Drinking It All is a document of my attempt to try every beer in circulation. It’s a Herculean and tragic attempt at best. But it’s the means, not the end that counts here.
So I’m finally finishing up with the beers I’d saved up to post about. This is the last one. I don’t have the bottle in the picture, like I usually do, because the label came off the beer at some point, and you’d just be seeing a plain brown bottle–not that informative. But I do remember what beer it is based on the bottle cap. This is the Red Brick Blonde Ale from Atlanta Brewing Co.
This Blonde ale does what most blonde ales that I’ve had do best: taste and look almost exactly like a lager. It’s very light in color, and the taste is mild, to put it mildly. It does have more taste than, say, a big American domestic lager but not quite as much as a beer like Pilsner Urqell or Sam Adams’ seasonal Noble Pils. Actually, now that I think of it, this beer reminds me a lot of the Noble Pils. Except that you don’t get much hops in the Blonde Ale. So, it’s on the right track. The malt taste is pretty mild as well. These kinds of beers serve as good introductions to craft beer for people used to drinking only the big domestics. Blonde ales are also good first beers for homebrewers to make (it was actually the first beer I made).
Blonde ales, as a type of craft beer, are interesting to me in that they’re easy beers to drink because of the mild flavor, which puts them in good company with the big domestics. But they also are made with more attention to detail and care than most domestics, so they usually are more expensive and a sixpack should last more than a couple of days. In other words, you won’t fill up an ice chest of them to go to a crawfish boil (unless you just have shitloads of money (or more money than me anyway)) because of the cost, but they are often appealing because they bridge that gap between the domestics and craft beers. It seems like their tenure on a person’s favorite beer list is limited at best. So I find it unlikely that many people would be really into this type of beer, not because they’re not good, but because they’re so simple.
But blonde ales are what they are. This Redbrick Blonde is a good all-around example of what a blonde ale should be. It’s easy to drink because of the mild taste, but it’s got just a little more to it than the domestics, which should get the drinker interested in what else is out there.
Obviously, there are probably countless people out there who like various types of beer and still like blonde ales even though they’re so mild. I do not mean to talk shit about or demean the importance or intricacies of this beer. So tell me about some other blondes that prove me wrong.
Thumbs up or thumbs down? Overall–up. But it’s not a beer I’ll be likely to get again. Unless I win the lottery and tire of drinking High Life while I’m on the riding lawnmower.