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The East's Best Beers: Dale's Pale Ale

This may sound silly, but I plan trips to mountain towns around the brews that flow from their taps. What would you say are the East’s best craft and microbrews that come from mountain towns?

Dale's Pale Ale beer Oskar Blues North Carolina

Dale's Pale Ale.     Photo: Ted Thompson/Flickr

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.

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