Iv been wanting to talk about this for a while. For the last year iv been mad about lagers. I walk into a bar and look to see what lagers they have before cask ales, in hope that i’ll find a hidden gem. Fair do’s this very rarely happens, especially in britian where 99.999% of lager is from the multinationals and is more alcoholic liquid cardboard than lager.
My love came after the RBESG08(ratebeer european summer gathering) in Plzen. While i was there really dont think i understood what i was doing. Loads of hidden brewpubs giving out filtered/unfiltered/dunkels/bocks/red/low alc/blackcurent? lagers every type immaginable and for the most part fantastic. Then i come back home into my usual 150 different session bitters a month routine and something was missing. A few trips to Quinns in Camden and some other finds around London and it became clear that lager was missing from my life. Lager is clean, refreshing, super drinkable and generally(craft wise) flavourful in a way that cask bitters lack, that even lambic cant fix for the most part(and thats saying something).
Now its Oktoberfest time and iv found myself in a very nice situatuion. Augustiner, Spartan, HB….Oktoberfest clean awsome lagers. Its nothing like as great as getting them gravity cask from a brewpub in Plzen, but it does the job. Even as i sit here now im drinking Cotswold 3.8% lager. Its hardly the finest but im enjoying it and it takes me back to the catacombs of the pilsner urquell brewery, where you get unfiltered, unpasturised urquell from the wooden fermentation cask.
Anyway rant over. Get on your lager chaps!
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