Stop by the Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard for a tour or enjoying a flight of beer in the Tasty Weasel Tap Room. Founded in Lyons, Colorado in 1998, Oskar Blues was the first American craft brewery to can beer. Located in an industrial park a few miles from downtown Brevard, the owner Dale Katechis built at this location due to its proximity to Pisgah National Forest with great mountain biking and for the pure mountain water. The brewery makes Oskar Blues beer sold in 19 eastern states.
The Tasty Weasel Tap Room overlooks the sparkling-clean production floor and is open Monday-Thursday & Sunday 12-8 PM and Friday / Saturday 12-10 PM, complete with a live music venue. Often, food trucks visit, including the Oskar Blues-owned CHUBwagon on Thursday-Sunday evenings. Special release and one-off beers brewed on the small pilot system are on their 16 taps. Free brewery tours are given daily.
Oskar Blues in Brevard brews on a 50-barrel system with 100 and 200 barrel fermentation tanks. It's so fascinating to see the process to create their popular craft beers:
- Dale's Pale Ale is Oskar Blues' first beer. It is somewhere between an American pale ale and an India Pale Ale brewed with European malts and American hops. Dale's Pale Ale started the American craft-beer-in-a-can movement. Dale's is 6.5% alcohol by volume, and features 65 International Bittering Units (IBUs).
- Old Chub is a Scotch ale brewed with seven different malts, including crystal and chocolate malts. Old Chub also gets a dash of beechwood-smoked grains imported from Bamburg, Germany. Old Chub is 8% alcohol by volume.
- G'Knight is a hybrid version of strong ale, somewhere between an Imperial Red and a Double IPA. Oskar Blues makes it with six different malts and three types of hops, then dry-hopped it with Amarillo hops. It is 8.7% alcohol by volume, and has 60 International Bittering Units.
- Ten FIDY Imperial Stout is Oskar Blues' seasonal beer with flavors of chocolate, malt, coffee, cocoa and oats. Ten FIDY is about 10% ABV and is made with two-row malts, chocolate malts, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. 98 IBUs
- Mama's Little Yella Pils is a small-batch pilsner. Mama’s is made with pale malt, German specialty malts, and traditional (Saaz) and 21st century Bavarian hops. It is also fermented at cool temperatures with a German yeast. 5.3% ABV and 35 IBUs
- Gubna is an Imperial IPA and is made with 3 malts and Summit hops. Summit hops are also used for post-fermentation dry hopping. 10% ABV and 100 IBUs
Address is 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard.
Directions from Asheville:
- Take NC 280 from I-26 East (airport exit 40).
- Drive about 16 miles to Pisgah Forest/Brevard and continue on US 276 South.
- Turn left onto Ecusta Road (at the Lowe’s).
- Turn right onto Old Hendersonville Highway when Escuta ends.
- Turn right a few hundred yard later onto Mountain Industrial Drive (at the Oskar Blues sign).
- The brewery is at the end of the road.
August 10-11, 2018: Oskar Blues Brewery's Burning CAN Beer Festival
Stay at their REEB Ranch at the foot of DuPont State Forest and enjoy a weekend of nationally renowned bands, 50+ craft canning breweries, food trucks, camping, and a CANucopia of outdoor sporting events. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the CAN'd Aid Foundation and MountainTrue, a regional non-profit dedicated to the protection of WNC's rivers.