(Longmont, CO) – The trailblazer of the canned craft beer revolution, Oskar Blues Brewery has continued its growth pattern posting a 50 percent increase nationally in shipments in Q1 2011 vs. Q1 2010.
First quarter Colorado IRI data confirms Oskar Blues as the leader in Dollar Sales Increase, Case Sales Increase and #1 Brand Sales Increase with Dale’s Pale Ale (70% increase).
To continue to trump demand and position the funky brewery for another explosive year for craft canned beers, the brewery will further its infrastructure while brewing more consistent quality beer than ever before. Two 200 BBL fermenters were installed today, as was a Wort Receiver, which will allow 20 percent more brews per day. In February, the brewery installed a 200 BBL fermenter and a 200 BBL bright tank as well as a new keg line and Hi-Cone six-packing machine. Oskar Blues was scheduled to have the two tanks delivered in March but plans went awry when they were damaged in transit. The two 200BL replacement tanks for damaged tanks are scheduled to arrive next month.
The expansion will enable the brewery to reach for 60,000 BBLs in 2011, compared to 44,000 barrels in 2010. In 2010, Oskar Blues had added a total of seven 200-barrel tanks in 60 days attempting to keep up with demand while pulling out of two markets.
ABOUT OSKAR BLUES
Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer. For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at [email protected], # 720.273.8888 or visit www.oskarblues.com.