There are as many varieties of pale ale as there are taste buds on a beer connoisseur’s tongue, unsurprising when you consider that the pale ale beer style has a recorded history dating back to the mid-17th century.
Delicious, light, and hoppy, pale ales from the British Empire proved popular in the colonies. Flash-forward a few centuries and in the mid-1970s, American brewers looked to commemorate the American Bicentennial by offering the first true American pale ales (APAs) using home-grown hops. Within a decade, APAs became an essential offering on any craft brewery’s menu.
Which brings us to Sacramento’s Brewery Scene
Concurrent with the rise of APAs, came the first appearance of craft breweries in the greater Sacramento area, pioneered in 1987 by the fabled Rubicon Brewery. A fixture in Sacramento until its closing in 2017, the Rubicon offered a menu of tasty and creative beers.
Fans mourned the absence of Rubicon's Monkey Knife Fight until Tower Brewing in East Sacramento reprised its original recipe both in homage to the early days of Sacramento breweries and to initiate a new era dedicated to unique and exceptional beers.
Monkey Knife Fight has a bit more malt character than many of its newer neighbors on the shelves. “It’s a well-balanced traditional pale ale with a pleasant malt character and aromas of pine and citrus,” says head brewer Evan Rosatelli. Instead of being hop-forward, it has balanced malt and hop characters; a refreshing beer, with a relatively low ABV at 5.6 % and 35 IBUs.
Monkey Knife Fight makes a splendid libation particularly with grilled chicken marinated in a sweet barbecue sauce due to the beer’s refreshing nature. Looking for a cheese to pair? A hard cheese such as a Manchego would complement the malt character and bring out more of the piney aromatic notes. The balanced malt and hop profile, light to medium body, and mellow finish make for versatile food pairings.
Tower Brewing is proud to present the best of Sacramento’s past and the most enjoyable brewery-going experience of the present.