A:Oskar Blues Brewing
Brevard, North Carolina
Oskar Blues, a fixture in the Rockies outside of Denver, recently came to its senses and opened a brewery in Western North Carolina shortly after Thanksgiving. Dale’s Pale Ale has always been one of my favorite cans to lug along for camping trips or to hide inside a coozie at the neighborhood swimming pool. (If you don’t know what a coozie is, you’ve clearly never been down South, or to a NASCAR race.) More amber than pale, Dale’s hoppy, somewhat citrusy ale also seems to possess near-magical restorative powers after mountain bike rides. Now, being brewed with Appalachian water, it should taste even better.