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
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.
Boulevard Dry-Hopped Helles
This collaborator series has paired seen the likes of Deschutes Brewery, Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, Firestone Walker, Cigar City, Ommegang, and Orval. Boulevard Collaboration 7 is the first time a two breweries have been a part of the project at the same time.
The trio is creating a “juicy” lager for this seventh iteration, aged briefly on virgin oak. Juicy is an understating term, thanks to peach puree, lemon zest and riesling chosen to compliment carefully selected Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc hops. The malt bill is quite complex too, brewed with pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, Missouri wheat, honey malt and corn grits.
The finished beer is bottle conditioned with champagne yeast, producing an effervescent golden lager perfect for the late summer heat. Last year, Arizona Wilderness and Creature Comforts partnered on “Transmission“, a citrus saison.
Boulevard Collaboration 7 is now available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: August, 2017