Oskar Blues and Cigar City Announce First CANarchy Collab
With the passing of each new year, it’s natural for beer fans to wonder what new innovative beers are in store for the next 12-months. And now we’ve got the first big offering from two major industry names in Oskar Blues and Cigar City. It comes in the form of Bamburana, a collaborative beer between these two CANarchy Collective owned breweries. Not only does it mark the first widely released collaborative release within the CANarchy family, but it’s also the first nationally distributed collab beer for the two as well.
Bamburana is an Imperial Stout brewed with figs and dates. It’s double barrel-aged – in both whiskey and brandy barrels – and aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals. The result is a big, sticky, complex 12.2% ABV beer that will be released in 12oz cans in mid-January.
Bamburana is the co-creation of two giant craft beer personalities: Oskar Blues Brewery’s Head of Brewing Operations, Tim Matthews, and Cigar City Brewing’s Brewmaster Wayne Wambles. Their goal was to craft a brew that would marry the flavors of double-barrel aged imperial stout and Amburana wood. Amburana wood is an indigenous South American wood that imparts unique warm and savory flavors and aroma.
“We were excited to see the results of infusing Amburana wood into a big, barrel-aged imperial stout,” said Wambles. “We were pleasantly surprised with the vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances this South American wood contributed into the finished beer and look forward to putting this delicious beer in front of folks!”
“We’re both known for barrel-aging big, malty, dark beers,” added Matthews. “The culinary goal of this project was to match the flavors of a rich candy cookie with fig filling and gingerbread spice. We spent a bunch of time selecting the right figs and dates to hit exactly the right flavor notes, lend a slight stickiness and cut into the rowdiness of the Amburana wood.”
Bamburana unfolds on the palate with forward-facing roasted malt flavors. The maltiness branches out against a dark fruit backdrop of figs and dates. Then, brandy and whiskey accents make themselves known with complex boozy-and-sweet flavors, complementing the warmth and spice of Amburana wood.
The CANarchy Craft Beer Collective
CANarchy was founded in 2015 by a group of like-minded brewers dedicated to bringing high-quality, innovative flavors to craft beer lovers in the name of independent craft beer. The collective includes Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, and Three Weavers Brewing Company.
Fireman Capital Partners paritally funds CANarchy. BA also ranked CANarchy #9 on the their list of the Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewers ranked by sales volume in 2017. The platform brewed a total of 359,000 bbls in 2017. They also reached all 50 states, Washington D.C., and parts of 17 countries spanning five continents. Not to mention, Brewbound named CANarchy “Brewery of the Year” in 2018. Additionally, Cigar City Brewing grew by more than 60% last year. This makes it the fastest growing Top 50 Craft Brewery that year. To top it off, Cigar City’s Jai Alai and Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale are currently the #2 and #4 sold craft can six-packs in Total U.S. Multi-Outlet and Convenience.
Featured image from Oskar Blues and Cigar City.