For January this year I’ve got some different lagers for ya. Mostly light in body, low ABV & crushable. From German light style lagers like a Helles & a Kolsch, to a hoppy “California” Pilsner, a black lager, a Mexican style amber lager, a rice lager that's been aged in an oak foeder and even a barrel aged sour lager with wine grapes.

The basic difference between a lager and an ale is how they are fermented. Ales are fermented with top-fermenting yeast at warm temperatures (60˚–70˚F), and lagers are fermented with bottom-fermenting yeast at cold temperatures (35˚–50˚F).  Lagers can differ in style quite a bit, but don't seem to get recognition for their differences when compared to ales. Here’s the proof, have fun. 


Ghost Town - Haka

Location: Oakland CA

Ghost Town brewed a Japanese style rice lager, then aged it in their huge oak Foeder. 

Beer style: Rice lager

5.3% abv

Serve 38-45° F



Barebottle - Green Haus

Location: San Francisco CA

Barebottle decided to use a hop build normally found in an american west coast IPA for this pilsner. Light in body but not in hops this will take you to flavor town without weighing you down.  

Beer style: West Coast Pilsner

5% abv

Serve 38–45° F



Laughing Monk - Santa Chela

Location: San Francisco, CA

Light like a standard lager, but with some subtle toasted bread flavors. Enjoy with or without a slice of lime. 

Beer style: Mexican style amber lager. 

5.1% abv

Serve 38–45° F



Heater Allen - Schwarz

Location: McMinnville, Oregon

This black lager is roasty and full of flavor but keeps it light in body. This is their take on the Bohemian black lager, “Shwartzbier”.

Beer style: Bohemian style Schwartzbier (black lager)

4.9% abv

Serve 40-50° F



Cooperage - Helles Lager

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

This German style Helles lager is  golden, refreshing and just plain poundable. 

Beer style: German style Helles lager

4.7% abv

Serve 38-45° F



Original Pattern - Cross Hatch

Location: Oakland, CA

Kolsch! Crisp and clean. Technically a Kolsch has to come from Cologne Germany but whatevs. 

Beer style: Kolsch

5% abv

Serve 38-45° F



Russian River Brewing - Intinction

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Russian River Brewing took a pilsner and aged it in Sauvignon Blanc barrels with Brettanomyces (an ale yeast) and fresh Sauvignon Blanc grapes, then refermented it in the bottle. Tart and complex!

Beer style: Barrel Aged Pilsner 

8.25% abv

Serve 40-55° F

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