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Chicago Bound!

Monday started an eight day marketing trip from Asheville to Chicago. Monday was a bit damp with lots of rain and hail, made the drive along one.

The first event Oowee is attending is a trade show for promotional products companies. This is our first time displaying our products for this group so it is very exciting. We are promoting our ethically manufactured products made right here in North Carolina. If you can’t buy local, at least buy American made!

Oowee Inc display at ASI Chicago Trade Show

Oowee Inc display at ASI Chicago Trade Show

Coming up this weekend we are participating in the Sheffield Music, Art and Beer Festival. Stay tuned for more pictures and updates.

Asheville Beer Week

The time has come for the “official” Asheville Beer Week starting today! Keep an eye out for our great leather koozies around town. These are great beer giftsthat will last you a lifetime. You can add them to your home bar or give them to your favorite craft beer lover.

Here a list of just some of the places you can pick up some of our premier leather beverage sleeves:My Beer is Craft PINT

  • Highland Brewing
  • The Wedge Brewery
  • Altamont Brewery
  • French Broad Brewing
  • Asheville Brewing Supply
  • Asheville Ale Trail
  • Bruisin’ Ales
  • Hops and Vines
  • Appalachian Vintner

A big thank you to all the local businesses that support Oowee Products. We are proud to manufacture our products solely inNorth Carolina with the help of our staff of adults on the autism spectrum.

Springing into Festival Fun!

They say it is officially spring. The weather may be a little confused, however, we know what time of year it is…FESTIVAL TIME! We kicked off festival season this past weekend in Charlotte, NC at the Ale to the Queen Festival.The guys had a great time drinking beer and posing with the Charlotte Beer Girls.

We have some other great events coming up…maybe even coming to a city near you!

April 11th – The Thirsty Orange in Johnson City, TN

May 16th – America on Tap in Tuscaloosa, AL

July 18th – Chicago Craft Beer Festival in Chicago, IL

We are always looking for new festivals and events to be a part of. If want us to bring Oowee Products to your event, just email us with the details!!!

Ale to the Queen Beer Festival, Charlotte, NC

Ale to the Queen Beer Festival, Charlotte, NC

New Growler Tote

New Products on the Horizon

At Oowee Products we have been working hard to create some new leather drink accessories for you. On our travels to breweries and retailers across the country, we had one request that kept popping up, a growler tote. After many trials, we have come up with a stylish tote. Our growler tote, like all our products, is handmade in Asheville, NC and stitched by adults on the Autism spectrum.

Use this Growler Tote to get your favorite beer and then you can transport it hands free, whether you are biking, walking or paddling. The tote has an adjustable strap to fit everyone, with an extra comfort pad. Bring your beer, keep your hands free. You can customize them with a full color metal badge or with you custom branded logo.

Handmade in America

Supporting economic development in the ethical way!

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It is becoming more and more noticeable that many companies are seeking workers from other countries to produce mass manufactured products that lack in quality.Unfortunately, this is robbing Americans of needed jobs and eventually ends up creating large amounts of disposable material.

Oowee Products is proud to produce our koozies from material that is 1) a renewable resource and 2) is from the heartland of America. We use high quality, all naturalleather from the boot and lace industry.

Partnering with the Autism Society of North Carolina had been an significant aspect of Oowee Products. It has contributed greatly to our handmade koozies. We are very proud of our crew at the ASNC, These individuals do an amazing job and we are lucky to have them as part of our team. Each order of leather koozies are hand stitched and assembled by individuals on the autism spectrum through Blue Ridge Bags and More, a business operated by the ASNC. For more information please visit our Autism Society section on our web-site.

Recently, Oowee Products decided to become a part of HandMade in America.HandMade’s mission isto “grow economies through craft and creative placemaking.” They are anon-profit community and economic development corporation. Their goal is to help handmade crafts become more recognized and, consequently, more supported by communities. HandMade is focused on educating communities about how to best support local crafts. This is an important role in growing a sustainable, thriving economy in Western North Carolina. They are also involved with helping local artists grow their businesses.

So if you want to start contributing to your community in a positive manner, an easy way to start is by making an effort to buy things grown locally and made by local artisans.

Chicago

chicago city from river Oowee Products made it’s way to the Windy City last week. Mixing a little family, craft brewery time, museums tours, and navigating the city, Gabriel had a packed schedule! Lots of craft beer, art and travel.

There are so many great breweries in The Windy City it’s hard to mentioned them all but here are a few that you shouldn’t miss if you are up that way:

Revolution was the 1st brewery on the agenda. Oowee met with Kim, head of merch. She was nice and had never seen anything like our awesome leather koozies before. Oowee really enjoyed Pipeworks, This brewery has a cool website, worth a looksie. After that, Oowee checked out The Beer Temple. Chris, the owner was super nice.Chris is recognized by the Siebel Institute of Technology, America’s oldest brewing school, as a Master of Beer Styles and Evaluation and his knowledge is abundant! We loved Half Acre! They have fantastic graphics on their cans.In April 2010 Half Acre became the first brewer in Chicago to can beer and they went with the classic “tall boy” as their canning preference. They actively collaborate with other s to create tasty craft beers for your drinking pleasure.

Argus BreweryAnother brewery that we really enjoyed was Argus! Byron, the head brewer was awesome and really enjoyed our leather koozies. Argus Brewery bottles their beers and has growlers available. Oowee Products is working on leather growler holders. The design is coming along and should be housing tasty growlers of craft beverages soon! Prototypes are already in use!

IMG_20140508_153029184Sonia, head brewer with 5 Rabbit Brewery was super sweet. This brewery has a unique Latin influence. They boast cuisine and craft beer that is rooted in the history of Central and South America.

