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The first US lager was brewed in 1840 in a small home brewery in Philadelphia.

National Lager Day on December 10th raises a glass to the third most popular beverage after water and tea. While lager is typically characterized as a light, summer beer we believe that every season deserves to be celebrated with a few of your favorite things.

  • Lagers are distinguished from other beers by using a cold-conditioning process. The types of yeast used are referred to as “bottom-fermenting” yeast or yeast that can develop at colder temperatures.
  • Lagers tend to have a crisp, lightly hopped taste and less-fruity aroma than most ales. You’ll instantly recognize lager’s smooth, refined drinkability. There are three main types of lager:
    1. Pale – the most popular lager and the most commercially available. This clean, crisp type of lager includes styles like Pilsner and Helles.
    2. Amber– This medium-bodied lager gets its rich, caramel flavor from toasted malts. Examples include Märzen and Vienna lagers.
    3. Dark – Dark malts create a dark lager. Typical dark lagers are Dunkel, Bock, and Schwarzbier.
  • Before the advent of refrigeration, brewers perfected this process in cellars dug into the ground and filled with ice.
  • Born in the 19th century Bavaria Lager was the result of brewers experimenting with the benefits of storing beer for long periods in cold environments. Brewed using a bottom-fermenting yeast this beer would then be transported to places where the temperature remained low, first in cellars, and then transported to the caves of the Alps.
  • Deep within these frozen cellars of the Earth they would be packed in ice from the mountains or lakes and left to “lager” over the summer. The word Lager itself speaks of this method, is derived from the German word for “to store”, Lagern.
  • Lager styles include Pilsners,  Helles, Dunkels, Bocks, Schwarzbiers and Oktoberfests (to name a few).
  • The first US lager was brewed in 1840 by John Wagner, who had a small brewery in the back of his house on St. John Street in Philadelphia. Wagner brought the first lager yeast to the United States from a brewery in Bavaria.
  • Lagers are relatively new to the beer scene, first appearing in Bavaria during the 16th century; before that, ales were brewed for over 7,000 years because ales are easier to ferment.
  • Beer is the 3rd most consumed beverage in the world behind water and tea.
  • The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, not because it was their intended destination (they were on course to sail well south), but they settled on the destination up north simply because they ran out of beer. [Google this fact]
  • King Gambrinus is known as the “patron saint of beer” (not to be confused with St. Arnold, the patron saint of brewing).
  • The oldest known written recipe is for beer.
  • Lager is one of the most common types of beer produced and consumed worldwide.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
  • The Vermont Country Store has Mini Chocolate Guinness pints made by Lir, one of Ireland’s award-inning chocolatiers, whose luxuriously smooth chocolate pairs perfectly with the rich molasses and espresso flavors of real Guinness stout.
  • Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Barack Obama were all homebrewers.
  • Frosty glasses cause foaming.
  • Most Americans live within 10 miles of a craft brewery.
  • Around the world, humans consume over 50 billion gallons of beer every year.
  • California is the biggest producer of beer in the U.S. with over 1,100 breweries.
  • There are several beer spas in the Czech Republic. The Chodovar Beer Spa in the Czech Republic offers a 20-minute bath in beer brewing ingredients. The company says that this method boosts blood circulation, opens up pores, softens the skin and infuses the body with vitamins of their clients.
  • In Ancient Egypt, women would brew beer as an offering to the gods. Aside from offerings, beer was also considered a feminine drink, while men traditionally had wine.
  • In 2017, the average U.S. citizen over 21 consumed 26.9 gallons of beer. However, the United States doesn’t even make the top 10 in terms of overall beer drinking.
  • In 1983, there were 49 licensed breweries in the United States; by the end of 2017, there were 8,863.


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