An Oral trip to Cream City
I had the good fortune to visit the Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee a few years back, and I have been a casual supporter of theirs ever since. It’s a great tour if you’re in “the Good Land” (and trying to kick a nasty hangover from Summerfest). Unfortunately, Lakefront brews are hard to find in the DC area, so I usually pick some up when I am traveling. I cannot say where in case the man is reading this, but it’s a place that rhymes with brew dork witty. I hear Philly liquor merchants carry them as well. Anyways, on to the beer…
I had not had Lakefront’s Cream City pale ale, and since it is non-seasonal brew, I thought it about time. The beer is named after the cream-colored breaks used to build Milwaukee. I am not here to give you a history lesson so if you want to hear anymore about the minutia of 19th century Midwest Masonry, visit a guild (bring beer). Cream City pale ale is somewhat aptly named as upon first pour it looks creamy as you get plenty of frothy white head. I definitely picked up on the citrus flavors including the grapefruit. This aspect of the beer reminded me a lot of Bell’s two-hearted IPA, but not as complex and floral. The sweet malts take a back seat to the hops which are most noticeable during the crisp bitter finish of each sip. This is I guess good for a pale ale. I wanted more and more until all I had left was backwash and head. Cream City is good starter beer in this respect. All in all, due the lack of flair and binge-enabling drinkability, cream city reminded more of an english pale ale than an American pale ale. So if you get a chance, try it, but I wouldn’t go out my way to transport it across state lines. Leave that stuff to Burt Reyolds and Jerry Reed. Those guys could use the work these days.