Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Athens
Available on draft and in 12-ounce cans
One of my favorites among Creature Comforts' original core brands, Reclaimed Rye has always taken a backseat to wildly popular Tropicalia and affable Athena Berliner Weisse. But after a three year wait, it’s finally been released in cans, which will certainly make it more widely available, and hopefully better appreciated.
A creative reimagining of the American amber ale style, it’s made with malted and flaked rye and aged on French oak, all of which makes for a subtly complex and easy-drinking beer. Look for spicy notes from the rye with a bready malt base and a touch of caramel and vanilla in the aroma and flavor.
Like most amber ales, Reclaimed Rye is exceedingly food-friendly, easily pairing with Tex-Mex, pub grub or even Asian dishes. But its spicy rye and wood-aged essence makes me want to match it up with deli favorites like a pumpernickel bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese or pastrami on rye with grainy mustard.
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