Oskar Blues, the award-winning Colorado brewery that spawned the craft beer in a can trend 10 years ago with the release of Dale's Pale Ale, is moving into the Buckeye State. The brewery announced today that it has partnered with Stagnaro Distributing and Superior Beverage Group to expand into the Ohio and Northern Kentucky markets.


The full Oskar Blues lineup in four- and six-packs should start hitting store shelves in October, brewery spokesman Chad Melis said.


“This can easily be the biggest craft beer launch Ohio has ever seen,” Mike Stagnaro, president and chief executive officer of Stagnaro, said in a prepared statement.



The expansion is coming just as Oskar Blues opens a new brewery in North Carolina to support new markets. The North Carolina brewery is set to begin brewing in December and produce 40,000 barrels in 2013.


Oskar Blues grew from 13,000 barrels in 2007 to 59,000 barrels last year. It expects to produce 90,000 barrels this year.