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  1. Bill Hemphill
    May 11, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    I will admit to a prejudice against lagers. In addition to the perception issue, which I believe is very real, and production issues, lager yeast is designed to produce a cleaner tasting, smoother beer. In other words, less flavor. We have been force fed the attributes of lager yeast by the big 3 marketing campaigns for so long, that we associate those descriptors as something that we do not want in our beers.

    I will say that Full Sail Ltd is a great lager. I love this stuff. Also Sudwerk does some great tasting beers. However it’s always described as “Hey, this is pretty good…..for a lager.”


  2. JohnEFresh
    February 17, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    Wow – no mention of our local legend: Anchor Steam. That’s OK as it is often overlooked and considered an ale. It is clearly world class.

    Great post and I agree with Chris about the lack of respect for low-alcoholic beer. In the Bay Area, we have Magnolia brewing loads of wonderful low-alcoholic bitters and Berkeleys Triple Rock Single Hop Experience. There is also Winter Pils on tap (5%) as I type this. Phenomenal!

    Back to the subject – A lager known as Augsburger brewed by Joseph Huber in Wisconson was THE beer that really got me interested. But Strohs Brewing bought them and that was the end of that. Then Samuel Adams came along…

    Lagers may not be very popular among the sea of offerings these days – but come warmer weather, they get the nod here.


  3. Chris
    February 17, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    Not sure I agree that there’s some widespread perception about Ale = good, lager = bad. I think the craft beer scene today is sophisticated enough to know there are good beers in both categories. (Oktoberfests and Baltic Porters are both well respected, and purchased.) You’re right that ales dominate the scene, but that’s a production issue (ales are quicker to make, as you point out, and so there’s usually more on tap), not so much a consumer preference issue. A bigger problem is respect for lower alcohol beers.


  4. Brian
    February 17, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Well done, you’re preaching to the choir! I just wrote an article of similar pretense yesterday but from a homebewer presepective. Drop me a line if you’re interested in taking a look at it.




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