Oskar Blues Partnership
The program sets out to break the mold of traditional pedagogy by marrying the theoretical underpinnings of the brewing process with state of the art laboratory practice and real world application, which is delivered via a new generation distance learning platform. To this end, the program has partnered with Oskar Blues Brewery, various members of the Alabama Brewing Industry (including [list]), and Yazoo Brewing in Nashville, Tennessee to showcase best practices in all aspects of the brewing industry. Conscious that they cannot replicate/simulate best industry practice in a laboratory setting, faculty will bring the real world of commercial brewing into the traditional learning environment. In essence, Oskar Blues and our other partners have become an extension of the laboratory training and broader learning exercise.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a 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, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, Colorado. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth—packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 120,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing its trailblazing craft brews to 32 U.S. states.
About everything Oskar Blues
In addition to breweries in Longmont, Colorado, and Brevard, North Carolina, Oskar Blues operates the original brewpub in Lyons, Homemade Liquids & Solids Restaurant (Longmont, 2009), a craft casual burger joint, CHUBurger (Longmont, 2013), the Bonewagon Food Truck, REEB Cycles and The Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation. Oskar Blues also announced the opening of Cyclhops—a Bike Cantina, and home to REEB Cycles retail location in December of 2013. Oskar Blues also revealed in 2013 that the 5280 Craft Bar and largest rooftop deck in sports house a second CHUBurger location. The Denver craft casual burger joint location will open during the Colorado Rockies home opener on April 4, 2014.
Other Industry Partners
As indicated, the program has also partnered with a variety of in- and out-of-state craft brewers to bring the online learning experience to life. These include:
Fairhope Brewery, Fairhope, Alabama
Back Forty Beer Company, Gadsden, Alabama
Railyard Brewing Company, Montgomery, Alabama
Red Clay Brewing Company, Opelika, Alabama
Cahaba Brewing Company, Birmingham, Alabama
Good People Brewing Company, Birmingham, Alabama
Yazoo Brewing Company, Nashville, Tennessee
Each of these breweries represent craft brewing at its best in the state of Alabama, throughout the south east and nationwide. They continue to break new ground and set new standards for product quality and innovation and they offer an excellent learning opportunity as it relates to best practice.
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