Tis the season to be jolly…….and to get that jocularity a couple of beers would help…..
Lager…..Cooper Lager……Boston Lager…….
The problem is….these days every idiot with a few extra bucks wants to start up a “Micro-brewery”…..there is a flavor for everyone.
I admit it I truly enjoy a good beer……there are many types of beer…..Pilsners, Ales, Stouts….but of them all Lager is my favorite…..but for those not sure….what the Hell is a Lager?
Lager originates from the German word lagern which means ‘to store’ – it refers to the method of storing it for several months in near-freezing temperatures. Crisp and refreshing with a smooth finish from longer aging, lagers are the world’s most popular beer (this includes pilseners).
A lager, which can range from sweet to bitter and pale to black, is usually used to describe bottom-fermented brews of Dutch, German, and Czech styles. Most, however, are a pale to medium color, have high carbonation, and a medium to high hop flavor.
Don’t worry as a Christmas gift to my weekend readers I will give you a short history lesson (you knew I would have something to offer, right?)
Most of the popular brands here in the US Lagers are the most numerous….how did this come about?
America is a nation of beer drinkers, and that beer is lager. The fact that we call this “domestic” beer, even though it’s traditionally German and brewed worldwide, reinforces the idea that there is a typical American beer, and that beer is something that ends with the word “lite.” You can say that you’re not a fan of it but if you’ve ever worn a uniform, you’re part of the problem. Through beer rationing and buying power, the U.S. military had a major influence in making light lager America’s default beer.
This story starts with a failed revolution halfway around the world, but we’ll get to that in a minute. America was a country of immigrants who brought their beer traditions with them. In colonial America, those immigrants were mostly English, and they brewed ale. Today, ale is trendy, but for a colonist it was terrible beer. It’s thick and heavy, with high alcohol content. On the upside, it brewed in a couple of days, but it goes bad just as quickly. The warmer climate in much of America is poorly suited to ale, which explains the old saying: If you turn your back on ale, it will go bad. Anyone who could afford to buy imported ales and stouts from England did so, making it a luxury product. No wonder most Americans preferred ciders and whiskeys.
My grandfather had the perfect description of Lite Beer…..it is like making love in a canoe (f*cking near water)……give beer with a body or keep it to yourself.
There you go! My last Sunday post and I wish all a good day and shall we move onto the rest of the holiday season?
Shall we play?
Be well, Be safe…….