Richard Romanko of East Pittsburgh, PA, member of the Three Rivers Underground Brewers, won a silver medal in Category #1: Pale American Beer with a Cream Ale during the 2019 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Providence, RI. Romanko’s Cream Ale was chosen as the runner-up entry among 330 entries in the category. Read More
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This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!
Recipe courtesy of the Aspen Ridge Brew Crew.Read More
Family Vacation was originally brewed to quench the thirst of locals coming back from a day of skiing and was inspired by a wildly popular Midwestern brewed cream ale. Over the past 5 years, Roadhouse Brewing C. has taken the liberty of adjusting the recipe to ensure it's always crushable!
This homebrew recipe is featured in 51 Craft Beer Clone Recipes 2019. Find out what recipe was featured for your state!Read More
Kevin Nanzer of Sacramento, CA won a bronze medal in Category 1: Pale American Lager during the 2018 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Portland, OR. Nanzer’s cream ale earned 3rd place among 315 entries in the category.Read More
American cream ale is a great beer style for those just getting their feet wet in tasting craft beer.
With faint malt notes and little to no hop aroma, it is similar to the ubiquitous American light lager. Like most ales, we'll ferment this between 65° F and 70° F for a crisp, light-bodied beer. Though cream ale is considered an ale by style guidelines, it is not uncommon to use lager yeast in brewing this style. This particular recipe is known to have a slightly more elevated hop flavor than traditional cream ales, with some fruitiness and sweet corn notes.
This recipe was created and brewed by Chris "Pacman" Ingermann of BrewRats homebrew club in Muncie, Ind. It took home a gold medal in the 2002 National Homebrew Competition and was featured in the September/October issue of Zymurgy shortly thereafter.Read More
Thomas Wallace of Stanardsville, VA, member of the Charlottesville Area Masters of Real Ale (CAMRA), won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2015 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Wallace’s Light Hybrid Beer was chosen as the best among 331 final round entries in the category.Read More
This recipe by Rick Debar of the Barrel House Brewing Company and Ray Snyder of the Bloatarian Brewing League is from the May/June 2008 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Bosmo’s Imperial Cream Ale was developed as a joint project between the homebrewers and the professional brewers of Greater Cincinnati. The name is in honor of the Bloatarian Brewing League’s iconic mascot, Bosmo; but the style is a tribute to the long history of excellent relationships between the homebrewing community and the professional brewers of the area. Cream ale was chosen as the base style, because it was popularized in Cincinnati. Some people think ale brewers created cream ale to compete with the new lager beers in the latter part of the 19th century. Others believe the German brewmasters in America simply applied their experience with German ales to create cream ale. Either way we’re sure you will enjoy it!Read More
Nishan Derbabian of Murfreesboro, TN, member of the Mid-State Brew Crew, won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2011 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Derbabian’s Light Hybrid Beer was chosen as the best among 272 final round entries in the category.Read More
David Anderson of Northglenn, CO, member of the Hop Barley & the Alers, won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2008 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Cincinnati, OH. Anderson’s Light Hybrid Beer was chosen as the best among 248 final round entries in the category and helped earn the 2008 NHC Homebrewer of the Year title.Read More
Ted Hausotter of Baker City, OR, member of the Strange Brew Homebrew Club, won a gold medal in Category #6: Light Hybrid Beer during the 2006 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Orlando, FL. Hausotter’s Light Hybrid Beer was chosen as the best among 184 final round entries in the category.Read More