December 10, 2012

National Lager Day

"Oh, lager beer! It makes good cheer, and proves a poor man's worth; It cools the body through and through, and regulates the health." - Anonymous

It's National Lager Day!

Lager and ale are two of the most popular styles of beer globally. But what's the difference? Ales are brewed with top-fermenting yeast. They age quickly in warm temperatures. Lagers (which is German for "storage") are lightly hopped and brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast. They age slower and require cooler temperatures. For those of you non-beer-inclined-folks, it may seem trivial, but those differences are where all the flavor and aroma are created.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Now... what do Bud, Miller, and Coors all have in common?

They're all lagers.

Unfortunately, as a result there are many Amur-KAH'ns who associate tasteless, cheap, sex-in-a-canoe beer with the lager style. Don't let these adjunct macro lagers negatively influence the entire "genre" for you. There are plenty of other options available to celebrate today with: like pilsners, bocks, and dunkels for example!

I found something called "Portland Lager" by Bull Jagger Brewing Company based out of Portland, ME. And since that's my favorite city in the world, I HAD to celebrate with this particular beer. While taking a bath, that is.

Oh, c'mon, like you don't drink in the bathroom, too!

Happy National Lager Day!