilling's General Certificate in Brewing exam, which is an internationally recognized technical certification for those working in beer production.

Registration for Oskar Blues Brew School filled up almost immediately, but don't worry: Blue Ridge Community College will also offer courses in homebrewing, the Business of Craft Beer, and the Brewing of Craft Beer. All courses are extremely affordable (thanks to North Carolina Back to Work grants) and the college aims to expand the program as quickly as possible. Learn more about the Craft Beer Academy here.



Congratulations to Oskar Blues on the big move! Glad to have you here!

Stayed tuned for more happenings from North Carolina!