Here’s a bit of good news for local beer lovers and Royals fans looking for last-minute holiday gifts: Bottles of Boulevard’s Crown Town Ale roll in to liquor stores starting Tuesday.
Last month, Boulevard announced that it was toasting the hometown team’s epic World Series win with a fresh batch of the limited release golden blonde ale, which was first brewed after the 2014 World Series.
Crown Town Ale is brewed with pale, Munich and honey malts and gets citrusy aroma and flavor from dried orange peel and several varieties of hops, including Lemondrop, Saphir and Northern Brewer.
We opened a sample bottle on Monday afternoon. The golden brew has a crown of creamy white foam and a light, zesty flavor that appeals to a wide range of beer drinkers, including lager lovers.
Crown Town Ale got a thumbs-up rating from everyone who tried it — even a dark beer lover who typically sticks to porters and stouts.
Lightweights beware: The beer is 6.2 percent alcohol by volume, so even small glasses pack a punch. And according to Boulevard, Crown Town Ale is best when it’s fresh, so if you get your hands on a 750-milliliter bottle, don’t wait 30 years to pop the top. Or even three months.
Because of copyright rules, there’s no mention of the Royals or the World Series on Crown Town Ale’s bottle. But the back label does pay homage to the team.
“October of 2015 will forever be remembered in Kansas City as a time when the entire community united in support of our hometown team,” the label reads. “Crown Town Ale is our toast to their inspiring journey and the remarkable achievements of our boys in blue; a golden blonde ale with bright citrus notes and just a hint of bitterness.”
Crown Town Ale is also available on tap at bars in Kansas City starting Monday. The beer will also be distributed in these cities:
Missouri: Columbia, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Springfield, St. Joseph
Kansas: Lawrence, Salina, Topeka, Wichita
Iowa: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City
Nebraska: Lincoln, Omaha