Brown and Cream Ales

Before pale malt production in the 1700s, most commercial beers were considered to be brown ales. While they have been a longstanding staple in the UK, we are seeing increasing popularity here in North America.  Most North American examples are full-bodied and dry on the palate with light to moderate bitterness and caramel notes. Cream ales are essentially another manifestation of mass-market lagers, but with slightly more bitterness and are often fruity. Don’t let the name fool you – they do not contain any dairy or lactose. Grizzly Paw’s Big Head Nut Brown tops this category.  A great example of an English Brown Ale, it is smooth with a sweet caramel body, mild hops and a gentle finish. Rheannon Green  


Grizzly Paw Big Head Nut Brown
Alberta, Canada
$6-8 (650mL) CSPC 797192







Wild Rose Barracks Brown Ale
Alberta, Canada
$16-19 (6-pack bottles) CSPC 766770 (2017)






Siding 14 Brakeman Brown Ale
Alberta, Canada
$16-19 (6-pack cans) CSPC 796107






Good Mood Cream Ale
Alberta, Canada
$16019 (6-pack cans) CSPC 804438






Something Brewing Gimme That Nutt Brown Ale
Alberta, Canada
$10-11 (4-pack cans) CSPC 766646 (2017) (2016)






Big Rock Traditional Ale
Alberta, Canada
$16-19 (6-pack cans) CSPC 903914 (2016)






Canmore Brewing Georgetown Brown Ale
Alberta, Canada
$16-19   (4-pack cans) CSPC 790029

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