AUSTIN, Texas—Oskar Blues Brewery in Austin, Texas, is now brewing their flagship beer, Dale’s Pale Ale, utilizing regionally crafted malt developed by neighboring malthouse, Blacklands Malt. The Oskar Blues staff is worked up to include high quality, sustainable, locally-sourced substances, whereas supporting the group and calling consideration to the artwork of craft malting. Dale’s Pale Ale brewed with Blacklands malt is now accessible all through Texas and surrounding states.
Dale’s Pale Ale has traditionally been brewed with business Munich malt; however an thought began germinating when Oskar Blues’ Head of Brewing Operations, Tim Matthews, met Blacklands’ founder, Brandon Ade, in 2016. “Two malt geeks get collectively and earlier than you understand it, you’re speaking in regards to the future,” mentioned Matthews. “Malt folks perceive the long run, the agronomic points, mom nature, and the pursuit of taste.”
Ade began Blacklands Malt in 2012. Located in Leander, Texas, roughly 20 miles from the Oskar Blues Austin Brewery, Blacklands was the primary malthouse within the trendy historical past of Texas. “I began Blacklands as a result of I wished to take a seat in a bar with my buddies, have a beer and know that the malt in that beer was made in Texas,” mentioned Ade. “I wasn’t going to attend round for another person to determine that out. People ought to be capable of be proud that these merchandise had been made proper right here.” The firm makes use of gear custom-designed and constructed within the U.S. and sources grain solely from Texas and Colorado.
Ade and Michael Harris, Oskar Blues’ Head Brewer in Austin and malt fanatic, first began working collectively by incorporating Blacklands malt into specialty beers; then within the fall of 2017 they began speaking a few bigger venture. Ade mentioned, “I approached Tim and Michael and requested, ‘how can we get this malt on the market and seize one thing distinctive and genuine occurring in Austin?’ The dialog developed and we began trying on the Munich malts utilized in Dale’s.”
What adopted had been months of analysis and growth, and collaboration between the 2 groups, together with the Oskar Blues’ lab headed by Brian Roye. Eventually the kiln schedule and recipe had been dialed in to develop Brown Field 10 Texas Munich, which meets the colour and toasty taste profile required to brew Dale’s Pale Ale.
“I don’t know of another iconic flagships doing one thing like this,” mentioned Matthews. “And we hope folks will begin coming into the taproom and saying, ‘I would like one thing with Texas malt in it.’ It’s sustainable, and contributing again to a sustainable world is certainly essential to us. This is a significant method we will illustrate that.”
Harris has an equally compelling purpose for pursuing craft malt – it’s a part of supporting the group. “I’ve been curious about the place substances come from since I began professionally brewing. It’s essential to make use of native substances and to be concerned locally,” he mentioned.
Ade added that it’s essential to boost consciousness across the connection between the buyer and the availability chain, and to name consideration to the farmers that develop the barley that leads to beer. Blacklands has labored with Texas A&M University since 2012 on analysis that goals to empower farmers to develop barley. “It’s about supporting farm households outdoors of hops – hops get lots of limelight. Malting is equally essential.”
Dale’s Pale Ale brewed with Blacklands Malt’s Brown Field 10 Texas Munich is now accessible in Texas and surrounding states. Track it down utilizing the beerfinder.
About Blacklands Malt
Prior to our founding in 2012, no barley, wheat, or rye was grown and malted in Texas to be used in beer and spirits. Since that point our founder has been the driving pressure behind the revitalization of Texas-grown malting barley statewide, offering brewers with entry to native malt for the primary time in Texas historical past. We are glad to see that the business continues to develop within the path we’ve blazed. Our privately funded analysis with Texas A&M began in 2012 and has grown right into a a lot bigger statewide effort with public entry to the info. Our hope is that this knowledge empowers farmers to pursue barley manufacturing as a viable and rewarding crop different, in flip creating a sturdy provide chain for Texas-grown barley.
To discover out extra about Blacklands Malt, go to http://blacklandsmalt.com/
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded over 20 years in the past in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with their hand-canned flagship brew, Dale’s Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues operates breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas whereas reaching 200,000 barrels per yr and that includes Dale’s Pale Ale because the nation’s #four top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S. supermarkets. Oskar Blues is on the market in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and elements of 17 different nations. Along with Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing Company, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing and Three Weavers Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery is a member of CANarchy, a disruptive collective of like-minded craft brewers devoted to bringing high-quality, progressive flavors to drinkers within the title of unbiased craft beer.
To sustain with all issues Oskar Blues, go to http://www.oskarblues.com/