Dan opens Collab Button Brew, a brown ale/cider blend from Rare Form Brewing Company, as his seventh beer from the NYS Craft Beer Box.
STYLE: Brown Ale/Cider Blend with cranberries and cinnamon
AVAILABILITY: 16-Ounce cans (Limited)
Stats above taken from the brewery’s can and Untappd.
Deep brown in color with off-white almost tan head.
Festive, holiday smell with the cinnamon and cranberry leading off with a hint of roastiness from the brown ale portion.
Super-intriguing, with both parts of the blend expressing their flavor profiles before the fruit and spice come into overlap. The cranberries persist for a long time on the finish.
Similar to a brown ale in weight, with the cider and tartness from the cranberries offsetting a bit.
A fascinating blend to be sure…I am super glad I got to try this, though your mileage may vary if you do not like cranberry. Pairing-wise, I wanted a Gobbler Sandwich aka Thanksgiving Leftovers of turkey, cranberry, etc., though I could see this as a pre-Thanksgiving aperitif of sorts.
Cheers and remember:
Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.