26 October 2012

WILK Friday BeerBuzz - 26 Oct 2012 Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale w/Dale Katechis

As you may or may not have noticed, we tend to have a lot of fun on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz.  Each week we sample some great beers, we talk “craft beer” and best of all, we make new friends.

Today on the show we welcomed a guest that I’ve been excited to meet since the beginning of the show.  It’s no secret that Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale is one of my favorite beers, and it’s one beer that always has a full-time space in my refrigerator.  So you may be asking why it has taken over two years for us to feature it on the show…and the answer is simple.  I decided long ago there was only one way to feature Dale’s Pale Ale; with Dale himself!  So today we finally did it.

Dale Katechis co-founded Oskar Blues Brewery in 2002 & right from the start he faced an uphill battle.  You see Oskar Blues was launched on the premise that all of their beers would be canned instead of bottles…and in 2002 this was a revolutionary idea.  Dale had to not only sell the beer itself, but sell people on he idea that cans were a better package.  It was a lot of fun talking to Dale about the “can packaging,” why it is a better package and how far it has come in just 10-years.  Case in point are the Oskar Blues / Sun King co-Brewed re-sealable bottle-cans and better yet the new Royal Pint 19.2oz Dale’s Pale Ale Can.
We had a great time tasting Dale’s Pale Ale with Dale himself.  This beer is a classic hop-forward Pale Ale with a big grapefruity-hoppy nose and a wonderful clean easy-drinking finish.  They call it a “Rocky Mountain Pale Ale” but I like to call it “one of my favorite “hoppy-gateway” beers.  If I had a beer for every time I’ve converted someone who thought they didn’t like hoppy beers to a hop-head using Dale’s Pale, I’d have a cellar full of beers.  People simply always just love this beer.

It was also very cool getting an update on the upcoming Brevard NC Oskar Blues facility from Dale.  This new brewery should mean even more Oskar Blues beers into our market and better yet…even FRESHER Oskar Blues beers into our bellies.

If you haven’t already tried Dale’s Pale Ale or any of the great Oskar Blues beers, do so now.  Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

Thank you to Dale Katechis from Oskar Blues, Nancy, John & Joe for yet another

fun Friday.

The Friday BeerBuzz…bringing good beers and good people together.

As always you can check out the video on-line at the WILK Friday BeerBuzz page by clicking HERE.

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