Blonde Ales, that is! Frequently found as a flagship offering of newly-hatched brewery start-ups or brewpubs, blonde ales are often overlooked by the serious craft beer drinker. At worst, they are a middling, homogenized quaff-er meant for thoughtless consumption. At best, they can be enticing sunny-day quenchers that shine in subtlety. Spring may be dragging its feet this year, but our beer coolers are brimming with freshly-brewed blonde ales just yearning for your loving embrace! Take a look at some of our France 44 favorites below:
This Belgian-Style beauty perfects the balance of quenching yeast-y citrus tang and a clean getaway. Mix up your weekly routine with a paddle break!
A delightfully crisp Rye Blonde Ale from our neighbors to the Northeast. Concentric Circles is brewed with the aid of Minnesota-grown rye from Far North Spirits in Hallock, MN. The rye is malted in-house at Able. The results? Impeccable.
Originally brewed for the Great Minnesota Get-Together. This refreshing blonde ale utilizes all Minnesota ingredients: Rahr malt, Mighty Axe hops (Cascade and Crystal), and fresh strawberries from the U of M. Toasty, graham cracker malt with hints of green tea, lemon, and strawberry. Time for a sip!
Summer is coming! Right? Breezy tropical aromas of fresh mangos. Subtle fruity sweetness on the palate finishes semi-dry, making for an easy afternoon companion.
Ommegang took their dangerously drinkable Gnomegang Blonde Ale and turned it up to 11. Primary fermentation is carried out by Chouffe yeast, followed by a secondary fermentation in the bottle with Brettanomyces. The luxurious, candied base beer develops complex barnyard funk with age. Drink it now or save it for later!
A sour blonde that was aged in a variety of barrels, before being blended with a fresh, young kettle sour. Brett, lactobacillus, and other microbiological critters contribute zingy tartness and underlying earthy funk. It pairs well with bright ideas.