Monday, January 28, 2008

Dellys Starr: Australian National MTB Champion!

Spot Brand rider Dellys Starr took a big step towards her spot on the Australian XC Olympic team by winning the National Title January 27th. 33 Women lined up & were all hoping to win today which would seal a spot on the Olympic shadow squad, but Dell powered away in the first lap and stayed away all day. Being on the shadow squad doesn't mean she's a lock for the Olympics, but today's win is a huge step toward that goal. Congrats Dell, way to rock it!!! Keep an eye out for her XC Short Course results later today.

Elite women
1 Dellys Starr (Spot Brand Bicycles) 1.54.47
2 Emma Colson (Topbike Tours, Specialized, Total Rush) 1.46
3 Niki Fisher (Assos-Swell Design Group, Dragon) 2.57
Images by Evan Jeffery/

Spot Brand Bikes & the 24 Hours of Adrenaline World Championships - MTB news & racing round-up for January 18, 2008

Spot Brand bicycles has stepped up in support of the 10th anniversary edition of the 24 Hours of Adrenaline World Championships by sponsoring the singlespeed solo category at the event. The singlespeeders will compete for over US$3,000 in cash with the winner also taking home a custom painted Spot Brand single-speed frame after the event July 26 in Canmore, Canada.

"The day before last year's World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Championships, Nick Howe, CEO of Spot Brand, provided a custom Spot frame to the 2007 single-speed category winner," said promoter Stuart Dorland, delighted with the increased commitment from Spot Brand. "We talked about the 2008 race and now he's jumping in head-first. This year's single-speed category is going to be a world-class event with a world-class sponsor and world-class racers."

Matt Chaney won the 2007 edition of the race for singlespeeders. He will be back to defend his title. For more info, visit

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Great American Taxi this Friday @ OB

Oskar Blues is bringing Great American Taxi to the cozy little center of our musical universe this Friday, January 25th. Led by Leftover Salmon's legendary fun man Vince Herman & one-time Lyons resident Jefferson Hammer this band continues to push the boundaries of Colorado High-Country Americana. Catch them while we have them hog-tied near home this weekend because the Taxi puts on miles from coast to coast the rest of the year. You can also find their most recent cd "Streets of Gold" for sale at the show. Hope to see you there gettin your groove on with the Taxi's 21st century Americana sound.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2008 Dales Pale Ale/Spot Brand Demo Tour

After flirting with 2008 team news Oskar Blues & Dales Pale Ale have partnered with Spot Brand Bikes to form a National Demo Tour & Race Team. Focusing on the proven ride of Spot Brand bikes, the testing & development of the Carbon Drive System the Demo Tour will roll it's festive atmosphere coast to coast offering your chance to get on the belt drive system. There are plans for an elite team as well as grassroots & junior(Spot Only) teams. The elite team will consist of: Delly Starr, Jen Gersbach, Megan Monroe, Monique Hein, Gavin Hayes, Charlie Hayes, Chad Melis Chelsea Mcgowan, Sean Madsen, Sam Johnson, Dale Ketechis and April Hayes. Along with a few other individual events here's a preliminary schedule where to catch the fever:

2008 Dales Pale Ale/Spot Brand Demo Tour
February 16 24hrs of Old Pueblo-Tucson, AZ
March 2 Bar H Race, Dallas, TX
April 12-13 Mountain States Cup (MSC) #1 Fruita, Co
April 17-20 Sea Otter Classic- Monterey, CA
April 25 Fruita Fat Tire Festival- Fruita, CO
May 2-4 MSC #2 Nathrop, CO
May 23-26 MSC #3 Angle Fire, NM
June 6-8 MSC# 4 Sol Vista, Co(Singlespeed State Championships)
June 20-22 MSC #5 Crested Butte, CO
July 4 Firecracker 50, Breckenridge, Co
July 11-13 MSC #6 Aspen, CO
July 26 24hrs Solo Worlds- Calgary, Canada
August 1-3 MSC #7 Telluride, CO (Colo. State champs)
Aug 9-10 Snowmass, CO Enduro (DH event)
August 15-17 MSC# 8 Keystone, CO Climax
Aug 23-24 MSC #9 Eldora, CO MSC
Aug 23-24 Single Speed Worlds- Napa Valley, CA
Aug 29-30 SolVista (gravity only)
Aug 31 Shenandoah 100
September 6-7 MSC #9 Fall Classic, Breckenridge
October 15 24hrs Moab, UT

A sneak peek at the custom team race bikes.

