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The Wonderful, Unexpected, Diverse World of Lagers

“Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: the most famous lagers in the world are pretty boring affairs. You know the ones I mean: thin, adjunct-laden, flavor-limited beers (think American or international pale lagers). Those aren’t the lagers you’re looking for, and their ubiquity by volume doesn’t translate to a particular tendency for lagers (as individual styles) to be boring. Within the realm of traditional and defined beer styles—before we even get to the modern variations on them—there are several that leap right off the palate and slap you in the face. Lager beers like cool fermentations, so it should come as no surprise that we’re about to spend a lot of time in places where the winter days are short and the temperatures are frigid.”

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The Wonderful, Unexpected, Diverse World of Lagers