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My latest craft beer kick lately? Cream ales.

I’ve been searching bottle shops and tap lists near and far for cream ales that are crispy yet smooth, lingering yet light. I’ve found a few along the way and have decided to share them with you over the course of two Freakin’ Flights posts – those that are true to style and the others that are going off the deep end with adjuncts and flavors that are out of this world.

This Freakin’ Flights is going to pay homage to the style. Cream ales have a long history of being a light and refreshing beer that has ties to both an ale and a lager. It is heavier and more bitter than a light beer. I believe a cream ale is more bang for your buck than a macro or light beer because it has more taste and a higher ABV percentage.

In true Freakin’ Flight fashion, I’m aiming to create the best flight of cream ales from the state of Michigan. All of these brews were discovered on whim decisions to either visit the brewery or give their cream ale a try. Beers are in order based on lowest to highest ABV and include notes from Untappd and my personal notes.

Wunderbra├╝

Beard Brewery (Petoskey, MI) | 4.1%

“Crisp cream ale.”

Personal notes: Solid true-to-style cream ale. Gimme more!

Cream Ale

Hop Lot Brewing Co (Suttons Bay, MI) | 4.4%

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Personal notes: Light and malty with that classic cream ale lingering after taste.

Lighter Than Ale

Dimes Brewhouse (Dimondale, MI) | 5%

“Crisp refreshing cream ale with a nice light finish!”

Personal notes: One of the best cream ales I have ever had.

Grandpa Beer

Batch Brewing Company (Detroit, MI) | 5.3%

“A light golden ale with hints of maize and cereal in the aroma. Easy drinking with a welcoming dry finish.”

Personal notes: Light and crisp. Perfect for grandpa and anyone else looking for delicious cream ale.

DBR-Cream Ale

Looking Glass Brewing Co (DeWitt, MI) | 5.4%

“Light, easy drinking ale. Pairs up well with snacks and sports. Made with Michigan Crystal hops from West Michigan Hopyards.”

Personal notes: Haven’t had a cream ale like this in a long time. One of my favorites.

Did I miss one? Let me know in the comments!

Cheers!

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By Ed Norton

Edwin "Ed" Norton was first introduced to craft beer when his designated fraternity Big Brother Vince asked him if he knew anything about the topic. Ed admitted his ignorance and the rest is history as Ed and Vince would split six-packs of craft beers each week during Ed's probationary status. Ed is now a craft beer enthusiast who is always on the lookout for a beer he has not tried when bottle shopping or drinking at breweries and bars. In addition to drinking beer, this livelong Michigan resident enjoys a bunch of hobbies that he doubts you really care about, other than drinking beer and sounding off about it.

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