According to the the company, Erie, Pennsylvania was an important railroad hub in the mid–nineteenth century because the city was the site where three sets of track gauges met. Railbender Ale is named after the laborers who laid the railroad tracks. Railbender is brewed with the "pride, strength and purity symbolic of Erie’s historic railroad’s and railroad workers." The company also says that Railbender's "smooth malt flavor and astonishing drinkability will have you Hopping on the train and riding off the rails. All Aboard!"
Here's those stats you all love:
Style: Scottish Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.8%
Degree's Plato: 16.5
Hop Bitterness IBU's: 26
2008 Bronze Award Winner Scottish Ale - The Great American Beer Festival (Denver, Colorado)
2009 Gold Award Winner Scottish Ale - The Great American Beer Festival (Denver, Colorado)
Among the food pairings that Erie Brewing Company suggests with Railbender are roasted meats or sausages. Try a Chorizo burrito made with our homemade Mexican Hot Sausage or Shredded Beef Enchiladas which feature our delicious slow cooked beef. Our weekend special Carne Picante offers delicious tender chucks of chuck roast. Other reviewers suggest grilled meats. Go for our chicken and steak fajitas or a char-grilled Mexican Burger.
Most reviewers agree that this is a pleasant, smooth, and drinkable beer. Stop over at the Franklin Inn and give it try. Let us know what you think of this one and how you rate it among the others we've featured recently.