Maybe you know Old Chub because you've had it on tap at Oskar Blues or bought a six-pack of this canned Scottish Ale at the liquor store. Or maybe you've heard the name because you took a momentary leave of your senses and purchased a tube of Old Chub chapstick, perhaps the only beer-flavored lip balm in the nation.
Now the Lyons/Longmont-based brewery is giving Coloradans two other ways to enjoy Old Chub: in bread baked specifically for Whole Foods and in hot sauces.
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Old Chub Beer Bread is being made at the Rocky Mountain Bakehouse, a Whole Foods facility in Aurora, and, amazingly, each loaf is baked using almost an entire can of beer, according to brewery spokesman Marty Jones. Oskar Blues describes the bread as "a wheaty sourdough base enhanced with a touch of honey and a hearty dose of sunflower seeds. The loaves are then rolled in the beechwood-smoked malts we use in Old Chub, then baked to glorious perfection."
Old Chub Beer Bread, which costs $3.99 a loaf, is available in Colorado and in stores in New Mexico, Kansas and Utah (click here for a list). Sounds like a meal-and-a-half.
The hot sauce is still in the creation stage. It's being custom-developed by Danny Cash, the Mohawk-sporting, Denver-based hot sauce king, who makes his own face-melting brands, along with private label sauces for companies like Le Peep, Breckenridge Brewery and the Mountain Lyon Café.
Three sauces are in the works, Jones says: one using Old Chub, another with Dale's Pale Ale, and a mango jalapeño sauce that uses Oskar Blues's newest beer, Mama's Little Yella Pils.