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Posted: July 01, 2009

Colorado Cool Stuff:  MAMA’S LITTLE YELLA PILS

Oskar Blues' new offering reviewed as one of country's five best pilsners

Eric Peterson

A play on words for something a Southern mother might take at the end of the day to calm her down, Oskar Blues Brewery defied its reputation for big and bold canned micro-beers with its new offering. Marty Jones, the brewery’s “lead singer/idea man,” says Mama’s Little Yella Pils was an opportunity for the brewers to “flex their muscles,” noting, “It’s hard to hide any flaws in a pilsner.”


Recently reviewed by the New York Times as one of the country’s five best pilsners, Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a rarity: It’s brewed from barley, while most American pilsners are brewed from cheaper rice and corn. “We have the reputation for big, assertive beers, so it’s a head-scratcher for some of our fans,” Jones says. “But there’s something nice about a low-alcohol, gently flavored beer.” The brewery moved its brewing and canning operations to Longmont from Oskar Blues Grill and Brew in Lyons last year in response to superlative growth, and opened a taproom, the Tasty Weasel, at the new brewery in March. $8.99 retail for a six-pack.

Brewed by Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, (303) 776-1914 Available at numerous liquor stores throughout Colorado.

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Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at

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