I was having lunch not too long ago with a couple of friends and colleagues that was just wonderful! It was at a place called the Bicycle Club in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and I’ve been going to lunch there for almost ten years I guess. Anyway, besides the incredible lunch, I had a couple of pints of Sam Adams Winter Lager.
That’s some good beer, and it made my lunch even better I think!
It got me thinking about how negatively ingrained the word ‘Lager’ is in my mind. You say ‘Lager’, I immediately think fizzy yellow beer. I can’t help it, and I bet a lot of people suffer from this negative word association thanks (I think) to all the big-brewer ad campaigns we’ve had to endure over the years.
When beer shopping, I think that I might be avoiding a whole family of beers because they are in Lager world, and I can’t shake the fizzy yellow beer thing!
Anyway, the Sam Adams Winter Lager was a real treat. Aside from the technicalities of brewing lagers and where the yeast ferments (as opposed to ales), this beer was as satisfying and tasty as any given beer. It was a great choice for this lunch, but The Bike Club always has Sam Adams seasonal beers on tap anyway and I like them all.
So, what other evil lagers do I happen to like? Well, after some chin-scratching, it turns out quite a few!
The Sam Adams Winter Lager, pretty much ANY Oktoberfest is a lager, Troegs Troegenator, Ayinger Celebrator, Kona Longboard Lager, and all Bocks, like Anchor’s delicious Bock are for starters! Bob the Brit has reviewed quite favorably other great lagers like Kronenbourg Premier Cru, Staropramen, Budweiser (the European one) and Pilsner Urquell!
Still, I’ve noticed a distinct aversion on my part of the Pilsner-style lager. That’s the lager aversion working, but at least now I’m aware of it! So, lager doesn’t always mean pilsner, but pilsner always means lager! I’m working on it.
As a matter of fact, because I’ve been getting the Sam Adams variety packs each season, I’m ‘forced’ to have at least two bottles of the Boston Lager. Guess what? I like it more each time I try it. Perhaps there is hope.
What about you? Do you still associate “Lager” with fizzy yellow beer? Are there any other beer stereotypes you keep alive? Still think Guinness is as thick as mud?