Few things are as capable of putting a lovely cap on a day as an ice-cold beer. And some would contend that the only beer that is superior to a standard lager is one that began life in the frigid temperatures. The ideal fusion of these two qualities is beer!
It is one of the oldest fermented beverages known to humans, and it matures slowly over a lengthy period of time in the cold. On National Lager Day, you can savor this delightful blonde beverage and discover a little more about the unique history that makes it special.
Prepare to celebrate and learn about National Lager Day!
When is National Lager Day
On December 10th, National Lager Day raises a glass to the third most consumed beverage, behind water and tea. Even though lager is frequently thought of as a refreshing, summertime beverage, we think that every season should be honored with a couple of your favorite things.
History of National Lager Day
Brewers who were experimenting with the advantages of keeping beer for extended periods of time in very cold conditions gave birth to Bavaria Lager in the 19th century. Being derived from the German verb lagern, which means “to store,” the word lager itself refers to this approach.
This beer, made with bottom-fermenting yeast, was then shipped to locations with constant low temperatures, first in cellars and subsequently to the gloomy caverns of the Alpine mountains. This beer would be placed on ice taken from the mountains or lakes and “lager” over the summer deep within the icy cellars of the Earth.
All of the yeast and sediment in the beer was allowed to sink to the bottom during the brewing and storage processes, leaving only a clear, crisp golden beverage with an unparalleled purity of flavor. Because of the region’s heavier waters and other circumstances, even this technique in the 19th century produced a much darker lager than modern beer drinkers are accustomed to. The method was eventually improved, and the result was the lovely golden beverage that many beer fans enjoy today. The darker variant of this beer, known as Dunkel or Dunkles, is still produced in Bavaria for people who prefer a more traditional flavor.
National Lager Day Activities
Joining National Lager Day is like living in a beer lover’s paradise! To get inspiration for commemorating and honoring this significant day, try any of these suggestions:
Discover the various types of lagers
There are many distinct variations of lagers that have been (and are continuously being) created. The knowledge of this complex brew will be increased by learning about the similarities and contrasts among the lagers. Start by looking at a couple of the ones below:
- Pilsner. It was created in the Bohemian city of what is now Plze, Czech Republic, and was first made in 1842. The first pale lager in the world, Pilsner Urquell, was developed here and is still made today. It makes a fantastic supper or snack when combined with chicken, seafood, and white cheddar cheese,
- Doppelbock. originally prepared by monks in Munich, Germany, as liquid bread to be consumed during fasting periods associated with religious observances like Lent. This extra-dark beer pairs well with hearty foods like chocolate cake, some Swiss cheeses, and roasted pork.
- US-brewed beer This beer is extremely light, quite carbonated, and neither bitter nor heavy. Its beginnings can be traced to World War II when Americans introduced rice in place of the grains used to make German beer. Enjoy it with burgers, hot dogs, and another barbecue fare in your backyard.
- Beer in the Vienna Style. Reverting to the lager’s European origins, this Austrian beer has a low bitterness level and a ton of bready and malty aromas. A Dos Equis is a good example of this style even though it is a Mexican beer. Tastes fantastic when paired with food for outdoor barbecues, like grilled meats, or sweet sweets, like fruity desserts.
Have a lager
While a pale golden beer is probably available virtually anyplace these days, it would be wiser to use this day to travel back in time by obtaining a delicious pint of lager. As you sip this beverage, hundreds of years of tradition will be with you, and you’ll truly grasp where a beverage that has gained worldwide fame came from.
From here, it’s simple to sample any of the enormous range of lagers that are now sold on the market. The procedure extended over the entire world, giving rise to numerous regional variations and countless other forms, both domestically and internationally. National Lager Day is a great chance to introduce more people to lager.
Your Own Lager to Brew
It’s never been simpler to take the craze of homebrewing beer seriously! Get ready to make your own lager by purchasing a home brewing kit from a local or online retailer.
The process of making lagers relies heavily on cold storage, which attempts to produce a final product that is clearer and cleaner. It’s crucial to understand the differences and what to anticipate because larger yeasts behave slightly differently than ale yeasts. Lager brewing requires yeast starters and the capacity to regulate the temperature to within a five-degree range, making it slightly fussier than brewing an ale.