Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Rocky Mountain Cannasol
Strawberries N Cream, White 99
Rocky Road
Cake Pop, Gastro Pop #4, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, White 99
Roots RX
Gastro Pop #4, Sour Diesel, Unicorn Poop
Roots Rx
Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush #8, FUN, Gastro Pop #4, Muffinz Breath #1, Slurricane, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Strawberry Shortcake, Triangle OG, WOF, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Cereal Barz, Slurricane, Space Gello
Star Buds
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel
TGS
, Big Bubba Diesel, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Garlic Breath, Gastro Pop #4, Gelato 41, Lava Breath #2, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peking Duck #6, Pineapple Blast, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop, White 99
The 404 Dispensary
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, El Chivo #4, Lava Breath #2, Malibu Mirage, Slurricane, Veritas Cookies
The 64 Store
Forza Sans Souci #4, Gastro Pop #4, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop
The Dispo
Cereal Barz, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Gastro Pop #4, Miracle Alien Cookies, RUN, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, WOF, White 99
The Happy Camper
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Forza Sans Souci #4, MIL, Muffinz Breath #1, Sour Rado, Super Sour Lemon, Veritas Cookies
Tumbleweed
, Durban Kush #8, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo #2, Strawberries N Cream, Unicorn Poop, White 99
Twin Peaks
Gastro Pop #4
A Cut Above
Big Bubba Diesel, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Gelato 41, Sour Diesel, White 99
ANNA
El Chivo #4, Malibu Mirage, RUN, Veritas Cookies
BUDS LTD
Durban Kush #8, Strawberries N Cream, White 99
Berkeley Dispensary
Miracle Alien Cookies
Best High
, Bananaghani, Gastro Pop #4, Sherb Crasher, Unicorn Poop
Blue Heron
Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, White 99
Buku Loud
Bananaghani, Durban Kush #8, Peach Crescendo #2, Sherb Crasher
COS Confidential
El Chivo #4, Forza Sans Souci #4, Muffinz Breath #1, RUN, Slurricane, Space Gello, WOF
Canna Cabinet
Big Bubba Diesel, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Gastro Pop #4, Lava Breath #2, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, OZ Kush, Pineapple Blast, RUN, Sour Diesel, Strawberries N Cream, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, White 99
Cannabicare
Frozen Dessert, Gastro Pop #4, RUN, Sour Diesel, Sueno
Cherry Peak
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Cereal Barz, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Gastro Pop #4, Gelato 41, Grape Gasoline S1, MIL, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo #2, RUN, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, White 99
Colorado Harvest Company
Bananaghani, Cereal Barz, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Gastro Pop #4, Gelato 41, Malibu Mirage, Strawberries N Cream, Veritas Cookies, White 99
Euflora
, Dosilato #8, Durban Kush #8, Super Sour Lemon, Veritas Cookies
Herbal Healing
Big Bubba Diesel, Gelato 41, Lava Breath #2, Malibu Mirage, Veritas Cookies
Higher Grade
FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, OZ Kush, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane
Kika Kush
Malibu Mirage, Sour Diesel, Triangle OG, Veritas Cookies
Kind Meds
Cake Pop, Muffinz Breath #1, Yuk Mouth
Kush Masters
Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, White 99
Livgreen
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, FUN, Gastro Pop #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz Breath #1, Sherb Crasher, Strawberries N Cream, Triangle OG, Veritas Cookies, WRZ, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Lucky Monkey Buds
Forza Sans Souci #4, Muffinz Breath #1
Magnolia Road
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Forza Sans Souci #4, Frozen Dessert, Lava Breath #2, MIL, Malibu Mirage, Muffinz Breath #1, OZ Kush, Peach Crescendo #2, RUN, White 99
Magnolia Road
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Cereal Barz, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Gastro Pop #4, MIL, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz Breath #1, OZ Kush, Peach Crescendo #2, Peking Duck #6, RUN, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Space Gello, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, White 99
Makena
Bananaghani, Cereal Barz, Slurricane, Space Gello, Wedding Crasher
Native Roots
Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Cereal Barz, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Frozen Dessert, Gastro Pop #4, Lava Breath #2, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz Breath #1, OZ Kush, Peach Crescendo #2, Peking Duck #6, Pineapple Blast, RUN, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Space Gello, Strawberries N Cream, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, WOF, Wedding Crasher, White 99
Peak North
Bananaghani, Cake Pop, Gastro Pop #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Super Sour Lemon, Veritas Cookies
Rino Supply
Cake Pop
Ripple
Cherry Diesel, Durban Kush #8, Muffinz Breath #1, Yuk Mouth

