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Oskar Blues Launches B.Stiff & Sons Root Beer in Alumi-Tek® Pint Bottles by Ball

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For premier craft brewer Oskar Blues Brewery of Lyons, Colo., combining their home-brewed root beer with the convenient, quick chilling, resealable Alumi-Tek® bottles by Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) benefited not only Oskar Blues and its customers but also the family of Brian Stiff.

Brian Stiff was a part of the local Lyons, Colo. bike scene and father of two, who recently and unexpectedly passed away. When Lyons locals looked for ways to help his widow, it seemed only natural for Dale Katechis to name Oskar Blues' root beer B.Stiff & Sons as a tribute to their friend.

"With every sale, a portion of the proceeds of B.Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer goes to Brian's family," said Chad Melis, marketing director of Oskar Blues Brewery. "After years of serving our popular, home-brewed root beer from our restaurants, we decided to share it with friends and family in a portable, recyclable package suitable for outdoor activities – Ball's 16-oz. Alumi-Tek bottles."

Ball's resealable bottle lets consumers enjoy B.Stiff & Sons root beer on the move wherever they go.  The 100-percent recyclable bottle is lightweight, unbreakable and impervious to light and oxygen – providing unparalleled flavor protection and long shelf life for the beverage inside.

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brew pub and grill in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched its craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, CO. Oskar Blues was the first American Craft Brewery to brew and can its beer. Visit for more information. B.Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer is available in 16-oz. resealable, aluminum bottles at Oskar Blues restaurant locations, the Bonewagon Food truck, the West End Tavern and online.

About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit

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