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Cincinnati Breweries Collaborate With Colorado Counterparts

Two Cincinnati breweries have made connections with two well-known breweries based in Colorado to create collaboration beers. Blank Slate teamed up with Oskar Blues while MadTree worked with Breckenridge Brewery. Both beers should find their way to the tri-state area.

Blank Slate and Oskar Blues

Longmont, CO based Oskar Blues, one of the original canning craft breweries, got together with Blank Slate’s Scott LaFollette at their Colorado production brewery to create a unique porter, called Cincy 3-Way. It’s no surprise that Blank Slate is behind a unique recipe, but LaFollette infused the beer with our favorite local chili recipe.  They smoked the malt using thee spices found in Cincinnati-style chili to compliment a three-way or coney, rather than replace it. So, you won’t just be drinking a can of chili.

“Brewing with the team at Oskar Blues was great. Whether you are from a small brewery or a big one, there is always common ground to discuss and enjoy when it comes to beer,” says Scott LaFollette.

The beer will make its local debut at the Cincy Winter Beerfest and then will be available on draft at limited locations during Cincinnati Beer Week.

MadTree and Breckenridge Brewery

MadTree’s head brewer, Jeff Hunt, went to Breckenridge, CO last week to work on a collaboration saison that features Colorado honey and spruce tips. Jeff brought along spice bush berries from Carriage House Farms to add to the beer. He teamed up with Breckenridge brewpub head brewer Jimmy Walker on the brew.

They brewed the beer this past Friday and I’m told it “smelled awesome going into the fermenter – citrusy pine notes from the spruce with the peppery/lemon/allspice of the spice bush berries and floral honey notes which should blend well with the Saison yeast.”

There isn’t an official name yet, but “Pleasant Ridge to Breckenridge” was an initial suggestion. Breckenridge distributes to our area already so there shouldn’t be any issues with this collaboration making its way to the Cincinnati area.

Hops and Honey, two important ingredients for the #madtreebrewing collab Saison. #brewday #craftbeer #collab #cheers

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Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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