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Co-op Brew Corner: Head Towards the Light (Lager)

As we set our sights on 2017…head towards the light. Light beer, that is – especially to celebrate the upcoming Big Game Day!

The most popular beer consumed in America is lager: beer made with bottom-fermenting yeast that results in a light, toasty malt flavor and crispy, low bitterness hops with modest alcohol content. Many small local breweries today – often champions of high bitterness styles like India Pale Ale – are setting their sights on making golden sudsy lagers that have the appeal and potential to sway customers away from big brands.

A few recent statistics from the National Brewers Association: American craft brew accounts for roughly 12% of all beer consumed nationwide, with mega-domestic breweries like Budweiser, Coors and Miller taking a lion’s share (75%) of the total market. The good news: Washington State now has over 300 small, local breweries, ranking 2nd in the nation for number of craft breweries. The better news: we’re thirsty and we’re growing. Check out these latest efforts to compete:

Premium Lager from Kulshan Brewing of Bellingham WA – 4.8% alcohol by volume / low IBU – packaged in an attractive vintage red-and-white can with bold lettering, this affordable local lager holds its own next to other heavy-hitters Rainier Lager and Budweiser. Made from Pacific Northwest hops and mild malts, Kulshan’s Premium Lager delivers a promise of drinkability with quality ingredients. Plus, when you drink a can, you’re supportimg local jobs!

Dayblazer Easygoing Ale from New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, CO and Asheville, NC – 4.8% alcohol by volume / 10 IBU low bitterness – a new addition to the established New Belgium family, Dayblazer is a low alcohol, golden ale backed up with smooth, crisp citrus flavor and a clean finish. Incredibly food friendly, Dayblazer goes well with burgers, nachos, pizzas, and cheese appetizers. Pick up a pack and share it with friends and family at your next gathering.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.