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Q:

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?

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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