I got to try a 30A Beach Blonde from Grayton Brewing Company, a couple weeks ago in Gulf Shores, AL. Normally when I travel, I like to visit a local brewery and try a few beers. Then write something about the place and its brews. So like I always do, I pulled out my phone went to maps found Gulf Shores and then typed in brewery and scanned the results. There was only one brewery that came up called Big Beach Brewing and it’s not opening for another couple of months. Well damn. Big Beach looks pretty cool so I’ll have to go back and check them out (I guess if I have too, I’ll go drink good beer on the beach). If you want to learn more about them check out their Facebook page here. And be on the look-out for a post about Big Beach Brewing in the future, but for now back to the Beach Blonde…
Like I said I couldn’t go to a physical brewery while I was in Gulf Shores, so I did the next best thing and check out the local beer options on menus. While sitting on a sandy beach patio at a bar called the Pink Pony Pub (here is their website) I found a beer from Grayton Beer Company perfectly named 30A Beach Blonde. The beer is named after the scenic beach highway that stretches along Florida’s North West Coast, and probably some of the specific scenery as well (see label for explanation).
The brewery was founded in 2011, and the founder started making beers to compliment his local community (hence the 30A). The brewery has seen successful growth and has a variety of beers to keep you in stock for beach drinking all summer. Check out their website here. Make sure to read their ‘our story’ page, because whoever wrote the first paragraph should be writing travel guides. I wanted to pack my bags and head to the beach that moment. I will have to find time to check out Grayton, and of course the brewery.
On to the beer. I drank it from the bottle so I can’t speak on the color of the beer from my experience. The smell was soft and only a hint of malt sweetness. The taste was light and like the aroma had a hint of malt and a very mild fruit taste I couldn’t identify. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated well. That being said it is a very light beer, it is perfect as a beach drinking sessionable brew for all day. It’s not your super crafty complex dance of flavors and aroma, and that’s ok. For sitting on the beach and shucking oysters this is a great brew I would enjoy many of.
– Drink Up, SlyePup
P.S. The 30A Beach Blonde has just become available in cans. Even better for the beach.