Beer Pick: Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye’d Ale
Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta
$3.99/22-ounce bottle at metro beverage stores; also on draft at select beer bars.
Profile: There’s a lot to like about Sweetwater’s new Crank Tank Rye’d Ale. Not only is it a really good beer, it was created for a really good cause — the annual charity bike ride for Camp Twin Lakes, a nonprofit oasis of fun and caring for kids with illnesses and disabilities.
Brewed with 25 percent rye malt, including caramelized rye, flaked rye and Munich rye, and dry-hopped with Mount Hood and Centennial hops, Rye’d has spicy citrus aromas and flavors, with bready and caramel notes. The name is a play on Sweetwater’s Dank Tank series of one-off experiments. But look for Rye’d to make an annual return this time of year to benefit Camp Twin Lakes.
Pair with: Rye’d would make a great pairing for corned beef on rye or a Reuben or patty melt. Try it with pizza or Whole Foods SweetWater 420 spent grain bread and some cheese.
Event: The fifth annual Spin for Kids fundraiser for Camp Twin Lakes cranks up Oct. 23- 24, and Sweetwater will be mounting its own team: www.spinforkids.org
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast: brewingnews.com/southernbrew