Beer Rediscovered Winter 2016

Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Nick Kulik

Nick Kulik
Origlio Beverage On-Premise Sales Manager

According to Nick Kulik of Origlio Beverage, Mama’s Little Yella Pils is a delicious, well-balanced, goes-with-everything kind of beer… one that appeals to beer lovers of all kinds. “It’s approachable and well-balanced,” he says. “It’s the button-up denim shirt of beers. You can wear it to work, to a party or to mow the lawn. For me, Mama’s is user-friendly, it tastes great and it comes in a can so it travels well. She also makes a great shower beer and is the perfect accompaniment for any dish on the menu at my favorite restaurant, Han Dynasty. Oh and it’s also a fantastic pairing for Captain Quint’s USS Indianapolis speech in Jaws.”

Kulik first tried Oskar Blues’ sessionable pilsner at Bar on Sansom St. in Center City. “My buddies and I used to go there to unwind and play Big Buck Hunter. On one of those nights, between Narragansett pounders, dry pepper wings, Hunter Heroes and bourbon shots, one of the guys put a yella can of Mama’s in my hand… the one that wasn’t holding an orange, plastic gun… and the rest is history.” Made with pale malt, German specialty malts and Saaz hops, this gently hopped (35 IBUs) pilsner is a sessionable refresher at only 5.3% ABV – quite low for Oskar Blues’ standards.

Although it’s one of Kulik’s favorites, he feels some people may overlook this approachable pilsner simply because of all the new brands and styles available today. “People have a tendency to overlook some of their old favorites,” he says. “It’s easy to look through the shelves at the beer store or the beer list at a bar, see Mama’s and think, ‘I can get that next time’. But, I don’t understand why they would do that to themselves. I mean, it’s right there! The price is right and it tastes great… not to mention the cool catch phrases stamped onto the bottom of Oskar Blues’ cans.”

You really can’t go wrong with a beer from Oskar Blues. “I’d put it in my top 10 favorite American breweries,” says Kulik. “They make solid beers that taste great and are good for any occasion. I’ve always been a fan of Dale’s, and Pinner is now making its way into my normal rotation. But you can’t beat Mama’s. I love that Oskar Blues led the canned craft beer movement. Bottles are great, but you can’t shotgun them. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than finishing a beer and crushing the can… like Quint. I really love Jaws a lot.”

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