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6. Oskar Blues

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Oskar Blues
Lyons, Colorado
Founded: 1997

Colorado based Oskar Blues is still one of the few microbreweries to release its products in a can, and it’s likely the only one that decided to can its beers just because the owners thought it would be funny. But what started as a joke morphed into a small revolution of canned beer (or “canned beer apocalypse,” as they call it) with several other breweries taking advantage of canned beer’s ability to retain freshness for longer thanks to the can’s ability to protect beers from light and oxygen. But with business growing over the past ten years, it’s more than just the can that makes Oskar Blues successful.

Oskar Blues has a small selection of excellent beers that have won barrels of awards. Dale’s Pale Ale, the company’s original beer, feels at home in the can, with its crisp bite proving to be an oddly perfect match for the cold aluminum, and has been called the best American pale ale by the “New York Times.” Oskar Blues’ other beers are no joke either; Old Chub, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Ten Fidy and Gordon have all been swooned over by practically every beer publication there is.

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