By The Professor JW Faulkner – @EngProfJW
*Cue Kevin Hart voice* “You gonna learn ta’day… you gonna learn ta’day. Alright alright alright!” This week you are in for a treat – I am going to recommend a brew while learnin’ ya good! The brew on tap this weekend is one of the best pale ales you’ve never heard of from a brewery championing the “craft beer can” movement. Oskar Blues Brewery Dale’s Pale Ale is What’s on Tap This Weekend.
I’m guessing you have never heard of Oskar Blues Brewery or Dale’s Pale Ale. But Oskar Blues has been craft-brewing since 1997 and canning their beers since 2002; they were actually the first craft brewery to can. I know what you are thinking, “Canning? Doesn’t aluminum affect the beer’s taste?” This would have been true in 1985. But thanks to the space-time continuum and Marty Mcfly’s awesome version of Johnny B Good, craft breweries, like Oskar Blues, spray the can’s inside and lid with a coating that ensures the beer does not come in contact with the aluminum. Moreover, cans are the only method of storing / packaging beer that prevents “skunking,” which happens when the beer is exposed to sunlight and/or oxygen. We might not have Hover Boards or flying cars, but we have cans that don’t make beer taste like aluminum – fair trade in my mind.
Dale’s Pale Ale is awesomely smooth and crisp as each sip is filled with citrus, hops, pine and malts. Oskar Blues describes Dale’s as a “Mountain Pale Ale” – given the pine and earthy flavors, it is easy to taste why. The beer is well balanced and does not have an over-powering bitter finish often associated with pale ales. Whether you are grilling out, relaxing at the beach or just need a go-to brew, look no further than Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale. And considering it comes in a can, it is an environmentally-conscious brew. So do yourself and the world a favor this weekend and a drink a Dale’s Pale Ale.
Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 65
Color: Dark Golden / Light Amber