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!