Being Monday, our thoughts naturally turn to lagers. Or more specifically, lagers I had Saturday at Hi-Wire Brewing's Lagerfest and Crawfest Boil. Full disclosure: I don't drink a lot of lagers anymore, being a card-carrying member of the Hophead Herd, so this opportunity to sample some of the new style offerings was irresistible. My good buddy and bottle share enthusiast, Bob Muller joined me on the trek up the hill to Asheville. As the beer lineup shows, there was a significant range of flavors offered within the style (and one porter ringer). With mostly ABVs in the low 5s and low 4s (Brown Truck had a 3.8% lager!) these beers were easy to drink and paired nicely with the enormous quantities of crawfish being consumed outside.
Some standouts for me were the Munich Dunkel from Brevard Brewing; rich flavors, light body but typical dark color.
The James Jack Pilsner from Olde Mecklenburg was a classic example of the style with a balanced profile and a crisp finish.
Hi-Wire and Holy City brewed a collab Black Rye Lager which was dark, roasty and spicy in the finish. Very drinkable.
Epic Brewing's (from Utah) Los Locos Mexican Style Lager with lime and
sea salt was probably the best "lawnmower" beer there, very refreshing
and balanced, definitely sessionable.
The oddest brew offered (imho)
was the Holy City BB aged Pils. The light color gave no clue as to the
flavor intensity from the barrels, but it was surprisingly balanced,
remaining close to the style in drinkability.
This event showcased
just how varied the lager style can be and just dismissing them offhand
(which I have been guilty of) only serves to miss out on some excellent
brews, never a good thing.
Some photos of the event, tho mostly about the beer, not being a big crawfish fan myself.