s we noted in our review of the Springs’ then-new location
in late 2017, Oskar Blues Fooderies
owns several breweries and eateries. As powerful a Goliath as the brand has become, it’s interesting in a historical-context way to pull into the original Lyons location. The manager tells us it launched as a brewpub in ‘97 before it even brewed beer in ‘99, and seated in its upstairs dining room, we feel more like we’re in an eclectic, funky café on par with a Poor Richard’s. A special release 6.9 percent ABV single-hop Oskar Blues Interstate Smash Express Mosaic IPA ($6/pint) bursts with tropical aroma, landing with a semi-tart, tangerine-evoking punch. Our Cuban Oskar ($12), an item not on C. Springs’ menu, doesn’t aim for authenticity, given it arrives on Texas Toast (versus Cuban bread). It hits with mango-habanero mustard (not as fruit-expressive as it sounds), but it’s loaded with perky pulled pork, plus the traditional Swiss and ham, and makes a fine bite with a simple side salad.