We love lagers. The challenge of making something that seems so simple shine is a challenge our brew team embraces. For our newest lager, we tried to do something a little different. We used a few tricks we’ve learned while making IPAs and applied them here to deliver a crisp, aromatic flavour bomb of a lager.
We started with a base of German Barke Pilsner malt. Instead of adding hops during the boil, we held off. After 90 minutes of boiling, we cooled the wort down to 85C and added a generous amount of Amarillo, Idaho 7, and Vista (new hop from our friends at Yakima Chief Hops!). This lends a gentle bitterness and means that more of the volatile aroma compounds stay in the beer (we want those!), instead of being driven off during the boil. It was then fermented low and slow with our house lager strain and then lagered for 7 full weeks at near freezing temperatures.
What does this mean to you? It means you get an incredibly refreshing yet delicately complex beer to enjoy in the sunshine. Aromas of grapefruit, lime zest, nectar and green tea along with a crisp taste and a honey-like finish. Don’t worry about it.