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Craft Lager?

A popular beer style
A lot of our guests ask for a lager or pilsner, and I tell them we make ales, as they taste better. At least that is what I think.

Here is an article that digs a bit deeper into the reasons that modern craft brewing is focused on ales, both historically and pragmatically.

“For historical reasons I won’t get into, the Germans and Czechs have developed their modern brewing culture around lager (and have been copied by most of the mega-brewing factories of Planet Earth) while their northern neighbors in Britain and Belgium have traditionally brewed ales. When the first craft brewers started making beer in the late 1970s, they chose ale. Call it a backlash against the wimpy pale lagers prevalent in America at the time; a desire to experiment with new varieties of west coast hops more conducive to making English ales; and an economic decision based on ales’ shorter fermentation cycle. Plus, with ales’ fuller flavors, inexperienced brewers could hide flaws that would become immediately apparent in a lager.”

I will give him that the craft lagers I have had over the years, have been good. One can make a good craft lagers, and we at FURBREW might take the challenge up and do a lager at some point.

Ohh yes. We do have an ale that is lager like, it is our Cream Ale, The Beach Beer. It is always on tap, and a good beer to cleanse your palate when the spices, the yeast and the hops are filling up your palate.

Please meet, the Crowler

Take away beers made easy
In this interesting article about trends in Craft Beers, they mentions the Crowlers – or can meets growler – canned beer made by order at the bar.

They say:” Yes, crowlers have been around for some time, but they haven’t become quite “mainstream” yet. Look for that to change in 2017 as more and more small breweries catch on to the good things that come when you combine cans and traditional growlers. If you’re not familiar with the term, a crowler is nothing more than a large can of beer. Using a crowler machine, a brewery will custom-fill those cans for drinkers right at the brewery.

The benefits here are considerable. Cans let in no light, are completely airtight, and there’s no worry about them shattering if dropped. Plus, buying a crowler means that you can sample new beers without having to pony up for a full six-pack. Breweries also benefit because there’s no need to wash out glass growlers, and virtually no chance that the beer purchased will go flat before the buyer can drink it.”