The Associated Press May 3, 2012, 11:37AM ET

Oskar Blues plans to open new brewery in NC

Colorado-based Oskar Blues Grill & Brew is opening a restaurant and brewery in Brevard, N.C.

The brewer is known for selling beer, including its Dale's Pale Ale, in aluminum cans, not bottles. Since 2008, its production has grown from 19,500 barrels to 59,000 barrels last year.

Founder Dale Katechis is a mountain biking enthusiast and frequently travels to North Carolina to visit the Pisgah National Forest.

Oskar Blues hopes to have its North Carolina facility open in December. The brewery says more than 35 percent of its beer is sold east of the Mississippi River.

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