Cranberry Blonde Ale
Origin: Langley, BC
Style: Cranberry Blonde Ale
Hops: Mandarina Bavaria
The creators of Camp Beer Co. set out to create a relaxed meeting spot in the Fraser Valley, but one with tasty craft beers to make that meeting all the more desirable. Camp puts a lot of value on their community and encourages local artists to perform music, bring art, and otherwise enjoy the space in good company with the people who make the area their home. Their brewing sensibilities lean toward the adventurous - plenty of twists on classic styles and collaborations with other brewers gives Camp Beer Co. a fascinating history of beers they’ve released and something interesting for every beer drinker in their taproom. The Crimson Crush is not a super-villain despite what the name implies. Instead you’ll find a mild fruited Blonde Ale that brings all the pleasant aspects of cranberries without being too sour or lacking in balance. Serves well at 8°C and can cellar for up to six months.
Pours the colour of pink lemonade with a cloudy body and low carbonation. A thin head of small bubbles tinted pink rests on the top of the glass.
While the combination of Cranberries and snappy sour yeast are basically all you can smell, it isn’t overpowering or cloying, but quite pleasant.
The cranberries don’t come on too strong, but give a lot of room for the sour blond ale base to fill the palate. Overall this is a mild, pleasant fruited beer with a balanced base that has a touch of toasted grain and a slightly dry feel in the mouth. If you’re not a fan of fruit at all, it might be wise to pass this by, but if you’re open to it, this is a pleasant, refreshing beer.
About the only thing that would make sense is to break out the cheese board. Chèvre and Feta are both good pairings to the cranberries.