After years of experimenting with putting fresh draft beers on nitro, Oskar Blues Brewery decided to take the next step and insert its Old Chub Scotch-style ale brand into a nitro’d can, thus generating a silky smooth mouthfeel for drinkers. Old Chub Nitro will be released in the Denver market for the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference on April 8-11. National distribution will be determined following the Craft Brewers Conference.
Oskar Blues Brewery expanded its nitro program in 2009 under the leadership of brewer Juice Drapeau. After developing a high quality and consistent draft option, focusing on Old Chub, the brewery also has nitro’d Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant IPA & G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, along with numerous small batch specialties. Quality control pro Michael Kohn has been instrumental in refining the entire process with Drapeau. Currently, more than 200 Old Chub Nitro draft handles are out there in the 34 states of Oskar Blues distribution.
The self-dubbed “Chub Trust” pushed the innovation of a quality nitro experience in a can with the help of The Ball Corporation. Old Chub Nitro utilizes an existing widget technology developed by Ball. The Nitro widget is attached to the bottom of the can and is charged with liquid nitrogen during the filling process.The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened, liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.
Old Chub Nitro will be available in 16-ounce 4-pack cans priced in line with Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils & Old Chub 12-ounce 6-packs.