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December 29, 2009

Does anybody serve Dale's Pale Ale on tap around here?

dale's pale aleFor the past week or two, I have had a vivid, recurring vision.

I'm in a bar (big surprise there), and I look at the selection of draft beers, and see a tap handle shaped like a can of Dale's Pale Ale.

I can't remember if I order one or not. I don't think I do. But I make a mental note: Remember this place, Sessa, because you've never seen Dale's Pale Ale on tap before and this would make a great blog.

Of course I don't remember the place. Heck, I'm not sure if this is a hazy memory or something I've dreamt up entirely.

If you haven't tried it, Dale's Pale Ale is one of the best canned craft beers you'll ever have. The more I ponder this, the more I believe Dale's Pale Ale might be one of the only canned craft beers, which narrows the competition. Still, it's worth trying -- even though it's in a can ...

Before Dale's Pale Ale, the only two beers I would actively drink out of a can were Natty Boh and Coors Light. Some beers taste better in a can, and Coors Light is one of them.

I've never had Dale's any way but in a can, but lemme tell you, it's crisp and snappy and, all in all, pretty darn good. And if my vision of Dale's on tap was more than just a vision, I'd most certainly like a pint.

Anybody else seen Dale's on tap? Or am I dreaming?

(I got this photo, which I'm assuming is a press photo, here)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:49 AM | | Comments (33)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


Wayne at Mahaffey's periodically has it on draft. Also, think I've had it at Joe Squared on draft as well.

There is an outfit out of Ashland, Oregon called Caldera Brewing Company that cans their beer as well. Their products can be found at The Wine Source in Hampden.


On Tap, no. But in the can reliably at the Frisco Grille.

All of the beer from Oskar Blues is really good and in a can, try the Ten-Fidy (Imperial Stout). The other craft brewer in the area with cans is 21st Amendment, with their Watermelon Wheat, IPA and Monks Blood(Belgian Dark Strong).

Elliots Pour House in Brewer's Hill

Joe Squared has it on tap.

One Eyed Mike's in Fells Point had it as of xmas eve.

Joe Squared has one of the Dale's beers on draft. It might not be the Pale Ale, but they definitely have one with the can-style tap.

Pretty sure Joe Squared has it.

It's on at Mahaffey's from time to time. Right now Looney's in Canton has Oskar Blues Old Chub on draft. The tap handle itself is in the shape of a can. Awesome.

Nothing is better at fighting cold mountain air than a can of Old Chub.

Max's had it a couple weeks ago

Muggsys in Federal Hill has it on their rotation along with Old Chubb, Yella Pilla and so on...great brewery out of Colorado

Max's has it occasionally. I also like Oskar Blues Gordan.


The best canned beer is the Caldera. Everybody should try the Amber and the IPA.

The 21st Amendment is pretty good too. Try the Brew Free or Die IPA, the Watermelon or the Monk's Blood.

Cans are great because you can sneak them anywhere. Like church or work.

Max's has a couple Oscar Blues varieties. Bartender's on Boston St used to always have it, but I haven't been there in a while to confirm.

As others have said, Max's occasionally has it on tap.

And everything from Oskar Blues is great. Can or not, it's some of the best beer in the world (at least IMO).. especially their "Ten Fidy" imperial stout.

Make sure you seek out some Monk's Blood from 21st Amendment. It's brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, oak chips and dried figs. Like the Dale's Pale Ale, Monk's Blood also comes in a can and as of late, I can't get enough of it.

And of course, make sure you pour into a decent glass to get the full effect!

Joe Squared for sure. My name is Dale, so I seek it out!

Well, everyone else has blathered about the usual suspects for this beer, so another couple possibilities not raised yet: Alonso's on Cold Spring Lane, and Grand Cru in Belvedere Square have both had this beer on tap in recent days/months, as I recall, and I suspect the Judge's Bench in Ellicott City has it now and then.

If we're just going for bragging, I have a few Dale's Pale Ale coasters lying about the desk and house, in part because I have a brother-in-law named Dale.........

Hamilton Tavern had it on tap last month.

Peter's had the tap handles for Dale's and Lil' Yella, but the Dales keg was kicked and the Yella kicked mid-pour when I went last month.

And for the record, the 21st Am. Watermelon has to be the worst beer I have ever drank from a can.

And, yes, I have had Old Milwaukee & Milwaukee's Best Ice.

Actually just saw it last night at Sean Bolan's up in Bel Air.

One Eyed Mikes. A LOT of hops in that brew.

I believe the BMore Taphouse has it sometimes too. Definitely has it in cans.

The Abbey definitely either has it in cans or on draft.

Definitely Bartenders. Definitely.

Also, I hear that DuClaw Fells Point closes today, for good. Know why? Did Kali's get that spot too?

Alonso's on Coldpring Lane in Roland Park has it.

Alonso's on Coldspring Lane in Roland Park has it.

Sam, I had a few at Joe2 last night. They've had it every time I've been in over the past 2 months or so.

I've also found it regularly on tap at an odd location: Jilly's in Ellicott City on Rt. 40 at the Safeway shopping center.

Most of their beers are pretty common taps but the Dale Pale seems to be a permanent tap among the 22 offered.

Verrrry tasty, and my go to beer for canned needs (fishing, softball, etc.)
You should try the 10-50, but make sure you have a sturdy seat before hand. It packs a wallop.

Ryan's Daughter has had it on tap.

I am pretty sure Golden West does.

Lures in Crownsville recently had the OB Ten Fidy Imperial Stout on tap, but they constantly rotate selections. Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, also has an amazing selection of beers on tap, so call them and ask if they've got it.

pretty much everyone mentioned has had it one time or another. also coburns, metro, judges bench, victoria gasro, Joe Squared is by far Maryland's number one Dales Pale Ale Account.

Also Butternuts Brewery from NY is in Maryland now. All Cans.

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