Arches Brewing Mexican Empire will debut this week in cans for the first time.
The Mexican lager, known formally as the Vienna lager, saw a big surge in craft brewing last summer. Arches Brewing Mexican Empire was a draft only seasonal for the brewery in the past, but the brewery has found that demand has completely out-paced production.
Mexican Empire is the fourth can release by the Hapeville, Georgia based brewery.
“This has been one of those beers that snuck up on us. As a team, it’s been one of our favorites and we always felt like it would be a really drinkable Spring seasonal. As more people tasted it, we kept getting asked to brew it more often and package it.” – Arches co-founder Ryan Fogelgren
Mexican Empire joins Unseasonable Lager, Southern Bel’, and Queen’s Weisse in the brewery’s 12-ounce can offerings, debuting on June 28th.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): 6/28/18
A namesake for their home state, Odell Colorado Lager debuts in cans in April.
The Fort Collins, Colorado-based brewery has been working on this recipe for a year now. In May the recipe will be found statewide. The 5% alcohol by volume lager features American hops, Colorado water, and barley – no adjuncts (like corn).
“Colorado Lager has been in the works for well over a year now. After countless test batches on our pilot system, we’re thrilled to share our interpretation of the style with the fans in our home state. It’s a style we love to drink, and we think there’s a place for a lager in the craft beer lover’s fridge.” – Brendan McGivney, COO.
Odell Colorado Lager is available in 16-ounce cans and draft starting in April. Look for 15-pack, 12-ounce cans starting in May.
Availability: 12oz Cans, ado Lager16oz Cans. Draft. Year-Round.
Debut: May 2018
Full Sail Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager has debuted in bottles and draft, joining the brewery’s Session family of beers.
The Session lineup of beers gained a Mexican-style lager, Sesión Cervesa, in March of 2017. The crisp lager features pilsner malt and flaked corn. You just add the sunshine.
Full Sail Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager hits shelves to complement their lighter offering. The garnet colored Mexican lager boasts flavors of “maize and caramel”.
“It’s not a porter, and it’s very different from Session Dark.” And like every Session, Sesión Negra is brewed to go down easy and put a smile on your face. – Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss.
Full Sail Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager is available in 11-ounce bottles and draft.
Availability: 11oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April 2018
5% ABV, 20 IBUs
Payette Brewing Fly Line Vienna Style Lager was once a summer seasonal, now it’s year round.
The very sessionable golden lager is crisp and light, brewed with Crystal and Magnum hops,
Fly Line is a refreshing brew for those warm days in the coming months. At 5% ABV and 18 IBU’s, this sessionable golden lager goes down smooth while telling your friends about the one that got away.
We spent the morning doing some terrible fly fishing with this Idaho beauty. The vienna lager style is personal hot weather favorite of ours, sadly there aren’t too many around. Thanks to Payette, there is a new one on our list.
Payette Brewing Fly Line is available in 12-ounce cans and draft year-round in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
5% ABV , 18 IBUs
Founders Solid Gold Lager debuts nationally on March 1st.
Over the past few months now, we’ve said 2018 will be a big year for lagers and pilsners. Let’s offer this new release from Founders as more evidence. Solid Gold Lager got its start in the Founders taproom in Grand Rapids, Michigan years ago. Their brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki has completely overhauled the recipe ahead of this forthcoming national launch.
Founders Solid Gold is a beautifully crisp, clean lager. There’s a touch of lemony citrus aroma that fills the glass and lingers in the smooth, grainy finish. Has Founders challenged the concept of a lager? If nothing else, they have succeeded making it stand out a bit. The use of Lemondrop hops definitely puts a subtle lemon zesty elegance what some might call a “simple beer”. Solid Gold is beautiful – from pour to finish. If you aren’t convinced yet, hopefully, the pricing will. 6-packs should retail around $7.99, while 15-packs will run $14.99. That’s about a dollar per can, making it one of the most competitively priced lagers on shelves.
Founders Solid Gold Lager is the first year-round beer by the brewery to launch exclusively in cans. Look for it nationally starting March 1st.
Availability: 12oz Cans. Year-Round
4.4% ABV, 20 IBUs
It might be hard to imagine an ale and a lager meshed together in a single beer. Especially since beer is pretty divided into one of those two categories. As it turns out, a fusion of the two styles can be pretty amazing as we just learned with Sam Adams ’76.
The brewers at Boston Beer Company used two active fermentations, one for a lager and one for an ale to create Sam Adams ’76. The idea is to blend the “fruitiness” of an ale with the smoothness of a lager. Sound a little odd? We thought so too.
The year of experimenting (around 60 iterations according to the brewery) was well worth it. Sam Adams ’76 is one of the best session beers we’ve tried in a long time. ‘76 pours a light gold/straw flavor and looks almost creamy at first splash. Imagine something like a pale ale brewed with Cascade, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops blended with a crisp lager. Yeah, it’s hard to piece together that flavor. That’s why trying this beer is a must. This hybrid beer compliments a wide range of food, those days when you start day drinking early, or just a break from a hefty IPA or stout session with friends. Easy drinking, clean, refreshing, all those buzz words are applicable here.
In our minds, this beer is definitely a win.
Sam Adams ’76 is available in 12-ounce cans now, draft in April 2018.
Style: Light Lager (Hybrid Beer)
Hops: Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, Cascade
Availability: 12oz Cans. Draft (April). Year-Round
Debut: January 2018
Image: Beer Street Journal
Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager is the latest national release by Anheuser Busch InBev.
According to Anheuser Busch, brewery founder Adolphus Busch created 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager prior to the American Prohibition in 1920. The beer never traveled far from Bud’s original home of Saint Louis before alcohol was banned.
With the anniversary of Repeal coming up on December 5th plus the holidays looming, Anheuser Busch is launching Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager. The amber lager is lightly hopped, and caramel malt-forward. Repeal Reserve will also be packaged in vintage “stubby” 12-ounce bottles.
“We are excited to mark the upcoming holiday season and the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition with this new brew based on a forgotten recipe. While Budweiser Repeal Reserve is a great tasting Amber Lager, it also tells the story of an important part of our history and gives reason for celebration.” – Ricardo Marques, VP of Budweiser
The official launch of Budweiser 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager is slated for October 25th in New York City. Th brewery has partnered with LYFT to bring a fleet of 1930’s cars for safe rides to the launch party.
1933 Repeal Reserve is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.
Style: Amber Lager
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.