Parched The Pilot Mid-Strength Session IPA & Easy Rider Sparkling Ale

Parched Brewery

Two mid-strength beers designed to be easy-drinking thirst-quenchers. Let’s not waste time (or any more hyphens than necessary).

The Pilot pours a deep gold, almost rust colour that may look confronting to someone expecting a light beer. But get into it and you’ll find the right amount of sweet malt to hold up the citrusy bitterness, all in a tidy 3.8 percent ABV package.

Easy Rider is much closer to the quaffable lager many think of when they hear "mid-strength". I could talk about how though this beautifully bright beer is labelled as a sparkling ale, its roots are in the American style called cream ale; how when lagers were skyrocketing in popularity in the US in the second half of the 19th century (thanks to migrants from Germany), American brewers developed a crisp style of ale to compete with them; how the term "cream ale" doesn’t have anything to do with the ingredients of the beer, and was simply introduced as a marketing term to suggest these beers were better than lagers (think "cream of the crop" or "crème de la crème")…

Well, I did talk about it after all. No matter. A cream ale is a pale ale that sounds like a milky beer but drinks like a lager, and Easy Rider is a lovely example of the style.

Mick Wüst

Session IPA & Cream Ale
3.8% & 3.5%
Parched Brewery

8/391 Montague Road
West End
QLD 4101

0437 211 585
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