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Beer Pick: Sweetwater Crank Tank Rye’d Ale

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.

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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

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FairwayOaks

September 22nd, 2010
4:31 pm

To continue with the price debate, I purchased a couple for 3.99. Found the beer to be very good, but very little head. For me personally, 3.99 seems to be about the right price for what you are getting.

btownsend

September 22nd, 2010
7:27 pm

Turns out, $3.99 IS the suggested price. Crank Tank is not Dank Tank.