Dale Katechis is the sole founder and owner of Oskar Blues Brewery, Oskar Blues Original Grill & Brew, REEB Cycles, Hops & Heifers Farm, and the REEB Ranch. Founded as a brewpub by Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in Colorado, Katechis’ Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth–from packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 to 149,000 barrels in 2014. In December 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an expansion brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Recently, Oskar Blues secured an additional 60,000 square feet at its Colorado location to expand its production footprint. Oskar Blues now distributes trail-blazing craft brews to 41 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. Avid mountain biker and craft beer pioneer, Katechis has lived in Colorado since 1992 with his wife and four children. He served as president of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce from 1999-2006.