BA – it stands for barrel-aged, but it also stands for badass, big attitude, born-again beer adventure. All those B’s and A’s add up to the biggest beer in the biggest can around – Oskar Blues Brewery’s Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout. This darker-than-dark 12.9% ABV behemoth is back in 2018 and ready for national distribution on draft and in 19.2oz stovepipe cans. BA Ten FIDY season begins November 3 with taproom events in Boulder and Longmont, CO, and Brevard, NC.
Oskar Blues Brewery stuffed Ten FIDY Imperial Stout into bourbon barrels for a minimum of eight months; allowing vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavors to permeate the pitch-black depths of FIDY. During maturation, the FIDY-plus-bourbon flavors mellow into a cool, drinkable, deeply complex brew.
“Ten FIDY is already a big beer and barrel-aging takes it to the next level of decadence,” said Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews. “Espresso and burnt sugar flavors are turned up to eleven; alongside rich chocolate and caramel notes. Basically, it’s a flavor beast.”
For those seeking to add a stimulant into the mix, Oskar Blues will also offer Java Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (12.9%) only at Colorado and North Carolina taproom locations. The Java incarnation of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY got all jacked up on roasty coffee flavor after an infusion of Hotbox Roasters’ super concentrated cold brew coffee.
Founded over 20 years ago 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 while reaching 200,000 barrels per year and featuring Dale’s Pale Ale as the nation’s #4 top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S. supermarkets. Oskar Blues is available in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and parts of 17 other countries. 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 dedicated to bringing high-quality, innovative flavors to drinkers in the name of independent craft beer.