Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery is fixin' to open its fourth production facility and its second outside its home state in Austin, and what better way to celebrate such a milestone than with a pair of parties?
On Wednesday, April 20, the brewery with cleverly weed-inspired beer names like Pinner and Hotbox will throw a barbecue appropriately called Scoot Inn Smoke Out. The event, which takes places at famed smoke house and music venue Scoot Inn, features Texas cuts of meat and country bands J Roddy and the Business, Nikki Lane, and Eagle Eye Williamson.
After getting lit mid-week, Oskar Blues is throwing Burning Can beer and music festival at Walter E. Long Park on April 23. Performers include Drive-By Truckers, Whiskey Shivers and Tameca Jones. In addition to tunes and brews, Burning Can is billed as an "active festival" with a beer relay, team trail running and beer drinking events. Celebrity mountain bike and trail rider Jeff Lenosky will also be onsite performing.
The Oskar Blues Austin satellite brewery is slated to open in mid-May.
The new facility inhabits 50,000 square feet of real estate in North Austin (10420 Metric Blvd.) where Oskar Blues plans to brew its full lineup of canned and draft beers. About 5,000 square feet will be a dedicated taproom.
Tickets to the kickoff events are currently on sale, and cost $15-$50 for the Smoke Out and $35-$63 for Burning Can. Proceeds benefit the brewery's Can'd Aid Foundation, which invests in local communities to help with disaster relief and build outdoor recreation spaces, among other things. Not the kind of burnouts you'd expect, right?
Oskar Blues is the most recent Colorado brewery to lay roots in the Lone Star State. In February, Backcountry Brewery out of Frisco, Colo. opened a second facility in Rowlett. Do we spot a trend? We sure hope so!