One of the hottest trends that has hit the world of craft beer in 2019 has definitely been the growth of craft lagers.
So, what is a craft lager and how do they differentiate from the lagers that most of us are probably familiar with?
At its essence, a lager beer is a beer that is brewed using a different technique than ales, which are the more popular craft beer option. Instead of using yeasts that work via top fermentation, which occurs at warm temperatures, lagers are brewed using bottom fermentation at low temperatures.
This process results in a smooth, crisp, and clear beer. Instead of being big and flavor-forward like ales such as IPAs and stouts, they are simpler and more refreshing.
Craft lagers have started to encroach on the territory of more traditional lagers such as Budweiser and Coors.
Now, tons of craft breweries throughout the world have started to put their twist on this classic beer option. Here are some that you should check out.
- Hi-Wire Lager: This North Carolina beer combines the sweetness of pilsner malt with floral hops.
- Rheingeist Brewery Cheetah: Love American-style lagers that are heavy on corn and carbonation? Check out this refreshing lager from Rheingeist.
- Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils: Straight out of Colorado comes this fantastic pilsner lager. Its straw color and creamy texture makes it perfect for warm weather.