Lager, being a typically lighter beer, is frequently drunk in the summer. Now here we are in December, past Oktoberfest time, and celebrating Lagers! Even though we usually think of Lagers as being light, and a low ABV, they are created in a variety of strengths. Sometimes you might find a darker colored Lager and think that it will have stronger flavors, but that’s not always the case. Lagers originated in Germany and are created by a cold fermentation process. German Lagers had historically been darker brews and home to Bocks. German and European brewers tended to be under stricter brewing laws than in the United States, with limitations on additives, types of grains and preservatives. However, these laws have been changing over the last 25 years.
One of my favorite beers, Pilsners, that I drank a lot of in Prague, is an offspring of Lager. When in Mexico, I’ve been known to drink Negra Modelo, a darker Lager. And if you’re in Sedona and the Verde Valley, it’s a wonderful opportunity to try our local craft Lagers such as an Oak Creek Gold Lager. Don’t you just love these beer holidays? Whatever Lager you choose to celebrate with, enjoy the day!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.