American Lagers for Independence Day
Certain things come to mind when thinking about July: warm days spent lazily on the beach, barbecues with friends and family, wonderfully ornate displays of fireworks and, of course, baseball. The common denominator that’s found at all of these fantastic locales, bringing joy and refreshment to adults of all ages? Beer, of course!
And there’s no better style to enjoy during the month’s festivities than a brisk American-made lager. While American lagers can range in style from German Pilsener influence to more robust Vienna or Amber lagers, they are always crisp and refreshing.
What makes lagers such an excellent choice for warm weather as opposed to ales? The main difference is that ales are brewed with top-fermenting yeast while lagers are brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast. Lager yeasts are inherently more fragile than ale yeasts, with a lower alcohol tolerance, and undergo fermentation at lower temperatures. This leads to a slower, longer fermentation and storage period (hence the name lager, from the German lagern, meaning “to store”).
The results include fewer esters and aromas than found in ales, greater clarity and a full-bodied beer with a mellow palate that’s crisper in character and less fruity.