Why Craft Lager is On the Rise Again
Many people hear the word lager and immediately put it in the ‘not cool’ basket. They associate lager with overtly Australian tv ads in the 1990s or hooligans overdoing it and causing trouble at sporting events. However, this couldn’t be further from the new era of craft lager making waves in the Australian brewing industry. In fact, a South Australian lager beat out all the competition to win first prize at the Australian Independent Brewers Association Awards in July!
Craft lager is moving away from the stigma of being a nondescript, yellow beer, which has been shunned for decades by beer snobs. The core difference between lager and ale is the type of yeast used in the brewing process. Ale yeasts ferment at an optimum level at around 20 degrees Celsius while lager yeasts ferment best closer to 12-13 degrees or even down to single digits. Lager also takes longer to ferment than its ale counterparts. In fact, the irony is that while lager can be perceived as a simple or mainstream beer, it’s actually more complex to brew than ales!
Lager options are no longer just the mass-produced beers like Heineken, Fosters or Carlsberg, today we have many world-class craft lagers emerging in Australia with a crisp taste and complex tones. Here at the Keg & Brew in Surry Hills, our 33 taps include several popular Australian craft lagers. Drop in today and taste just how far lager brewing has come for yourself, you won’t be disappointed!