​Brew Review: ​Do Consumers Understand Cream Ales Anymore?

Just a quick look at the tap list names and you’ll see that Seedstock prefers things pretty straightforward. 

“It is why we rarely name our beers — we want customers to understand what they are drinking and let the beer speak for itself,” said Seedstock co-founder Ron Abbott. “Besides, we’re probably not creative enough to come up with cool beer names.”

Seedstock ​did team up with Launch Pad Brewery ​to release​ Crops Circle II​ in late August​​, a Cream Ale that by chance does have a name attached to it.​​ ​Seedstock’s background is all about bringing classic styles back to life. ​Something like a Cream Ale should be celebrated, Abbott indicated, even though some places may tout the latest iterations where lactose in a beer gives its creaminess, which could be confusing to a neophyte craft beer drinker in the difference between Cream Ales and other styles that are creamy.

“Cream Ales are definitely misunderstood and everyone does expect a beer light in color,” Abbott said. “Since Cream Ales are a quintessential “back-to-basics” type of beer – the type of beers that Seedstock really enjoys brewing – our staff is able to naturally discuss the Cream Ale with our customers.

“Just because something is old doesn’t mean it is boring or bad. Brewing these types of beers is in our DNA – literally – as many generations back our ancestors were brewing older Eastern European beers.​”

Abbott said brewing and selling classic beers ​give a brewery great stories​ to tell.

“Why did people drink it, who drank it, why were certain ingredients used​,” he explained. “We are proud to play a small part in keeping these amazing beers alive​.​ 

​”​Over the years, we’ve brewed a ​Horner, ​Fredersdorfer, ​Broyhan, ​Polotmavy, ​Gruit, and other beers that are extremely difficult to find in the US​ — ​or sometimes don’t even exist ​[here].”

​Brewed with ​Lager yeast at ​Ale temperatures and a healthy addition of Colorado wildflower honey​, Crops Circle (6.3% ABV) has been touted as a ​’​truly such a great warm weather beer​,’ by the breweries.​​

“We have known the folks from Launch Pad for several years,” Abbott said. “In fact, I think we’ve been drinking at their taproom before Seedstock opened. Their beers are delicious, and they are great people.”

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