The Bruery, nestled in Orange County, California, is known for a pretty wide range of styles from massive imperial and pastry stouts to saisons and wild ales. Even though the brewery said they were never going to stray into the American IPA world, they created their own opportunity to get hoppy and hazy (with a technical loophole) with the formulation of Offshoot Beer Co. Even with this proven versatility, The Bruery is releasing something a little more… refined this month – Ruekeller Helles Lager.
A “world-class” lager was the goal when the brew team set to work on Ruekeller’s creation nearly a year ago. Lagers are some of the most complicated beers to brew, and The Bruery took no shortcuts in this already highly touted release. The Helles is an all-German malt and hops recipe in keeping with style tradition. The final test batches released the taproom have received high marks on the beer rating app Untappd.
Much like The Bruery’s own name, “Ruekeller” is a play on brewery founder Patrick Rue’s name and Ruhkeller or “rest cellar,” where German lager beers are krausened.
The Bruery Ruekeller Helles will be available in full distribution in 16-ounce cans start in late January.
Style: Helles Lager
Hops: Magnum, Saaz
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: Late January 2019
Arches Brewing Winter’s Night is back for a second time this year. The brewery first debut this beer as a winter seasonal back in February.
This dark German-style lager dates back centuries. From Arches: A traditional lager that is best characterized by its striking dark color and a strong malt flavor. It is complemented by an elusive, light mouthfeel which offers a clean, crisp finish.
The brewery uses light and dark Munich malt from Riverbend Malt House, giving this beer rich notes of chocolate, nuts and, caramel with a spicy finish.
12-ounce cans of Arches Brewing Winter’s Night are now available at the brewery and in distribution as a seasonal release.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Return: October 2019
Orpheus Brewing Royal’s Lager
Philipsburg Brewing Vorfreude debuts in September, an all-new release by the Montana based brewery.
Finally, lagers are hot again in the craft brewing industry. Coming to Philipsburg Brewing’s lineup in September is a new Vienna Lager – Vorfreude. The German word for which the beer gets its name doesn’t have an English counterpart. Best we can figure out, it means “joyful anticipation”.
Vorfreude is built on Vienna and Munich malts from Proximity Malts. Philipsburg uses whole flower hops in all their beer releases. For this lager, the brewing team chose Nugget for bittering, and Tettnager for aroma.
Interestingly, Philipsburg uses Ball Alumi-tek reclosable aluminum pints for all their year-round releases. Sun King in Indiana uses similar packaging for their specialty/barrel-aged releases. Few if any other craft breweries are actively using this format year-round.
Philipsburg Vorfreude will be available in 16-ounce Alumi-tek bottles and draft starting in mid-September through March 2020.
Style: Vienna Lager
Hops: Tettnanger, Nugget (Whole Flower)
Malts: Vienna, Munich
Yeast: Bavarian Lager
Availability: 16oz Aluminum Bottles, Draft. Sept-March
Debut: September 2019
Revolution Brewing La Gargola, a collaboration with Illinois based rock band Chevelle, debuts on August 1st.
The band is playing Lollapalooza on debut weekend in Chicago, and ahead of the hometown swing of the tour, Chevelle brewed a Helles lager with folks at Revolution Brewing.
This classic beer, inspired by the German Purity Law of 1516 (aka the Reinheitsgebot), doesn’t rely on weird adjuncts to drive the flavor. Only the 4 ingredients that beer is really about – hops, malt, yeast, and water.
“One thing that stuck out to me in talking with Pete and the guys was the comparison between making beer and making music.Finding out what works and what doesn’t is almost equally important, just like writing music.” –Pub Brewer John “Jumpy” Palos
Revolution Brewing La Gargola will hit taps at the brewpub starting August 1st, corresponding with Lollapalooza weekend in Chicago.
Style: Helles Lager
Availability: Draft only, Revolution Brewpub
AleSmith Coconut Rays
Port City Helles Lager has been a draft-only offering in the past – part of the Alexandria, Virginia’s Lager Series.
Despite all you read about “hype” and “gimmicky” beers, well-made lagers are growing in demand amongst craft beer drinkers. Port City obviously knows this and has added their Helles Lager of their “Occasional” lineup, available on draft and in 12-ounce bottles for a brief amount of time.
Helles means “bright” in German.
Our Helles pours a brilliant blond color, showcasing a clean Pilsner and Munich malt sweetness and supported by a subtle Hersbrucker hop character. We are happy to raise a glass of our Helles, and Prost to the everyday drinking beer of Bavaria!
Port City Helles Lager is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft for a limited time starting Friday, June 21st.
Style: Helles Lager
Malts: Pilsner, Munich
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited Release.