Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Cans, cans, cans. Avid craft beers fans may be sick of hearing about cans by now, and newcomers to craft beer will let old biases steer them away from cans, but if there is any beer that proves that awesome can come in cans, it’s Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale. This is a bold, hoppy monster of an ale that has converted more people to cans than Thomas Mapother has to Xenu (Google Tom Cruise and Scientology). They call it a pale ale, but if the ubiquitous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale toes the line between pale ale and IPA, Dale’s Pale Ale puts its left foot in and shakes it all about. And astonishingly, this citrus and pine-laden monster is only available in cans! Well, assuming you also consider a keg a giant can. Which, I do, if only for the sake of argument. Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale is sometimes available at Jolly’s, Time, and City Tap House.
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