At Buckle Down Brewing, Oowee met up with owner, Ike, and bartender, KChey. Everyone there made Oowee feel very welcome! They were very receptive to our leather koozies, and the work we do with the Autism Society of North Carolina.IMG_20140509_122603535_HDR

After a week of bouncing to various breweries, Oowee landed at Soldier Field for the American Beer Classic. This was a full day of incredible craft beverages at the famous Soldier Field in Chicago. The day was all about showcasing and samplingsome of the finest craft beers in America.Oowee Products had a tent set up with a variety of leather koozies and got to meet a lot of local patrons as well as brewers and brewery owners. Oowee had a great trip to Chicago and is looking forward to going back!

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World Beer Fest, Raleigh NC

April is NC Beer Month

Ha! As if this area really needs a beer “month”… I think we cheers the craft all year round in Asheville, NC! We’re always up for a reason to celebrate all things beer. Our mountain area is a culture that cares about sustainability and respects quality food and beverage. The craft beer here has raised the standards for breweries. There are so many great options around Asheville to drink from. The quality craft beers aren’t limited to just the mountains of NC. There are fantastic breweries from mountains to the coast.Check out this site for special beer events in all areas of NC:http://www.ncbeermonth.com

World Beer Fest, Raleigh NC

 

Oowee Products was proud to be part of the rollicking good time kickin’ off the Beer Month at the World Beer Festival in Raleigh, NC this year. We sold a lot of our ready made leather koozies and got to meet a lot of great folks!

 

 

Greenville/Spartanburg

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Brewery 85

Oowee Products had a fun trip to South Carolina last week. Gabriel visited several different locations. He showed his support for the local craft beer scene and delivered some Oowee leather sleeves. The day started at RJ Rockers in Spartanburg. Everyone was so enjoyable.What a great way tostart the day!

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After that, he ventured on to Brewery 85. This newer brewery is definitely worth a stop! Their 864 Weizen is a perfect mid-day craft beer. Some of the other stops were Thomas Creek, Quest, Greenville Beer Exchange, and the Community Tap. Everyone was hospitable and had a great selection of delicious craft beers!

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Festival Season!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOowee is getting ready for the Spring, festival season!

This March, we’re making new rocks glass sleeves, pint glass sleeves, cans and bottle sleeves!We are working hard to get some exciting “Ready Made” leather sleeves prepared for the World Beer Festival in Raleigh,NC. It’s coming up in just two weeks. If you’re in the Raleigh/Durham area it would be a fun beer festival to check out! It’sSaturday April 5th in beautiful Moore Square Park, downtown Raleigh. There are two sessions. One is during the day from noon to 4 and then there is an evening session too from 6-10pm. They plan on having tons of craft beers, food trucks and awesome merchandise like Oowee’s leather sleeves.

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Trip to Raleigh

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Oowee Products just had a wonderful trip to the Raleigh, NC area! We got to show off our custom leather sleeves to many of the breweries in that area. We got lots of great feedback. Here’s a little recap of our journey:

Fortnight Brewing Company just opened up to the public this past weekend.It was ourfirst stopon Sundaynight starting out with a 30 barrel system and plan to grow by adding another 30 barrels or more.Carolina Brewing Comapny photo (3)

On Monday,we stopped at a Carolina Brewing Company in Holly Springs, NC. Next, we headed to Aviator Brewing Company in Fuquay-Varina and met with Buddy who gave usa tour of the brewery and showed off their new tasting room.

Natty Green'sWe enjoyed lunch at Natty Greene’s Brewing in downtown Raleigh with Bob High, sale rep for the brewery.

After lunch, Oowee checked out Crank Arm Brewing in downtown Raleigh. Travis enjoyed the Eat Sleep Bike English Ale ESB. They have a pretty cool rickshaw business that now runs out of the brewery.

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Next door to Crank Arm Brewing is the Tasty Beverage Company which is retail store for craft beer bottles and cans. We had a few spare moments to check out their beers. Then, we headed out to Smithfield, NC to check out Double Barley Brewing. On the way back to Apex we made a pit stop at Aviator tap house which is an old railroad station for the town of Fuquay-Varina. Travis tried a pint of Saison DeAviator and Gabriel enjoyed the Crazy Pilsner. Buddy was super nice and showed us all around the brewery. He really liked out custom leather sleeves!photo (5) Double Barley (2)Double Barley

The next day, we met up with Bob High to check a smaller new brewery in downtown Raleigh called Trophy Brewing Company. It has a 3 barrel nano system with a full service restaurant

 

Trophy BreweryWe Stop in at Big BossBrewing Company then ventured close by to the Five Point Area to check out a brewery thatnot opening till spring 2014 called union square brewery whichwill house a 20 barrel brewsystem.

We also stopped into Gizmo Brew Works which currently has a 2 barrel system and plan to grow to 7 barrel system by this summer.

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White StreetLater that day, we journeyed out to Wake Forest, NC to pay a visit to White Street Brewing Company. We met up with Harmony VanGundy,director of Sales and Marketing, and Ian VanGundy, director of Brewery Operations, they house a 10 barrel brew system with plans to expand to a warehouse nearby with a large production facility soon. We enjoyed the Hoptimist IPA and Kolsch-Style, the sample of Belgian Dubbel was amazing! They totally dig the leather sleeves too!

We stopped into RaleighBrewing Company. They also have the largest home brew shop. Close by there was Bottle Revolution, a local craft brew shop.

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We got to meet the owner Ted. They have a great selection of craft brew bottles and cans plus a great rotating draft list!

Raleigh is definitely becoming a hot spot for craft breweries. We had a whirlwind of a trip, but met lots of great folks in the craft beverage industry!