Oskar Blues Brewery announced its North Carolina-brewed Dale’s Pale Ale is in the fermenter seven months after opening its brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. “It’s been an insane six months,” said Noah Tuttle, head brewer in Brevard. “From moving the family across the country, working on the OB Brew School, and helping get this brewery up and running, it’s been crazy times. But that’s how we roll at Oskar Blues, and I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched its craft-brewed hand canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. It was the first American craft brewery to can beer. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 41,000 barrels in 2010, grew to 59,000 in 2011 and is on pace for 90,000 in 2012. While celebrating 10 years of Dale’s Pale Ale, the brewery started brewing beer in their new Brevard, N.C. brewery in December 2012
“We’re all enthusiastic to welcome Oskar Blues to Western North Carolina,” says John Lyda, president of the Asheville Brewers Alliance and head brewer at Highland Brewing Company. “
The brewery includes a taproom overlooking the brewery floor that’s open to the public daily and serves Oskar Blues beers on tap and by the can. Special release and one-off beers brewed on the small pilot system will be tapped regularly there.
Oskar Blues is available in Connecticut via Northeast Beverage Corp. and in Rhode Island via World Class Beverages (a division of C & C Distributing Co.).