Origin: Marquette, MI
Style: Cream Ale
Not everyone has the gumption to take their severance pay and put it into a basement brewing system. But David and Andy of Blackrocks Brewery saw it as a sign from the universe - it was time to answer the call their hobby had started. Opening a nano-brewery (with an itty-bitty 1 barrel brewing system) was meant to be a feeler until the locals took a liking to their brew. Interest soared, and now Blackrocks keeps three year-round and a pack of seasonal beers on the slate. The duo also recently jumped into barrel ageing their beers. Now they’ve got 20 BBL under the belts and the team to make their beer bust out and cross the U.S. and up into Canada. Grand Rabbits is a smooth, clean Cream Ale that will warm up your palate and tummy alike. Dry-hopped on the back end of the brew, it has a more dynamic flavour than the typical Cream Ale. Serves well at 8°C and can stay in the fridge for up to a year.
Pours a light straw colour with a slightly murky body and low carbonation. A thin layer of tiny bubbles makes up the head.
A sweet cereal grain malt, like a bowl of honey-nut Cheerios, leads the nose. Around the edges, you can pick up the slightly sweet and sour mix of lemon flesh and zest. A touch of herbal hops floats off the top.
Smooth and slightly buttery - like a quality biscuit - complemented by a laid back combination of melon, citrus zest, and sweet herbs. The flavour takes a twist as it warms on the tongue, bringing in a sharp, herbal hop kick. The mouthfeel starts off with an acidic quality but shifts down into a smoother finish with a slightly zesty aftertaste. An easy drinker with a bit of hidden character.
The brewer themselves recommend digging into a Corndog while sipping on this brew.