The Oskar Blues official party wagon has gotten a face lift for 2008. In true American daredevil fashion the Evel Knievel inspired Dales Pale Ale look leaves no question to what our flagship brew is.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

2008 Boulder Mountainbike Alliance Gala Banquet & Auction

Hosted at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa

Friday February 8th at 7pm

Win a room at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa!

Support Mountain Biking in Boulder County by joining us for a regal evening at the St. Julien Hotel and Spa. The evening will include a 3 course meal, silent auction, live auction & a door prize for a beautiful room at the St. Julien. We are gathering to celebrate BMA’s achievements in 2007 and to get charged up to for 2008, which is shaping up to be the best year ever for mountain biking in Boulder County.

The accomplished and entertaining Andy Hampsten will preside over the events of the evening. Get those nice threads out and bring your partner to party with the people you are most likely to get dirty with!

We have ridiculous auction items, just too many to list but one of the gems is a Trek Fuel 69er.

Visit the link below to buy your ticket and support mountain biking in Boulder County

Buy Banquet Tickets HERE

Ticket price: $75

The banquet menu is available at HERE

Oskar Blues January Music Calendar

I'll be checking out the Bluegrass pick at OB tonight after the weekly Redstone Cyclery Tuesday night ride. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Native Longboards creates Ten Fidy

We met the passionate folks of Native Longboards at the Steamboat Brewers Festival. This creater of hand made longboards is based out of Denver. After sharing a few beers & ideas they came up with this beauty. To be fair the picture pales in comparison of this baby in the real. The board is beautiful from nose to tail, the silver leaf hand applied stain creates some serious candy in the sun. Native is realatively new so keep an eye out for them as 2008 rolls on. Contact David, Owner, Designer, Builder & Enthusiast at 303-908-8686. Swing into the restaurant to get a view of this baby. You better hurry though, as the snow melts this baby is hittin' the pavement.

Ten Fidy - Beer of The Year, Denver Post

Ten Fidy Imperial Stout by Oskar Blues Brewery, $12.99/four-pack.

Ten Fidy Imperial Stout comes roaring out of the revered Oskar Blues Brewery just in time to warm the Colorado winter. As the late Country Dick Montana of The Beat Farmers used to say, it's just the man for the job, with alcohol by volume at a bristling 10 percent. Don't be scared off by the can — all of Oskar Blues' outstanding brews are packaged in metal.

The pour on this bad boy is rich and viscous, with a head like chocolate icing. The aroma is full of coffee and cocoa, and those hearty flavors wrap nicely around the hops and malt for a smooth, roasty fullness.

The oats used in the brewing process give Ten Fidy a satisfying roundness in the mouth. A hint of molasses balances the barleywine-like 98 International Bitterness Units. The high alcohol content is barely noticeable on the tongue (but trust me, have a driver or call a cab).

This Colorado-proud Russian imperial stout may be a bit pricey, but it's worth it: It's at least one Denver Post writer's beer of the year.

Source: By The Denver Post - Marcus Chamberland

Beer Advocate Magazine's 2007 Top 25

Beer Advocate's December edition boasts it's top 25 picks in many categories. Oskar Blues was named 3 times throughout the 2007 review edition. First of all we were named 8th in the list of America's top 25 breweries of the year.
They did a special grading of 2 of our beers. Ten Fidy was given an overall grade of "A" in the Russian Imperial Stout category. A grade of "A" from these fine folks is no small feat. They also graded our Gordon brew in the "Imperial or Double IPA" category.
Gordon is a tough beer to rate because it truly is a beer of it's own. It's tough to categorize, the hops immediately point to the DIPA but the copper color & malty smoothness blurr the lines of what family this beer truly belongs. All we know is it's damn tasty! Gordon received a "B+" from this group of serious beer fanatics. Props to those few special folks working L O N G hours in the OB brewery to ensure we all get the beer we crave. As the bike riding swings to the skis stick right here for a winter brewery pictorial tour. Hell, if your in the area why don't you just swing on in & ask, we'll take you out for your very own.