Erie Brewing Company was founded in October, 1993 with it’s original location as the Union Station/Hoppers Brew Pub. In 1999 they transitioned from a Brewpub to a full fledged brewery, and moved from Union Station to their current facility. Today Erie brews a dozen year-round and seasonal beers, offering something for everyone. One of their mainstays is a Black Cherry Cream Ale named “Derailed.”
The beer pours a golden apricot color with rose highlights. The thin white head shows average retention. Once the head dissipates a small amount of lacing remains mainly in a ring around the sides of the glass.
The nose offers up bready notes alongside caramel malts. There is definitely a notable black cherry aroma that holds up against the bready and malty notes. There is a slightly grassy note is detectable as well.
On the palate you will find luscious black cherry flavors. Bready and yeasty notes, as well as malty notes help to provide a great contrast to the fruit. The creamy mouthfeel adds to overall appeal of the beer. Unlike most fruit beers this one is neither too sweet nor too tart.
A balanced brew and easy drinking from the folks at Erie. Try pairing this one with Gouda, braised pork with cherries or black forest cheesecake.
Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out Of 5 Pints
Located in Cherry Hill, Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Company was founded by Jamie Queli in 2014. Queli, a beer enthusiast and home-brewer left a career in investment banking to launch her dream brewery. Growing up at the Jersey shore, her memories inspire Forgotten Boardwalk’s theme, including this cream ale appropriately named Funnel Cake.
The beer pours a slightly hazy golden honey color. The one and a half finger fluffy white head shows some retention. Once it dissipates, a light lacing is left behind.
The nose offers doughy/bready aromas, along with a sweet sugary note that definitely conjures images of powdered sugar. Creamy notes of vanilla are also noticeable and offer an additional layer of excitement.
The palate echoes the nose seamlessly. A sweet doughy/bready flavor is front and center. A toasted grainy cereal note follows. A sweet creamy sweetness from the lactose is evident, and once again makes you think of powdered sugar. Vanilla flavors are notable throughout and the creamy mouthfeel of the beer makes it very enjoyable! All the flavors come together, and certainly remind you of funnel cake!
The Forgotten Boardwalk Funnel Cake Cream Ale is a great beer that pays homage to NJ Boardwalks. While the taste of funnel cake is discernible, it isn’t dominating or unpleasant. Try pairing this one with Monterrey Jack, grilled chicken or an apricot tart.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints