Oskar Blues’ New IPA Does Things Differently

August 25, 2015

Oskar Blues’ recently released IPA channels flavors both old and new.

I must’ve been 13 years old, or maybe I was 12, when I bought L.A. Gear Regulators, the company’s comically oversize answer to Reebok Pumps. It was the early ’90s, and inflatable high-tops were wildly, if mystifyingly popular. Press the tongue’s basketball-shape inflator and the sneaker snugly cinched your ankle, a gimmick masquerading as technological advancement.

Naturally, impressionable me needed a pair, hopefully to inflate my social standing in junior high school. The scarcity of Reebok Pumps, and the budget-breaking price tag, led me to L.A. Gear knockoffs,…