Complacency is a very dangerous state of mind, which is why I just put Grape-Nuts in my leftover black bean soup. It's not February anymore, people: We can no longer be content to merely make it through breakfast without tears or blood or whiskey. These March days are here to be seized in a hopeful and high-fiber way.
'lager' on Serious Eats
This past weekend the University of Missouri celebrated its 100th homecoming. I couldn't make it back, but I'm fairly certain I wouldn't have attended the game if I did. I've never been much for watching sports, but during my
four five years there as an undergraduate I became a strong proponent of the eating and drinking that goes along with football.
While ostensibly German-style lagers dominate the bulk of the American beer landscape now, German brewers were a relatively late addition to the scene, arriving in large numbers only in the mid-19th century. But the successes of this often tight-knit community bred resentment and xenophobia from those whose forebears had arrived in the US in earlier waves of immigration—and that ill will helped to bring about Prohibition. But before we rush straight to 1920, a brief review is in order.
I'd drink porter and stout anytime, but this early in the fall, you may want to reach for something a little crisper. Guinness recently released the first lager brewed under the Guinness name, and we gave it a try.
Pilsner, Doppelbock, Schwarzbier—there are so many classic styles of beer that many homebrewers never get a chance to brew. In reality, brewing lagers isn't much more complicated than brewing ales, but it does require you to have a little more space and a dedicated beer refrigerator with temperature control. Because of these requirements, brewing lagers isn't for everyone, but when you have the ability to brew lagers, you open up a whole new world of homebrewing.
I've long maintained that if you think you like Corona with lime, you're in luck, because what you really like is simple cheap lager and lime. A few years ago Anheuser-Busch decided the same, which is why the biggest challenger to Corona's "-and lime" market dominance is now Bud Light Lime.
A lot of bland boys like me plan long weekends around Red Sox games, but following strangers across the country makes me feel like a stalker, so rather than wait for baseball, I've decided to plan my travels around pursuit of the aforementioned cheap American regional lagers (CARLs).