Oskar Blues Finds Downhome Vibe at Gates of Pisgah National Forest

By Brittany Dern

Funky little Oskar Blues Grill & Brew started 15 years ago when Dale and his high school sweet-heart stumbled across the small town of Lyons, Coloroad while on a road trip north from their home in Alabama. That Rocky Mountain trip now continues East as Dale finds the same downhome feeling in the rolling hills of Pisgah National Forest of Brevard, North Carolina.

We’re opening up a restaurant/music venue and brewery location just off the bike path to Bracken Mountain in the small downtown of Brevard, N.C. We plan to have the soul-savin’ live music venue and brewery up and running by December 2012.

Dale has left a bike in Brevard for years as he’s traveled there to ride mountain bikes and to check out his buddy’s Mountain Soung Music Festival. The town rings true with the same eclectic mountain charm that inspired us to put Dale’s Pale Ale in a can back in the day in Lyons, CO. Brevard & Lyons share a small town main street tone mingled with live music and an energy emerging from the surrounding hills.

We sell over 35 percent of our beer east of the big muddy river, making for a great opportunity to look into a location in that area. We’ve secured a contract on a 30,000 square foot brewery space, along with a 6,000 square foot restaurant/music venue location in downtown Brevard. When we looked at our options for growing the brewery to the next level, the idea of opening another small, intimate restaurant and brewery on a grassroots level sounded like a lot more fun. With that much beer traveling east of the Mississippi it allows us to invest in another small town that shares our passion and reoup the investment as we contribue to the community and streamline our shipping costs among other things.

Oskar Blues works hard to keep that hands-on feel with small Colorado projects like our Hops & Heifers Farm that provides homegrown beef, pork and vegetables to our restaurants, and handmade mountain bikes with REEB Cycles, as the restaurants have been blessed with growth. Dale reminds us that it’s important to keep the trailside camaraderie amongst each other and the community.

Contact Info

Company: Oskar Blues Brewery
Contact: Chad Melis
E-mail: Chad@oskarblues.com