By David Diehl of FLX Words
If designating a certain style of beer to the Greater Rochester Area, the go-to would be the cream ale. Uniquely, Rising Storm Brewing Co., established in Avon in 2018, has created a whole series around the style.
This week’s Brewing in the FLX featured craft beverage is Rising Storm’s Coconut C.a.R.E.A.M. Pie Ale, with C.a.R.E.A.M. standing for “Cream Ale Rules Everything Around Me.” The name is also a reference to the Wu-Tang Clan’s 90s anthem with C.R.E.A.M. standing for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.”
Rising Storm’s cleverly-named craft beer is part of a cream ale series of beers that the brewery has been producing, according to Bill Blake, General Manager of Rising Storm Brewing Company.
“Not only did we do the coconut, but we have been focusing on different pie flavors,” he says. “Going forward from the Banana Cream Pie that we made a few weeks ago, in this installment we highlighted coconut.”
“This beer consists of raw coconut, toasted coconut, and vanilla wafers to give the crust element,” Blake continues. “From the brewer’s perspective, a cream ale differentiates from a regular ale based on the yeast that is used. It’s still an ale strain of yeast, but with the addition of oats, wheat, and the specific yeast to give the beer its creamy mouthfeel.”
Blake also explained that the cream ale, contrary to what is often thought, doesn’t necessarily have any cream added to it.
“It’s more about the mouthfeel and the creamy nature of the beer due to its ingredients,” he said.
With the success of their cream ale series, there will be more to come from this brewery.
Unwavering demand for certain flavors motivates brewers to satisfy certain trends. Those trends can create a recurring patronage that any company strives for.
At Rising Storm, they have found success with their Hazy IPAs and Sours. Now adding this cream ale series will continue to grow their audience.
Go and get this in cans at the tap room, as well as on draught and in flights.
Rising Storm Brewing Company. 5750 S Lima Rd, Avon. 14414. Phone: (585)572-3009. risingstormbrewing.com/
It was always a goal for David Diehl to return to the Finger Lakes and make an imprint on the beer culture of the region. A Hobart & William Smith Colleges graduate, Diehl spent over a decade in Brooklyn and is excited to be back and taking on Finger Lakes craft beer reviews and commentaries for EdibleFingerLakes.com. He has also been published in Inked Magazine, YRB Magazine, Nerve.com, and The Finger Lakes Times. You can follow his work at FLXWORDS.com.