July 15, 2021

Dale (Yes, That Dale) of Oskar Blues Joins the Pot Industry

THOMAS MITCHELLJULY 15, 2021 6:22AM

The Dale behind Dale's Pale Ale is joining Colorado's marijuana industry.

The Dale behind Dale's Pale Ale is joining Colorado's marijuana industry.Courtesy of Veritas

Oskar Blues and owner Dale Katechis have never shied away from a love for marijuana, but the professional connection ended at cleverly named beers or puns in honor of the plant.

Until now.

The craft-beer pioneer and Veritas Fine Cannabis just announced that Katechis is joining the Colorado marijuana grower as an investing partner, in hopes that he'll bring some of those same disruptive techniques to pot.

"It was really just looking for the right opportunity. I'd been looking at other opportunities for quite some time and was considering an investment in the space, but I never found the right fit or company that fit with my ethos," Katechis explains.

And ethos is important to Katechis. Oskar Blues has displayed a trailblazing mindset since he founded the Longmont brewery in 1997, making aluminum and tall-boy cans cool in craft beer (it wasn't as easy as it sounds) and highlighting local musicians through Burning Can, an annual festival held to showcase beer, artists and a massive wooden beer can that is eventually set on fire. Now that mindset has spread, with Oskar Blues expanding into North Carolina and Texas while acquiring several different breweries of its own.

Not bad for a brewery that started in a basement. Maybe that's why Katechis decided to finally enter the marijuana industry through the cultivation sector, another relatively new industry with roots leading back to Colorado basements.where's weedMarijuana Businesses Near You80010^


"In craft beer, we had four ingredients, and we had to figure out how to make them better and more stable than everyone else. We did it in a very irreverent way, which is how Mike and Jon operate Veritas," Katechis says.

When a Veritas partner sold his stake in the company, co-owner Mike Leibowitz says he and fellow partner Jon Spadafora didn't have to look very hard to find a new investor. Leibowitz and Katechis share a mutual friend that Katechis has known since childhood, and they hit it off quickly after meeting.

Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis (right) opened the brewery in 1997

Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis (right) opened the brewery in 1997. Courtesy of Veritas

"Dale is, as usual, being very humble about how excited we are to have him," Leibowitz says. "The last thing we wanted as a company was to have a bunch of suits come in, look at profits and spreadsheets and take the fun away from cannabis. With Dale, we're going to have more fun; we already have since he came on board. It's sparked a fire for all 125 of us who work at Veritas."

According to Leibowitz, Katechis's infusion of money and experience could lead to market expansion down the road, with Veritas currently eyeing California, but "nothing is final yet." Changes to packaging — something of a staple at Oskar Blues — and crossover events and branding between the brewery and marijuana cultivation are also on the table.

Although Oskar Blues and Veritas remain two separate companies and Katechis is very aware of state and federal laws banning products containing both alcohol and THC, marijuana beverages are still a possibility, he notes.

"We have a lot of ideas and thoughts on where the next moves are," Katechis concludes, "but the focus for Veritas is growing luxury flower, and growing that line and staying in that line — but there are certainly opportunities out there that we'll investigate, whether it's drinks or what have you."

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