Celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day with Dale’s Pale Ale

mdeeds@Idahostatesman.comJanuary 24, 2014 

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It’s unlikely that your boss will let you take the entire day off, but today is supposedly National Beer Can Appreciation Day.

What better way to celebrate than with a cold, crisp Dale’s Pale Ale?

The familiar blue-and-red can — conspicuously missing from Idaho beer shelves in recent years — made its return this month. Colorado-founded Oskar Blues Brewery is reintroducing its canned-beer lineup, including Dale’s, after exiting Idaho in 2011 because it couldn’t keep up with demand.

“I guess there are worse problems,” says Oskar Blues marketing director Chad Melis. “But pulling out of a market’s not really fun. Bringing beer back to the market is a lot more fun.”

Dale’s Pale Ale is considered a groundbreaker. Created at Oskar Blues’ brewpub in Lyons, Colo., it was sold in cans long before craft cans were cool, making bottle snobs wince and outdoors enthusiasts smile.

At 6.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and 65 on the International Bitterness Units scale (IBU), Dale’s may taste more like an IPA than a pale ale to the uninitiated. Hoppy and aggressive on the tongue, it’s not a subtle pale ale experience.

Dale’s will be the most widely sold Oskar Blues flavor in Idaho, but the brewery — with locations in Colorado and North Carolina — will distribute other varieties here: Mama’s Little Yella Pils, Old Chub Scotch Ale, G’Knight Imperial Red IPA and, notably, Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale.

Deviant Dale’s is excellent. Packaged in a 16-ounce can, it packs an aromatic, 8 percent ABV/85 IBU punch. It’s one of those citrus-nosed IPAs — grapefruit and pine mingle — that you almost want to inhale as much as swallow.

Oskar Blues also will offer two seasonals: Ten Fidy Imperial Stout (September through February) and Gubna Imperial IPA (March through August).

NEW BOISE BREWERY

The local brewery revolution continues Wednesday, Jan. 29, when Boise-based Edge Brewing Co. debuts its beers at Bier:Thirty, 3073 South Bown Way. Meet the Edge gang and taste their beers from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Edge tour continues Thursday, Jan. 30, at Bittercreek Alehouse, 246 N. 8th St. Bittercreek will offer four 5-ounce samples of Edge beers for $4 all day.

Follow Michael Deeds on Twitter: @IDS_Deeds.

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