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Oskar Blues and Sun King brew a second collaboration beer for #GABF

Update, September 19: The beer will be a "hopped up brown" and in a brown can, so the Deuce references continue.

Oskar Blues and Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing are whipping up their second collaboration beer today in Longmont under a shroud of secrecy.

"We're keeping some suspense about style of the beer," says brewery spokesman Chad Melis. But he promised that details about the collaboration, called The Deuce, will be dropped around town just before the Great American Beer Festival.

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Oskar Blues and Sun King first got together last spring to brew Chaka, a Belgian-style pale that was released for the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego in May and sold out of the the brewery's Tasty Weasel taproom in Longmont. Chaka was packaged in unusual bottle-shaped, twist-off aluminum containers.

The Deuce will be packaged in the same resealable Alumi-Tek containers (made by Golden's Ball Corporation). Only twenty barrels are being brewed and most of it will be distributed to restaurant and bar accounts in Denver this October.

"It will be similar to Chaka because it has some things from Indiana and some things from Colorado," Melis says. The Chaka recipe included Shagbark Hickory syrup from Hickoryworks in Trafalgar, Indiana, grain from the Colorado Malting Company and a special yeast blend from Brewing Science Institute, also in Colorado.

Sun King, which created a big buzz last year during GABF because of its stand-out beers, ended up winning a festival-high eight medals, including four golds.

The brewery is small and doesn't distribute outside of Indiana, but it does plan to temporarily serve some of its beers to a few spots around town during GABF this year, October 11-13, similar to what Cigar City is doing and what Shorts Brewing did last year. Brewery reps haven't announced specific plans, but have been touring the city this week.

Oskar Blues and Sun King have a close relationship. In addition to the fact that they both only can their beers, OB head brewer, Dave Chichura, began his brewing career in Indianapolis and has been friends with Sun King brewers and founder Dave Colt and Clay Robinson for fifteen years.

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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