Parkway Bridge Builder Blonde

So, in Charlottesville, they have this place called Beer Run. It has about 15 taps (I think?) and food, along with a full package store with lots of goodies that I couldn’t get in New Jersey. This brew hails from Salem, Virginia. I’ve never heard of it, honestly the only reason I ordered it was because I knew I had no shot of ever getting it again.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to a Roanoke blog, “The brewery’s Bridge Builder blonde and its Get Bent Mountain IPA will soon be available in 12-ounce bottles, said Keno Synder, who co-owns the brewery with his wife Lezlie Snyder. The Snyders anticipate that the bottles will be available at area Kroger stores in two to three weeks. The beer is bottled at the brewery on Kessler Mill Road in Salem. Up until now, Parkway’s brews were available only at the brewery’s tasting room, and at more than a dozen restaurants. Parkway is the second Roanoke-area brew available in stores. Roanoke Railhouse has been selling its beers in stores in 22-ounce bottles. The brewery is working with a mobile canning company to put its signature beer, Track One, in 16-ounce cans which will be sold in four-packs. You can read more about that in this Retail Roundup column from last month.”

Random: It’s already to the point in the summer that it is too hot for me.

This one poured with no real head. There was a crown of white on top, but that was it. The body was a hazy, medium yellow color with heavy carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose was light with some wheat, oranges and general crispness. The taste was really clean and crisp. I got some wheat with mandarin orange sweetness. I could totally see this as a summer seasonal. The body was medium thickness with high carbonation. It finish quick and clean with wheat. If this was readily available, I would definitely have this one again. It goes down way too easily and has decent flavor. If you see it, definitely try this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0