The votes have been tallied and *drum roll please* Cream Ale won. We received over a thousand votes, so thank you to all for letting us know what you think. Sorry to all the Rye fans. But maybe some other time. It was a close call but Cream took 720 total votes and Rye had 565. For now, look forward to a smooth and refreshing cream ale to be released in March 2012. Mark spent a day brewing the first batch with Brewmaster Sean Larkin at Trinity Brewhouse in Providence. Check out that video above. Can't wait to taste and enjoy this one. Brewed with 2-row American pale malt, carafoam, nugget and willamette hops and weighing in at 5% ABV and 22 IBUs, this is going to be one tasty brew. Here's more on Cream Ale:
A cream ale is related to pale lager. They are generally brewed to be light and refreshing with a straw to pale golden color. Hop and malt flavor is fairly subdued. While cream ales are top-fermented ales, they typically undergo an extended period of cold-conditioning or lagering after primary fermentation is complete. This reduces fruity esters and gives the beer a clean, smooth flavor. Narragansett made a tasty Cream Ale throughout the ‘60’s and ‘70’s, and it would be great to bring a craftier version of such an easy drinking (but hard to find) ale style back to today’s craft beer enthusiasts.
SOME PEOPLE LOOK FONDLY BACK ON THE AGE OF THE MILKMAN. FOR US, IT’S THE BEER WAGON. From the late 1800?s to the 1970?s, no Rhode Island parade was complete without the ‘Gansett beer wagon, carrying styles from Lager to Porter —to a Cream Ale like this one, an easy-drinking ale with a smooth malt character. It’s a deliciously simple pleasure that reminds us of days gone by when the beer wagon and ‘Gansett Cream Ale were both so popular ‘round here. Taste & Enjoy!