Springtime in Colorado. We’ve mentioned it before, but the weather this time of year is anything but boring. One day we’re wearing shorts and flip-flops, enjoying drinks on the patio. The following day our patio furniture is covered in snow, again. Rain, snow, wind… anything goes this time of year, and sometimes the weather is just plain ugly. Fortunately, summer is just around the corner and ready to bring with it some sunshine, warm breezes, and plenty of seasonal summer beers. One of last year’s summer brews is already back on the shelves and ready to give you a taste of summer: Oskar Blues Brewery’s FUGLI Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA.
Oskar Blues Brewery’s FUGLI Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA
Just when we were getting discouraged by the inconsistent weather we’ve had this spring, Oskar Blues Brewery shipped us a care package to remind us that summer is on the way. Oskar Blues is bringing back their summer seasonal FUGLI Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA. As a summer brew, FUGLI is the perfect beer to pair with sunny days in the backyard grillin’ and chillin’. But why save it for summer? We like to enjoy FUGLI now to remind us that warmer days are on the way. The enticing, big citrus flavor and aroma gives us all the summer feels, even when a quick look outside tells a different story.
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“FUGLI was originally inspired by a collaboration with Japan’s Yo-Ho Brewing Company,” said Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations at Oskar Blues. “It features citrusy, floral mosaic hops and a trifecta of cross-continental citrus fruits including Yuzu from Japan, Jamaican Ugli, and Rangpur, which is grown in Bangladesh. While none of these fruits are easy on the eyes, they definitely bring the flavor.”
Ugly on the Outside, Delicious on the Inside
If you’ve never heard of the fruits that bring the flavor to FUGLI Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA, you’re not alone. Yuzu is an exotic, tangy but rough-looking lemon from Japan. The aptly named Ugli Fruit is a Jamaican form of tangelo, a cross between a grapefruit, orange, and tangerine. Rangpur is a lemon and mandarin orange hybrid with a strong lemon-lime flavor.
While FUGLI may sound like a fruity summer beer, at its core it’s all IPA. The fruit infusion is balanced by a simple malt bill and plenty of mosaic hops. The result is a well-balanced, citrus-forward, accessible beer for IPA lovers. Even if you don’t think fruity beers are your thing, you should give FULGI a taste. FUGLI Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA has 60 IBUs and a 5.8% ABV.
Not Feeling FUGLI? Check out Mama’s Brand New Look.
If this FUGLI IPA just isn’t your thing, Oskar Blues has plenty of other great summer options. Mama’s Little Yella Pils is an easy-drinking pilsner, perfect for the warm weather that will be here before we know it. Not only is it crisp and refreshing, but at 4.7% ABV and 33 IBUs it’s totally crushable.
This year Mama’s gotten a makeover. The new can features brighter, bolder colors and a focus on the beer style, with PILS now featured prominently on the face of the can. This Oskar Blues Brewery classic is nearly a decade old now, but Mama is still their #2 selling beer and a year-round favorite. Check out Mama’s new look with a 16-pack of 19.2 oz “stovepipe” cans at a craft beer store near you.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Oskar Blues Brewery was founded 20 years ago in Lyons, Colorado. They first said “Yes We CAN” when they released their flagship brew, Dale’s Pale Ale, which kicked off the craft-beer-in-a-can movement. Today they operate breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas, and their beers can be found in all 50 states and many countries worldwide.
To learn more about Oskar Blues Brewery, or to find an Oskar Blues taproom or restaurant near you, visit oskarblues.com
To see where you can buy FUGLI, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, or any other Oskar Blues beer, visit their beer finder at oskarblues.com/beerfinder
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Disclosure: Oskar Blues Brewery sent us a few cans of beer, which we used for this article. We were not required to write about the beer, nor were we compensated for our post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.