Tuesday, April 9th, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Lagers


Consider the lager. Lagers are typically brewed at a low temperature to allow the yeast to reach its maximum flavor potential. The lower temperatures cause the lager to ferment at a much slower rate than ales. However, the results are a brew that is clearer than ales, which are brewed at higher temperatures. Lagers are brewed using the yeast called Saccharomyces uvarum. It does not rise to the top like the yeast used in ale but does end up at the bottom once fermentation is reached. This particular yeast does not sporulate as a result of being a more fragile yeast. Thus, making it perfect for lagers because of the cooler temperatures used for brewing. The more fragile type of yeast used in lagers contains less alcohol content. This is a result of not being able to thrive in the lower temperatures for as long as the ales. Consider lagers considered. Now let’s drink different types of lagers in our flight, Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Lagers.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Lagers

Uprise Mexican Lager

4.3% ABV

What are Mexican lagers? Some say their entire reason for existence is to lull the drinker into an 18-minute vacation. Others claim they were invented to soothe a grass-torn throat after mowing the lawn. Or, maybe even to serve as a crisp contradiction to the 10,000 Taco Tuesdays in Tacoma. It’s still common belief that Mexican-style lagers are simply Vienna-style lagers based on the preferences of early German expats in Mexico. But based on contemporary Mexican lagers, they vary widely in flavor, style, and appearance, and, therefore, so do the American-made Mexican-style lagers that pay homage to them. Uprise Brewing’s version is brewed with Pilsner malt, flaked maize, and rice for a crisp, easy drinking light lager.

Single Hill Shinrin-Yoku

4.5% ABV

Single Hill Brewing’s Japanese-style rice lager Shinrin-Yoku is pale, brilliant, and eminently drinkable. Named after the Japanese concept of “Forest Bathing” or spending time in and taking in the atmosphere of the forest, this beer is a good companion to your late season skiing or early season mountain biking and hiking.

Everybody’s Local Logger Lager

4.9% ABV

Everybody’s Brewing takes a traditional German approach to their lager, using only Saaz hops, and a finely tuned malt bill. It’s crisp, smooth, and clean with a light golden color with subtle floral notes and mild spice.

Fort George Scatter Plot

5.8% ABV

Fort George Brewery’s mathematical West Coast pilsner Scatter Plot charts various pilsner data points and variables to display the most flavorful and refreshing beverage possible. Bet you never had a pilsner expressed by Cartesian Coordinates in Euclidean space. Scatter Plot is a clean, clear, empirically balanced Pilsner with a dash of citrusy West Coast hops.

Structures Czech Dark Lager

5.3% ABV

Here comes the black sheep of Czechia’s beer culture. In the Czech Republic, what separates dark lagers from, say, pale lagers — like Pilsner Urquell — has to do with the beer body. Czech lager, both dark and pale, is characterized by a full body and high drinkability. Dark lagers’ grain bill comprises chiefly pilsner and Munich malts, with caramel malts coming in just behind and dark malts added in for color. The idea isn’t to make a roast-forward lager, but a richer, robust offshoot of the style. Structures Brewing’s version is crisp with roasted malt notes and highly crushable.

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