We’re pleased to roll out our now second annual month-long event cutting loose our seasonal taps to the age-old tradition of lager brewing with particular inspiration coming from classic, old world German styles as well as modern, experimental twists that we’ve come to be known for.
We did not come to this decision lightly. With the twin levers of time and temperature, the craft brewing industry has been powered by the nimble, watch-setting predictability of the American ale strain. We’re able to bring a product from grain to glass in just weeks instead of months. And with a smorgasbord of malts and hops from nigh every corner of the developed Earth, there has never been a more creative, innovative time to be a brewer in America. It is these factors that have allowed us to grow our business individually, and enjoy double-digit growth as an industry.
You might be asking yourself then, so why lagers? It may seem quaint and anachronistic, a throwback to bygone days. But we have a deep love and appreciation for the lager brewing tradition and the time and patience it takes to develop these beers correctly. We began brewing nine lagers back in January so that they could have the dedicated time they needed to “lager” properly. Because German lagers are malt-centric and two-thirds of the beers we brewed come from this tradition, it was a no-brainer to order pilsner, munich and vienna malts from the Weyermann Malting Company in Bamberg, Germany. With the exception of the IPL and Imperial Pilsner, we showcased hops from the old-world as well so noble, spicier hops would dominate the palate.
This dedicated nod to tradition has not left us without a few new-world innovations! As American brewers we can respect tradition and we can re-make it as well, pulling and sifting from the great brewing traditions of the world. With our Sunflower Lager, we used one-third malted sunflower seeds from the Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa, Colorado atop a bed of premium pilsner malt, for a light, nutty flavor explosion. In an interesting nod to the IPA style, we brewed an IP-L with lager yeast and German malts that showcases new-school, aromatic hops from Germany: Mandarina Bavaria, Hallertau Blanc and Saphir. Because we love the English cask tradition, we’re not missing an opportunity to also tap a cask lager! The naturally carbonated Kellerbier features pilsner and light munich malt, and wave after wave of traditional Hallertau hops make for a soft, flavorful delivery. Not to be missed: Bodegabier, our Kellerbier lightly aged on oak and lime and served on Cinco de Mayo!
So it is with great excitement and enthusiasm we bring to you Shorter Nights, Lager Days, making the month of May all that much more brighter. There’s nothing more satisfying for us to see months of our work enjoyed by our friends, regulars and patrons alike. We look forward to seeing you there!
-Christopher Carver, Assistant Brewer & Beertender