Topic Archives: Vienna Lager

Posted in Champion Brewing, Headlines, New Releases

Champion Brewing creates a beer to pair with Duke’s Mayo

Champion Family Recipe Vienna Lager

I grew up on Duke’s Mayo, which was highly unlikely considering I lived in state that was completely devoid of Duke’s. To this day I couldn’t tell you what mayo my friends ate growing up, but I’m sure it was something with a tangy zip, or some crap like that. We would vacation to see family a few times of year, whether upstate South Carolina, or Charleston and my father would stock up on Duke’s. We’d drive back north with a trunk full of mayo, and Beanie Weenies to get through another few months.(The pimento cheese was always a short term delicacy.) Later he would have family members ship it.

Either way. My southern born and raised family however, was and still is – a Duke’s Mayonnaise family. 

Charlottesville, Virginia based Champion Brewing Company has just introduced a new lager, meant to be paired with a southern sandwich favorite – A Duke’s heavy BLT.

The beer is a 5.1% ABV vienna lager perfectly named Family Recipe, brewed with Vienna malt, Magnum and Saaz hops. While I haven’t had the beer, I can tell you a BLT, with crispy bacon, lettuce as cold as the fridge, topped with Duke’s on white bread washed down with a crisp lager is a thing of beauty in the humid southern summer heat. Champion Brewing only uses Duke’s Mayonnaise in their restaurants for a reason. 

When I told my father about this collaboration he literally stopped speaking mid conversation and wanted to know where to get it. The irony now is that he can get all the Duke’s he wants, but not the beer. Life can be so cruel. 

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Champion Family Recipe debuts this week Champion’s Tap House, Champion Grill, and Champion Ice House. The brewery will also be pouring Family Recipe at the Duke’s Mayo Classic games this year in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The  Doubleheader features East Carolina University versus Appalachian State University and UGA opening against Clemson.

Additionally, Family Recipe is shipping 16-ounce cans across Virginia and North Carolina for a limited time.

Style: Vienna Lager
Hops: Saaz, Magnum
Malts: Vienna

Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release
Debut: 8/20/21

5.1% ABV

Posted in Chuckanut Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, New Beers
Posted in New Releases, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wild Heaven releases perfectly named ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ lager

Wild Heaven Don't Stand So Close to Me

Atlanta’s Wild Heaven Craft Beer has an appropriately named beer release this weekend – Don’t Stand So Close To Me.

Perfect for social distancing, Don’t Stand So Close to Me is a Vienna Lager, brewed with Saaz and Hallertau hops.

Georgia now has a shelter in place order, but both brewery locations will be open for beer-to-go, and food at their West End location. Free to every person WITHOUT purchase is a bottle of brewery made hand sanitizer.

Wild Heaven Don’t Stand So Close to Me is available in 16-ounce cans for your quarantine drinking pleasure.

Style: Vienna Lager
Hops: Saaz, Hallertau

Availability: 16oz Cans.
Debut: 4/3/20

?? ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Philipsburg Brewing Company

Montana: Philipsburg Brewing Vorfreude coming in September

Philipsburg Brewing Vorfreude

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

5.2% ABV

Posted in Seasonal Return, Ska Brewing

Ska Mexican Logger seasonal release marks 20 years

Ska Mexican Logger

It may not look like spring in Durango, Colorado, but the return of Ska Mexican Logger means it’s close.

While Mexican lagers have increased in popularity in recent years, Ska Brewing has been releasing this beer since 1999. That’s longer than half the craft breweries in the United States have been around. The brewery touts this as Colorado’s first craft lager in a can when it hit aluminum in 2011.

The 5% alcohol by volume lager is brewed with a lager yeast strain from Mexico City – the same strain that also ferments Ska’s Rue B. Soho Grapefruit.

Crisp, clean, and refreshing — made for hot afternoons with a side of lime.

Ska Mexican Logger is available in 12-ounce cans and draft from March 20th through Summer 2019.

Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft Seasonal Release.
Distribution: Colorado, Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Utah.

5% ABV

Posted in Arches Brewing, Beer News

Arches Brewing Mexican Empire is the brewery’s 4th canned offering

Arches Mexican Empire

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

5.2% ABV

Posted in Good People Brewing, New Releases

Good People Muchacho Mexican Style Lager is set to debut year-round

Good People Muchacho Mexican Style Lager officially debuts year-round.

Lagers aren’t limited to the big breweries anymore. The demand for craft lagers grew in 2017, and we doubt 2018 will be any different. Tack on a new Vienna lager (aka Mexican-style lager) out of Birmingham, Alabama courtesy of Good People Brewing. ‘Muchacho‘ has begun hitting shelves.

According to the brewery, the initial taproom release of Muchacho as a small/test batch was tremendous, prompting not only the upgrade to cans but year-round status.

“We are really excited to be offering this beer year round, Muchacho was a hit in the taproom when we first released it, and we thought it would be a nice style to add to our growing profile.” – Adam Klein, Head Brewer

Good People Muchacho is now available in 12-ounce cans and draft, hitting markets the week of February 19th.

Style: Vienna Lager
Hops: Columbus, Liberty
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Dextrin, Flaked Corn

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round.
Debut: 2/19/18

4.8% ABV, 18 IBUs