I’ve been steadily trying different beers from Real Ale Brewing Company (often referred to by beer geeks as RABC). So far, I’ve found they make great beer! In fact I’ve liked every beer I’ve tried from them, and hope to try more!
This brewery is right up there with America’s top craft breweries in their quality of beer. They make flavorful beers, often plentifully hopped, and even seem to be setting a few trends (like with their four-squared, a blonde ale ramped up with lots of extra hops and more malts).
Their Brewer’s Cut series has been interesting. The latest two are Altbier and Blonde Barleywine. I really like the Altbier, it’s plentifully malty with enough hops for balance, making a really enjoyable Altbier (not a style we see a lot of). The blonde barleywine is a strange one, but it’s quite enjoyable if you’re a barleywine drinker (don’t think it’s a blonde ale, it’s over 9%!). Kind of like a barleywine mixed with a blonde ale, but mostly it’s still a barleywine. I applaud them for trying new and different things!
Here are some other of their past Brewer’s Cut projects:
I particularly liked the Signature Hop Pale Ale, and the Imperial Red. I wish they’d just make the Signature Hop Pale Ale a regular offering, or at the very least, a seasonal. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
Value-wise I’ve found their beers to be spot-on. The prices are reasonable and the quality high. This is real American craft beer, not some Podunk bunch of amateurs.
Their annual anniversary party was quite large, and I appreciate the free beers I got from them! More importantly, I appreciate being able to get high quality, reasonably priced craft beer that’s made locally.
Stuff I’d like to see from them, should they be so inclined to brew it…
- Double IPA
- American Stout or Milk Stout (about 6% ABV)
- Sessionable “Bitter” or “ESB”
- Anything fruity
Anyway, don’t be afraid to try some RABC brews, they’re delicious!