Founders Red’s Rye P.A.
Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan
$9.99/six-pack; also available on draft at select beer bars.
Profile: The recent arrival of Founders in the Atlanta market has been greeted with excitement by beer lovers enamored of the Michigan brewery’s big, bold beers, such as Breakfast Stout. But the relatively more sessional Red’s Rye P.A. has been really a nice surprise. At 6.6% alcohol by volume, with a floral grapefruit aroma and a serious rush of hop bitterness, Red’s isn’t exactly wimpy. But the luscious caramel malt flavor creates a perfect balance, while rye malt adds a spicy note. The red color and creamy tan head complete the picture of an elegant and very drinkable American ale.
Pair with: The combo of bright hop and deep malt flavors make for a very food friendly beer. Red’s is a natural for spicy, complex foods, including Asian and Mexican, but it also would work well with sharp cheese, deli sandwiches, grilled meats and barbecue.