Blond Melon by Rockingham Brewing Co

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Blond Melon_smlWe should live by a simple set of rules…
Try to be nice to each other, help out when you can, keep opinions that could start an argument to yourself, eat good food and drink good beer. About the last one; I try to make it a practice not to drink strange brews like cucumber stout, jalapeno porter or even sour or fruity beers. That being said, today I make an exception since this one is worth it. So, today we look at one of these styles from our friends at Rockingham.
Rockingham Brewing Company is a new 10 barrel nano brewery with one aim in mind: to brew the best beer they know how to keep their customers coming back for more. Now distributed by Craft Beer Guild, they know where they are headed and have definite plans of succeeding. Open a little over 18 months, Rockingham has already carved a niche with several of its favored offerings, most notably, Belly of the Beast Bacon-Flavored Stout. But they have a bunch of other notable flavors to savor in 22 oz bottles; Rockingham Ale, Javelina IPA, Remy’s Rye, Gourdy Pumpkin Ale and Curly’s Gold. Located in Derry, NH, their tap room is open almost every day and is definitely worth a trip to talk to these delightful people.
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Blond Melon is a surprisingly delicious tasting pale ale made with cantaloupe and honey. With a medium golden hue, slightly off white head, good lacing which hangs around for quite awhile, Melon will present a touch of fruit to the nose at your first approach. The fruit additive begins like watermelon or cantaloupe but by the third taste, you won’t notice anything more than a very satisfying ale. Smoothness of both malt backbone and balance of honey makes the beverage quite enjoyable.
At 5.3 ABV, Rockingham has created a wonderful summer quencher. Just like their other terrific tasting beers, you should make it a point to try them all. There isn’t a bad one in the bunch.
Find them at Case-n-Keg in Meredith and Laconia as well as other fine beer providers. samplers scored Blond Melon between 3.2 and 4 out of a score of 5. Remember, this is a seasonal so grab one fast!

Jim MacMillan is the owner of WonByOne Design of Meredith, NH, and is an avid imbiber of craft brews and a home brewer as well. Send him your recommendations and brew news to