In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit that I was really just going for the party. While I am a beer gal, I’m not exactly a pale ale fan. Or a fan of anything spicy. So, considering this was the debut of a pale ale inspired by Cackalacky’s spice sauce, I was a bit more enticed by free kazoos galore (in honor of National Kazoo Day, of course), a Food Truck Rodeo down the street and live music inside Fullsteam’s funky industrial brewery.
Nobody shows up for a party without acknowledging its guest of honor though, so I ordered myself a Ginger Pale Ale. The ginger managed to cut much of the hoppy bitterness I usually dislike most about pale ales; but, at the same time, the deep, dark pale ale flavor keeps the spicy ginger from being too sweet. To my relief, there was more of a subtle ginger kick than anything hot sauce-worthy.
In fact, I ordered another, and am currently reconsidering aforementioned declarations against pale ales and spicy flavors. To cap it off, half of yesterday’s profits from the Ginger Pale Ale benefited Funds To Farms.
The Ginger Pale Ale will only be on draft at Fullsteam for the foreseeable future, but there are hopes of expansion later this year.