Cream Ale is a uniquely American style. Sure, the American IPA might be the envy of the world’s brewing community, but it didn’t start in the United States. Let’s talk about one of the most well-known – Genesee Cream Ale. First introduced in 1960, “Genny Cream” might be the most recognizable for the style out there.
Here’s something you didn’t expect. A dry-hopped edition the decades-old cream ale, a collaboration with New York’s Other Half Brewing.
Other Half’s fame was born in New York City. As far as we know, the lines for Other Half beers are pretty much a standard, 24 hours a day. The brewery is in the process of opening a new 20-line taproom in Rochester, New York and ahead of they have teamed up with Genesee Brewery.
Cream Ale now has a sibling, Dream Ale. Using the classic Genesee Cream Ale recipe, the brewing teams added oats and dry-hopped it with a “massive dose” of Citra hops.
We are huge fans of the all-time NY classic Cream Ale and couldn’t imagine a better way to pay respect to the historic brewing traditions of Rochester while putting an OH twist on an all-time favorite recipe. – Other Half Brewing
Genesee Dream Ale will be available in 16-ounce cans at the Genesee Brewery on Friday, March 22nd starting at 11 am.
Style: Cream Ale
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited (170 Cases)
Later this year, The Bruery has a collaborative release slated for later this year, with Florida’s Funky Buddha Brewery. Until today, we thought there might only be one, but in actuality, there might be two. The first – Guava Libre!. A second potential has surfaced – The Bruery Pink Snow.
Both creations are slated to be cream ales. Guava Libre is inspired by a Cuban guava pastry. The Bruery Pink Snow also carries a dessert vibe, resulting in something more fitting for the SoCal and Florida mild winters – a tropical snow cone.
This imperial cream ale features guava, dragonfruit, coconut, and vanilla beans, turned creamy smooth with the addition of lactose.
The result is so damn tropical. Vanilla and coconut subtley dominate the beer, which is creamy and quite unique. It’s a fruity tropical dessert that would be just a fantastic over shaved ice at a carnival. Probably one of the most unique beers we’ve tasted in a long, long while.
Since our collective exposure to the wet wintry elements is minimal, we at The Bruery® and Funky Buddha decided to create our own version of snow – something pink and tropical -that we can play in as temperatures start to arm. Championing the big, bold flavors our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, then added lactose and vanilla for sweetness, and guava, dragonfruit and coconut for a vibrant, tropical vibe.
The Bruery Pink Snow is slated for 750 milliliter bottles, debuting in the brewery’s taproom starting June 6th. No distribution.
PIC: Beer Street Journal & Joel Kennedy, Marketing Manager of The Bruery.
The Bruery Guava Libre, a collaboration with Florida’s Funky Buddha, is coming later this year.
If you need to know just one thing about Funky Buddha, it would have to known their love of food inspired beers. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Moro Moro Blood Orange IPA, and Sweet Potato Casserole are prime examples. Teaming up with California based The Bruery, the duo has another food-inspired beer headed your way in the near future.
The Bruery Guava Libre is based on the Cuban dessert pastelitos de guayaba. The tempting dessert incorporates guava paste, cream cheese, powdered sugar and puff pastries.
Echoing the pastry, the breweries created an imperial cream ale brewed with guava, turned dessert-like thanks to milk sugar and vanilla beans.
This sensory getaway transports you to a corner bodega with our friends at Funky Buddha in South Florida to recreate the flavors you’d find in a “pastelito de guayaba.” Championing the big, bold flavors that both our breweries are known for, we brewed an imperial cream ale, adding lactose and vanilla to impart sweet, custard-like ribbons, and guava for filling its conceptual authenticity. It’s a collaboration that’s equal parts inspiration and admiration.
The Bruery Guava Libre will be available in 750 milliliter bottles around the same time fall seasonal Autumn Maple returns.
Oskar Blues She’Boogie Bop, a beer brewed entirely by women, debuts this month.
Oskar Blues brewer Diana Locatelli, brewers assistant Lauren Laquerre, along with Kristin Hubbard, and Sara Laurienti from the cellar created the beer. The base is a cream ale, serenaded by the sweet sounds of Prince, with vanilla beans and lavender added post fermentation.
“It’s pretty obvious that the production-side of brewing is male-dominated. I think ladies-only day was a rad way to celebrate being brew chicks. We had a lot of fun making SHE’Boogie Bop.” Using their collective beer prowess to rock the Lyons brewbarn, they created a beer that’s crisp and slightly sweet, with herbal notes from the lavender. – Diana Locatelli, Oskar Blues brewer
Oskar Blues She’Boogie Bop will be available on draft only starting March 13th at the brewery’s Colorado locations and restaurant locations.
Shiner Homespun Cream Ale is on deck from the oldest brewery in Texas. (Founded 1909 for the trivia buffs.)
The cream ale style has been part of U.S. brewing culture for going on a century now. While it’s called ale, it crosses a bit into the lager world as well. The pale/light ale is created using a warm fermentation (top or bottom fermenting yeast) and cold lagering. Some brewers will finish or condition it with lager yeast.
Shiner Homespun Cream Ale touts the use of wheat malt in the recipe to add a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Our Cream Ale is inspired by classic American recipes and homespun in Shiner, TX. It’s brewed with an extra helping of specialty wheat malt to give it a velvety smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Pale gold in color, Homespun is a sessional go-to brew with a crisp, refreshing finish. so pop one open and join us in celebrating American brewing tradition… with a dash of southern hospitality from Shiner, Texas.
Shiner Homespun Cream Ale will be a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering starting in September.
Style: Cream Ale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: September, 2016
Bridgeport Cream Ale joins the Portland, Oregon based brewery’s year-round lineup this month.
For a while now, BridgePort has been testing lighter beer recipes. The end result is the cream ale you see above, brewed tie Nugget, Mosaic and Meridian hops.
“In the recipe, we used three hop varietals including Nugget and Meridian. We then used Yakima Valley Mosaic hops, added in the hopjack to create notes of tropical fruit and sweet grape. Locally, this beer has been a big hit with our fans and we’re excited to see what everyone else thinks as well. Brewmaster Jeff Edgerton”
Bridgeport Cream Ale is available in 12 and 22 ounce bottles and draft. Nationally by June, 2016.
Style: Cream Ale
Hops: Nugget, Mosaic, Meridian
Malts: Great Western 2-row Palem Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats
Availability: 12oz, 22oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round
Debut: Late May, 2016
Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale looks to expand Small Town Brewery’s lineup in the near future.
The brewery is best known for Not Your Father’s Root Beer, an alcoholic root beer. Sales in 2015 of just the root beer closed in on $104 million.The next brand extension was Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, expected to be national in bottles in cans by February, 2016. Sales of the ginger beer have been very strong.
Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale could be the third entry into Small Town’s lineup. The alcoholic cream ale boast 4.1% alcohol by volume.
This is beer brewed with spices. We like to think of it as a refreshing creamy ale with Madagascar vanilla.
Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale is expected to be a 12 ounce bottle and can offering.
Style: Cream Ale (w/ Vanilla Beans)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Cans