The Rise of Craft Lagers in Pennsylvania Breweries

The Rise of Craft Lagers in Pennsylvania Breweries

The Rise of Craft Lagers in Pennsylvania Breweries

Craft beer enthusiasts are witnessing a resurgence of lagers in the beer industry, with Pennsylvania breweries leading the charge. This revival is partly due to the low-calorie and low-carb movements, but primarily because of the brewers crafting delicious options themselves.

The Lager Love in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania breweries are known for their flavorful, clean, and crisp lagers and pilsners. Berwick Brewing Co., for instance, often has a double-digit number of lagers on tap, leading the charge for lager love. Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co. has been showing its lager love for a full decade, while Tröegs Independent Brewing has thrown almost everything they have behind a lager brand.

Pittsburgh Brewing Company, in collaboration with Giant Eagle and Food21, has produced Harvest PA Helles Lager, a beer made with Pennsylvania-grown and produced Allegheny Mountain Malt and Pennsylvania hops. This collaboration brings awareness to the endless brewing opportunities within Pennsylvania. To work in Pennsylvania’s vibrant bars, it is important to have a Pennsylvania bartending certification. This certification ensures that individuals are well-versed in the state’s alcohol regulations, responsible serving practices, and the art of mixology. Enrolling in a reputable institution like the Pittsburgh PA Bartending School can provide valuable training for a successful career in the dynamic beer bar industry. 

The Art of Brewing Lagers

Workhorse Brewing Company’s Golden Lager

Brewing lagers is an art that requires time, precision, and a delicate balance between malt, hops, and yeast. The first lager brewed in America was in Northern Liberties in 1840 by John Wagner, who brought lager yeast from his home in Bavaria. This first American lager predates the pilsner by two years.

The lager has long been an underdog in the craft scene. However, with the IPA craze slowing down, lagers are taking their rightful place in the pantheon of craft beers. Brewers are making space for a revival of well-made lager styles.

The Future of Lagers

In the current hazy climate, lagers are sometimes overlooked. However, Sly Fox Brewing Company and 2SP Brewing Company have collaborated to create Dog Will Hunt Hoppy Lager, a beer that presents the best of both worlds. The simple goal behind the collaboration was to make something that the brewers at both 2SP and Sly Fox would want to drink and, in turn, would be well-liked by fans of both breweries.

In Conclusion

The rise of craft lagers in Pennsylvania breweries is a testament to the evolving tastes of beer enthusiasts and the innovative spirit of the state’s brewers. As more breweries experiment with lagers and consumers continue to appreciate the nuanced flavors of these beers, the future of craft lagers in Pennsylvania looks promising. Whether you’re a seasoned beer connoisseur or a casual drinker, there’s never been a better time to explore the diverse world of Pennsylvania lagers.

A Series of Craft Beer Articles

This is just one of several in a series of over arching ‘craft beer’ related articles. Several alone in a ‘flagship’ series. In the next few weeks there will be some more that come out as well. I would like to have this general level of different ‘craft beer articles’ that everyone can kind of jump to and read and use for informative purposes, and give a better understanding for the other articles on the site.

Some of these articles are about definitions (like “What is Craft Beer?“) and others are about Craft Breweries in general like the Top 50 Producing Craft Breweries, etc.

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