I think there needs to be more lagers brewed by craft brewers in the United States. I would like more lager choices, especially in the summertime. Full Sail Brewing (Hood River, OR) has a very popular “Sessions” Lager & “Sessions Black”. In addition, the brewery has a limited series – aka “LTD Series” of small batch experimental lagers. One of few craft brewers in the U.S. to experiment with lagers. Here’s Full Sail’s take on things:
Hood River, Or – “Sometimes the best of a brewer’s art, like jazz, can be shown by the notes you don’t play. In our case we bring that elegance of simplicity into our new limited edition lager brewed with one select barley and one of the best Northwest hops. By choosing to focus on these two single “notes” we highlight the finely balanced and complex interplay between the malt and hops. LTD 04 is a beautiful pale-golden color and brewed to highlight the elegant simplicity of both the pale malt and Willamette hops,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO and Founder. LTD 04 has been brewed, bottled, and kegged and is now shipping from the brewery.
LTD means limited edition, but according to Firmat, at Full Sail it means something even more: Live the Dream. “We’ve been living out our dream: brewing beer, our own way, in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We dedicate our LTD Series to everyone who’s living the dream, whatever that dream might be.”
“Our LTD Series is a great way to offer our customers a distinctive series of small batch lager beers that celebrate our creativity and honor the rich brewing heritage of great lager beer styles. Each LTD beer showcases an original lager recipe and is only available for a limited time. It lets us explore some of our favorite beer styles and we are thrilled at the response we have generated. Not only do our fans love this series, critics love it too. Since its release in 2007, our LTD Series has brought home 10 gold medals from the World Beer Championships and one from the North American Beer Awards,” added Firmat.
LTD 04 registers “Pale” on the “Malt-O-Meter” that is featured on the six packs. Beer aficionados, or the aspiring ones, will enjoy the bottom of the six-pack that features an easy-to-read chart of “Today’s Recipe,” including Willamette hops, 2 row pale malt, plato (18 degrees), IBU (45), alcohol by volume (7%) and any special ingredients. LTD 04 will be available in six-packs and draught from early December through March.
About Full Sail Brewing Company:
The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment 47 specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, Session and Session Black Premium lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 23 years. Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in 27 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view. http://www.fullsailbrewing.com
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