Peyton Manning’s tribute brew hasn’t yet passed his lips, by latest report.
May 20, however, Manning’s fans in Denver can take home a 6-pack of “this delicious, easy drinking oatmeal pale ale that Tastes Like a Touchdown in Your Mouth,” reads the announcement from Denver-based Factotum Brewhouse.
“To conclude American Craft Beer Week, we bring you the long anticipated 6-pack release of the CO-version of Oatmaha! This is a very limited, one-time collaboration brew with Tow Yard Brewing of Indianapolis, IN. Oatmaha! honors a professional football player that is near and dear to the hearts of both Indianapolis and Denver. The IN-version was released in late 2015 and the CO-version made its debut at Superbowl 50 and Two Parts Collaboration Fest in 2016. We do have a sixer of the Indiana version, a sixer of the Colorado version and an Oatmaha T-shirt for him [Manning] if he ever wants to stop by.”
Indy-based fans who haven’t already picked up Oatmaha! when it was released at Tow Yard mid-December 2015, have a last chance.
“We have a very limited supply of six packs left that can be purchased at the brewery while they last. We will not be carrying the Colorado brewed version for sale though,” informed Tow Yard head brewer Tony Fleming, via email.
“It's been great fun collaborating with Factotum. This was a one time collaboration brew so we don't plan on brewing it again, but plans can always change. We had a lot of people coming in to purchase the cans [late 2015, early 2016] because there was a lot of press (local and national) about the beer. From what I heard, people really seemed to enjoy it because, like you said, it was so smooth but not too hoppy.
“I’m excited Factotum Brewhouse decided to can the beer and release it in their market, just as we did when it was brewed here in Indianapolis. It's going to be fun to see how the Colorado market receives the beer. I'm very anxious to try the version of the beer that we brewed out in Denver and see how it compares to ours brewed at Tow Yard.”
Factotum co-owner Laura Bruns reports, "I taste tested them side by side a week ago and I thought the Indiana version was a smidge more hop and the Colorado version a smidge more malt, but (it's) very very close.”
A Denver Post story on May 18 reported, “Oatmaha is 6.7 percent ABV with 38 IBU. It is a "light and easy-drinking pale ale," aimed for Manning's palate after he said he wanted a Bud Light during a January 2014 post-game press conference.”
This two-part collaboration brew was initiated in Denver by Factotum co-owners Laura and Christopher Bruns, a brother-sister team who “were raised in a blue collar Midwestern town in a family boasting strong German roots [and beer was the drink of choice and hospitality],” according to their brewhouse history.
Tony Fleming’s Tow Yard Recipe Description reads: “Oatmaha! is an oatmeal pale ale. The oats make up 17% of the grain bills they lend a slightly silky and extra smoot mouthfeel. The rest of the grain bill is pretty simple on purpose to let the hops shine. Falconer’s Flight Hops were used at late additions in the boil and also in the dry hop after fermentation to impart a very pleasant aroma and flavor that consists of grapefruit, lemon and other tropical notes. Corn from Indiana was used to dry it out and sage from Colorado to add an earthy tone.
The brew's name refers to Manning's "Omaha" pre-snap calls. Oatmaha! contains oats to represent the horse-themed mascots of the two teams in which he's played for (Colts and Broncos) during his professional career.”
To define Indiana, the brewers incorporated corn, while sage expresses Colorado. However, you won’t find a direct reference to Manning on can labels. The image features Clifford Bruns — a sheriff of Franklin County, Ind., and grandfather to the Factotum owners.
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Factotum Brewhouse opened Feb. 2015 in northwest Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood. It’s a brewery with an unusual twist, paying homage to homebrewers who want to brew alongside a professional brewer—not just on occasion as is the pattern here in Indiana, but as an every day availability.
“The buck stops with me,” said Christopher Bruns. “I am quality control. I don’t give them free rein back there. I brew with them,” adding, “It is important to have something that differentiates you from the rest. I think the days of just being a brewery are over. That was the luxury of our forebearers.”