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Five facts for National Lager Day

December 10, 2014 By: mike Category: Beer learnin', Craft beer, History of beer

Fourth of July beer

Today is National Lager Day, a day for craft beer drinkers to celebrate this often under-appreciated category of beers.

Think lagers are boring? Wiseacre Brewing Co.’s Kellan Bartosch refuted that notion last year in this piece for craftbeer.com.

Bartosch, who would “take a well done lager over a poorly made IPA any day,” suggested that beers don’t need to be extreme to be good.

“The best beer drinkers I know enjoy every style and can pick out good and bad versions of each, including lagers,” Bartosch wrote.

So skip the IPA today and pick up a lager. There are many styles to choose from that don’t include American macrobrews. I’m particularly fond of Schwarzbiers and Märzens, but even a good old Samuel Adams Boston Lager (style: Vienna Lager) will do.

Speaking of, the brewers at Samuel Adams shared with us these facts for National Lager Day. Cheers!

1.) The word “lager” is derived from the German “lager” which means “to store.”

2.) Lagers are relatively new to the beer scene, first appearing in Bavaria during the 16th century; before that, ales were brewed for over 7,000 years because ales are easier to ferment.

3.) Lager yeast, as opposed to ale yeast, ferments (eats sugar to produce carbonation and alcohol) at cooler temperatures and, when done fermenting, settles to the bottom of the fermentation tank. Lager yeast also takes a longer time to condition the beer than ale yeast.

4.) Due in part to their clean, crisp character, lagers are sometimes incorrectly labeled plain and boring. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! Craft lagers are flavorful and complex, and a number of different styles fall under the lager category and include Märzen/Oktoberfest beers, Bock beers like Maibock/Helles Bocks, Pilsners, Dunkelweizens, Rauchbiers, and Schwarzbiers, to name a few.

5.) Before modern refrigeration, brewers needed a way to keep their lagers cool during the brewing process. In lieu of today’s larger cooling tanks, German lager brewers of old sometimes cooled their beer in Alpine caves or in cellars dug deeply into hillsides.

Brewville @ DeNeuville – People’s Choice Homebrew Competition in Memphis on Saturday

June 16, 2014 By: grant Category: Distribution, Events, History of beer

Brewville Flyer DeNeuville Learning Center will be hosting a people’s choice homebrew competition from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Everyone’s a judge — all attendees will be able to vote on best light/dark beer, best name, etc. There will food and live music from the South Side Supper Club.

It benefits the DeNeuville Learning Center, which empowers women through education by offering tuition-free GED prep work and ESL classes.

Doors open at 4 p.m. (or at 3 p.m. if you have a VIP ticket) at the DeNeuville Learning Center (next door to old Ike’s/Fresh Market) on Cooper.

Tickets are $35 general admission to taste the beers and some activities. VIP are $65 (earlier admission, access to full meal, private seating, parking, special beers). Tickets for designated drivers at $20. Purchase tickets online.

How beer saved the world infographic

March 29, 2012 By: grant Category: Beer learnin', History of beer

Here’s a fun and informative infographic from Sex, Cigars & Booze:

how beer saved the world

Red, white & brew: Obama and Medal of Honor winner drink White House homebrew

September 17, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Government, History of beer, Homebrew

President Obama and 23-year old Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer relax and have a homebrew. (Photo credit: Obama Foodorama)

Since his election in 2008, President Barack Obama has presided over a “beer summit,” downed a pint of Guinness in Ireland, and had beer brewed by White House chefs for the first time in history.

The latest news from the Brewmaster-in-Chief?

Obama had a White House homebrew this week with 23-year old Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam war, reports the president’s official food blog, Obama Foodorama. The two sipped on a White House Honey Blonde Ale on a patio outside the Oval Office.

Obama’s White House chefs have been making homebrew using honey from the South Lawn Beehive. In addition to the Honey Blonde Ale, the chefs have brewed a White House Honey Ale (consumed on Super Bowl Sunday) and White House Honey Porter.

Might a White House Honey Brown Ale be next?