Cream Ale, Newburgh Brewing Company

Finally, a long overdue tribute to my hometown brewery. Since I started contributing to Beersighted a few months ago, I have been planning on writing this review. It’s not that the beer isn’t good, or that I don’t want to promote the newest member of the Hudson Valley craft beer scene, I think it’s just because I’ve been lazy. I’d rather throw back a few pints of Newburgh at their gorgeous 4th floor taproom overlooking the river than to get a growler and sit in my living room typing this up. Bring my laptop there maybe? No way. They’ve got indoor cornhole and ping pong. Wednesday night is trivia night, and on the weekends they have live music. Who can concentrate on work when theres so much to do to entertain yourself? Not me, that’s for sure!

Wait, there’s a brewery in Newburgh? That is correct. The brewery first started distributing April 19, 2012, and opened their taproom a few months later. If you’ve never visited, I strongly suggest you change that very soon. They offer several choices including cream, brown, bitter English, smoked porter, IPA, saison, gose, and recently created strong Belgian (10.2% abv, yikes!!). With the exception of the IPA (7.1% abv) and the Belgian, all of their beers come in between 3.4% abv and 4.2% abv. Why such a low abv you might ask? Well, Newburgh prides their creations on being “sessionable”. This meaning you can enjoy multiple pints without going over the edge. Low abv, still big taste. Now, on to the beer…

Tonight, I have sitting before me, a nice frosty pint (or 2) of Newburgh Cream Ale. Weighing it at 4.2% abv, this is ridiculously flavorful for such a light beer. It has a slightly bitter start that leads into a smooth, and as the name suggests, creamy finish. There is nothing fancy here. No fruity aromas or aftertastes, minimal hoppiness. This is just a clean tasting, hard to put down beverage. Newburgh’s brewmaster Christopher Basso, in a recent interview with “The Session Beer Project” blog clearly described what his visions are. (Keep in mind this is my paraphrasing) He was sick of beers having to be super high in abv and include rare, random, and multiple flavors and additives to be considered a high-end craft beer. In his time brewing for Brooklyn Brewery, he always thought you could brew a simple, low abv session beer and put it on a pedestal. And did he ever hit the mark with this one. The beer is simple. It includes mostly locally grown ingredients. It’s delicious. What more could you ask for?

Final Rating –  (4 Pints)


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