One night, over beers with our distributor (O’Malley Beverage) in Lawrence KS, we started talking UnBottled fun…specifically kickball. O’Malley’s craft brand manager, Matt Shaddid, mentioned that he was in a kickball league in town. He also mentioned what a great following the league had. For years, Lawrence has been one of our best markets in the state of Kansas, and the first city in Kansas where we saw Odell IPA really take off at bars like Dempsey’s, Quinton’s, The Burger Stand and Harbour Lights.
We think that’s because we have some kindred spirits in Lawrence, a city that is very similar to our hometown Fort Collins with very similar people drinking great beer! We thought we should get the Wildman Attack Force (Kaw Valley 2012 Kickball Champs) to Fort Collins for a game and an opportunity to raise some money for their favorite local charity…if they won.
So, Team Wildman made the trek to Fort Collins last week where we met up for beers and introductions at a local Fort Collins craft beer bar, Tap and Handle. We did our best to keep Team Wildman out past their bedtimes in the hopes of gaining some type of advantage. The next morning we met up and quickly found out why Team Wildman was Kaw Valley Champs. We were defeated by a score of 22-4. A good time was had by all, and Team Wildman returned home to Lawrence with their winnings for the Lymphoma Foundation.
John Campbell is the Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri Sales Rep for Odell Brewing