Tag Archives: Cream Ale Week

Cream Ale Week: Terrapin Golden Ale

Even though they call it “Golden Ale,” Terrapin Beer‘s Golden Ale does in fact fit the Cream Ale style bill—and the ratings sites both classify it as such. Intrigued, I contacted Terrapin to find out if they would provide a sample for review; they generously sent two bottles to me. (They in fact arrived just this week—in the nick of time!) Terrapin is based in Atlanta Athens, Georgia (updated—see comments, and you’d think I’d do … Continue reading →

Cream Ale Week: New Glarus Spotted Cow

The most-rated beer for the Cream Ale category on both BeerAdvocate and RateBeer comes from Wisconsin, specifically the town of New Glarus: Spotted Cow, from (fittingly enough) New Glarus Brewing. As it happens, it may also be Wisconsin’s best-known beer—it’s certainly the flagship beer for the brewery. At 4.8% alcohol by volume it’s a true session ale. Here’s their description: Cask conditioned ale has been the popular choice among brews since long before prohibition. We … Continue reading →

Cream Ale Week: Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema

It would be hard to talk about Cream Ales on the West Coast and not mention Anderson Valley’s Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema. It’s a Cream Ale that actually achieves a creamy flavor (and aroma)—though it’s through the addition of a mystery spice. So it’s sort of a hybrid of a hybrid style… No matter—this is still one very tasty beer that I find enjoyable to drink. It’s 5.6% alcohol by volume and only 4 IBUs … Continue reading →

Cream Ale Week: Laughing Dog Cream Ale

Laughing Dog Brewing is one of those Pacific Northwest microbreweries you may or may not have heard of; located in the Idaho panhandle (way up north) in the town of Ponderay, the brewery has been making something of a splash in the PNW for their Alpha Dog Imperial IPA. This week, however, I’m interested in their Laughing Dog Cream Ale. Here’s their process: Laughing Dog Brewing’s Cream Ale is a traditional cream ale fermented with … Continue reading →

Cream Ale Week: The origins and style of Cream Ale

Cream Ale is classified by the BJCP as a “Hybrid Beer”: category 6A. It’s classified as a hybrid because it was originally developed as an ale version of the American light lager that was popular in the latter half of the nineteenth century: An ale version of the American lager style. Produced by ale brewers to compete with lager brewers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. Originally known as sparkling or present use ales, lager … Continue reading →