Red Cow pairs beers and beef from Oskar Blues


The inaugural tapping of Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale at Red Cow in Minneapolis won’t just be an opportunity to try one of Minnesota’s newest beer arrivals, but a chance to pair it with grass-fed, all-natural Angus beef straight from the brewery’s farm located in Colorado, Hops & Heifers.

oskarlaunch_redcowRed Cow, located on 50th and France, knows how to treat beef such as this. The restaurant recently celebrated its first anniversary of serving upscale burgers and craft beer. On March 4, starting at 11am, you can get your hands on an Oskar Blues Burger—a Hops & Heifer beef patty topped with AmaBlu cave-aged cheese from Caves of Faribault, and house-made apricot, black pepper, and rosemary jam, all on a Baker’s Wife bun. Pair the burger with one of the dozen Oskar Blues beers that will be on tap including:

  • Dale’s Pale Ale
  • Mama’s Little Yella Pils
  • TenFIDY
  • Deviant Dale’s
  • G’Kinight
  • One Nut Brown Ale
  • Brewing Market Coffee Stout—a collaboration between Oskar Blues and Brewing Market Coffee from Longmont, Colorado, that provides Ethiopian Mocha Harrar coffee for the beer.
  • Oskar the G’Rauch Rauchbier
  • Old Chub Nitro
  • Smidy Fingers Molasses Stout—a combination of the small beer, or second fermentation, of Ten FIDY and Ten FIDY to make a more sessionable version of the well-known Imperial Stout
  • Maker’s Mark–Aged Dale’s Pale Ale—aged in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels for seven months
  • Breckenridge Whiskey–Aged Gubna—aged for seven months in Breckenridge Whiskey barrels

Hops & Heifers farm was started by Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues Brewery, who wanted to vertically integrated the 50-acre plot next to Haystack Mountain he purchased for his mother with the brewery and restaurant in Longmont. Katechis’s vision for the hopyard was realized when he connected with  Geoffrey Hess, who was exploring starting a hop farm of his own, and hired him on to the project. Katechis then purchased ten pregnant Black Angus heifers at a cattle auction and began pasturing beef that would one day grace the plates at the brewery and restaurant. Even further integrated, Oskar Blues supplements the cattle’s diet with spent brewing grains from the brewery.

Red Cow Oskar Blues Burger // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Red Cow Oskar Blues Burger // Photo by Brian Kaufenberg

Representatives from Oskar Blues, Original Gravity and Capitol Beverage will be on hand at Red Cow throughout the day on March 4 to speak more about Oskar Blues, the Hops & Heifer Farm, and to reveal a surprise beer not listed above. Supplies on the beer and burgers are limited, and reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Call 612-767-4411 to make your reservations today.

Find more information about Red Cow by visiting their website. Find more information about Oskar Blues visit their website and read this informative article from DailyCamera on the Hops & Heifer Farm.

About Brian Kaufenberg

Brian Kaufenberg is the editor-in-chief of The Growler Magazine.

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