Dry Hopped Bud Light?

Dry Hopped Bud Light - Bertus BreweryI know what you are thinking…. Mmmmmmm……DELICIOUS! Haha. Well in all seriousness, this actually is a great idea for peeps looking to improve their dry hopping skills/build a knowledge base on what multiple varieties of hops taste like when dry hopped. For ~$15 you can buy some premium quality American Lager (snicker ;)) and enough hops (roughly a gram each) to dry hop each bottle.  Scott from BertusBrewery.com did an excellent write up of his experiment with this process with a 12 pack of Bud Light. The beauty of this experiment is that Bud Light is so mild that the hops stand way out. Simply recap your bottles after adding each hop, and let them sit for a couple of days. You can crash out any free floating hop particles by letting your bottles sit overnight in the fridge. You can view the entire article on this process at BertusBrewery.com.

 

King of Beers American Lager/Pilsner Results!

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This tasting was definitely one of the weirdest events I think I’ve ever done. While I thought I had prepared myself for this one the best I could have, I can’t remember the last time I’d had so many mediocre beers in one sitting. As you can see we did come up with a winner, however the highest score in the entire event was just below a 6. I had a feeling when we originally planned this event that Budweiser aka The King of Beers would not score very high (and it almost lost the entire event). From what I gather on the scores, the beers in this style that our judges enjoyed the most had a more pronounced hop profile than the others. According to BJCP’s flavor description by style for Classic American Pilsner and Lite, Standard, and Premium American Lager, these beers all have hop profiles that range from none to low. Are we tired of drinking American Lagers in America, or do we just need a break from this mild, slightly malty libation? American Lagers/Pilsners used to be the beer of choice in this country (or should I say the only available choice), but as you can see from this tasting this has changed. While macrobrewed beer had it’s place (and some would say necessity during the years of World War II) in history, micro-brewed beer tends to be the preferred option. Support your local breweries so that we can avoid macro-brewed beer from taking away your choices. Just try to imagine a world without beer caves… I’m getting nervous just thinking about it 🙂

King of Beers American Lager/Pilsner Tasting This Saturday

The King of Beers American Lager/Pilsner Tasting takes place this Saturday at 5pm in Broad Ripple. Expect nothing but the finest of domestic brews from America’s largest macrobrewers down to some of the smallest craft breweries. American Lagers are an American tradition. Although this style has German roots (German Pilsner), American hops, corn, and 6-row barley make this style unique. You would be hard pressed to find any watering hole that does not serve at least one of these domestic, yellow, light bodied brews on tap. Although Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors are the largest distributors of American Lager beer in the world, there are several smaller micro/craft breweries specializing in this style. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to submit an American Lager entry using the Request a Brew portal for our tasting on Saturday December 8th. Here’s the twist: THERE WILL BE TWO WINNERS! You heard right my friend. The entry that receives the highest score AND the entry that receives the worst score will also take home a prize! Please make sure to bring a 6 pack each, as 1 beer will go to the pot for the winners. That said, the first 15 to Request a Brew will be guaranteed a spot at the tasting. Keep track of who’s going via Facebook here. Good luck!

Here’s a list of suggested brews:

SUGGESTED BEERS:
Miller High Life
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Upland Preservation Pilsner
Keystone Light
Coors Original
Coors Light
Bud Select
Bud Platinum
Icehouse
Busch
Milwaukee’s Best
Old Style
Natural Ice
RESERVED BEERS
Anheuser-Busch Budweiser (Sample) – Erik Howell
Miller Light – Matthew Kennedy
MacTarnahan’s Full Bloom Craft Lager – Jenn Myers
Miller Genuine Draft – Bob Reynolds
Berghoff Prairie Lager – Dustin Edwards
People’s Pilsner – Cass Maley
Pabst Blue Ribbon – Dax Storm
Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils – Kyle Alder
Bell’s Lager of the Lakes – Jenn Myers

Submit your entry here or on the Request a Brew page.

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King of Beers American Lager/Pilsner Tasting!

The King of Beers American Lager/Pilsner Tasting will be GLORIOUS! 🙂 American Lagers are an American tradition. Although this style has German roots (German Pilsner), American hops, corn, and 6-row barley make this style unique. You would be hard pressed to find any watering hole that does not serve at least one of these domestic, yellow, light bodied brews on tap. Although Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors are the largest distributors of American Lager beer in the world, there are several smaller micro/craft breweries specializing in this style. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to submit an American Lager entry using the Request a Brew portal for our tasting on Saturday December 8th. Here’s the twist: THERE WILL BE TWO WINNERS! You heard right my friend. The entry that receives the highest score AND the entry that receives the worst score will also take home a prize! Please make sure to bring a 6 pack each, as 1 beer will go to the pot for the winners. That said, the first 15 to Request a Brew will be guaranteed a spot at the tasting. Keep track of who’s going via Facebook here. Good luck!

SUGGESTED BEERS:
Miller High Life
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Upland Preservation Pilsner
Keystone Light
Coors Original
Coors Light
Bud Select
Bud Platinum
Icehouse
Busch
Milwaukee’s Best
Old Style
Natural Ice
RESERVED BEERS
Anheuser-Busch Budweiser (Sample) – Erik Howell
Miller Light – Matthew Kennedy
MacTarnahan’s Full Bloom Craft Lager – Jenn Myers
Miller Genuine Draft – Bob Reynolds
Berghoff Prairie Lager – Dustin Edwards
People’s Pilsner – Cass Maley
Pabst Blue Ribbon – Dax Storm
Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils – Kyle Alder
Bell’s Lager of the Lakes – Jenn Myers

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