When I came to the U.S., “beer” to me meant “lager”, or, to be more accurate, “pilsner”, the predominant type of beer made, served, and enjoyed in Central Europe. I quickly learned I needed to expand that definition, for two reasons:
- Pilsners were hard to find in my adoptive home. American lager, the most common type of lager in the country, includes the so-called “domestic beers”, which every good European beer drinker worth his head would label “piss”. It was either thirst or adapt.
- In the Pacific Northwest, where Portland, Oregon, is located, microbreweries abound and brew many varieties of delicious ales. (Portland has the highest concentration of craft breweries per capita in the U.S., and, some say, in the world.) Over time, after overcoming my ignorant stubbornness as to the definition of beer, I came to enjoy many new beer varieties: pale ale, golden ale, cream ale, anything on nitro, hefeweizen, amber and red ale, wheat beer, seasonals… I’m even hopping into India Pale Ale, which have thus far been on the edge of my taste range; porter and stout are the next frontier. When in the microbrew capital of America…
While I was expanding my beer horizon deeper and deeper into ale territory, I also learned there’s more to lagers than pilsner. And just as I was commencing the psychological return to my original home, I began to return to lagers as a whole as well.
Meet Lager Field, a category where I will review lagers available on the American market, be it imports from Central Europe or those Made in the U.S.A.
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