Oskar Blues’ G’Knight is a hybrid version of a strong ale — somewhere between an Imperial Red and a Double IPA. We make it with six different malts and three types of hops, then dry-hop it with a mutha lode of Amarillo hops. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown.
The Man Behind G’Knight Imperial Red(Courtesy of G’Knight Ride)
“If you knew the man behind this tribute, this ale needs no explanation. If you didn’t, we’re sorry.”
So says the mention of Gordon Knight on Oskar Blues’ Imperial Red, G’Knight.
We’re toasting craft beer pioneers like Gordon Knight each & every day as we hoist a can of G’Knight Imperial Red. “Gordon Knight inspired all of us with the passion he brought to life, G’Knight is a fitting tribute to that spirit.” Says Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis.
Gordon Knight‚ 52‚ aviator‚ died July 30‚ 2002‚ when his helicopter crashed while dropping water on hot spots at a wildfire. A Nebraska native‚ he earned a Purple Heart as a U.S. Army pilot in Vietnam. Knight was a professional brewer who started three brewpubs in the Boulder area and won gold medals for three of his beers at the Great American Beer Festival. Friends describe him as a perfectionist who always downplayed his accomplishments.
Gordon didn’t have jobs. Gordon had passions.