Town & Country Blonde Ale from Dominion City Brewing Company in Ottawa, Ontario pours a clear golden colour and has a small white head that dissipates in a hurry, leaving a stringy collar behind. The American-style ale smells of fresh barley, with a light floral or perfume note, one of dry apricot and a honey-like sweetness that has a bit of a maple edge. I also got a faint vegetal whiff that reminded me of green peas.
The taste of Town & Country Blonde Ale is fairly sweet and carries the same apricot/stone fruit character as the smell. The grainy body is fantastic and fresh tasting, while restrained hopping lends a grassy bitterness and soft lemon pith tone to the finish. The aftertaste is quite clean, with some residual grain flavours. A medium body and mild carbonation level make this ale feel hearty, yet easygoing.
Dominion City Brewing Company growlers and “grumblers” are adorned with the brewery’s three leaf “Pearson Pennant” logo on the front and a brief description of the brewery on the back. The specific branding of Town & Country Blonde Ale is mustard yellow in colour and a card describing the beer is strung around the neck of the bottle. It might sound pointless, but I found the branded, colour-coded sealing stickers to be a nice touch.
Town & Country Blonde Ale reminds me of working the late summer crop harvest on my uncle’s dairy farm, likely because it’s made with fresh, locally-harvested ingredients. It has an extra bit of “oomph” compared to most blonde ales, making for a satisfying drink on its own or a great accompaniment to charcuterie, creamy cheeses, light breads, poultry and fresh summer vegetables.
Dominion City Brewing Company is currently open for a few hours every Saturday, though plans to open on additional days are in place as they ramp up production. You can also find their beers on tap at select licensees around Ottawa or have them delivered to your door via Brew Donkey.
Type: American Blonde Ale
Region: Ontario, Ottawa
Brewery: Dominion City Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 750 ml
Price: $9.50 (including $4 deposit)
Alcohol Content: 5.5%