Oskar Blues to open second brewery

Oskar Blues – the Lyons, Colo., brewpub that produced a modest 650 barrels in 2002 before it began to package beers in cans – is taking steps to open a second brewery.

Best known for producing Dale’s Pale Ale, the brewery sold almost 8,500 barrels in 2006 and is on track to produce nearly 15,000 barrels in 2007.

The company will lease an 18,000 square feet space in nearby Longmont. The building will house a 50-barrel brewery, 10 fermenters, other tanks, and a new and faster canning line.

This new brewery will handle the brewing and packaging of all of the canned and kegged beer. Capacity of the new facility will be about 30,000 barrels.

The brewery in Lyons will continue to brew beer for our popular brewpub. This will mean a wider range of beers in the pub.

“These days our made-in-house supplies are limited because we spend most of our time on our three canned goods. Our locals are getting a little testy about it,” spokeman Marty Jones wrote in an e-mail.