The Thirsty Beagle: Oskar Blues to hit Oklahoma shelves in April

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Oskar Blues to hit Oklahoma shelves in April

In a development that's sure to generate a huge amount of excitement on the Oklahoma beer scene, Colorado's Oskar Blues has announced distribution here at the start of April.

The move comes as Oskar Blues also announces distribution to North and South Dakota, leaving only Montana outside of its distribution footprint.

That means one of the country's more-coveted beers, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy imperial stout, should now be readily available in Oklahoma.

From a report in The Full Pint:

"Oskar blues has also signed a distribution agreement and formed a partnership with Oklahoma Beer Imports, a Non-Resident Seller, operating state-wide in Oklahoma. Since the state operates as a 4-Tier state, OBI will sell to all Class B wholesalers and will represent the Oskar Blues brands throughout the state.

"Oskar Blues plans to launch the brands in the Sooner State during the first week of April, pending final approvals from the state of Oklahoma, and will launch the full line of cans and draft offerings led by Dale's Pale Ale. In addition, Beerito, a new 4% ABV offering, will be available immediately and will be sold throughout the state in cans. As with the Dakotas launch, final details of the official launch week and event in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa markets will be released by late March..."

The Beerito news is interesting -- the beer isn't even listed on the Oskar Blues website and has limited traffic on sites like RateBeer and Untappd. Past examples of the beer were described as a Vienna lager. I could be wrong, but is this the first low-point lager brought into Oklahoma by an out-of-state craft brewer?

Either way, this is the second boost for Oklahoma beer in a matter of days, following the announcement that Fort Worth, Texas-based Rahr & Sons was beginning Oklahoma distribution at the beginning of March.

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