Continuing with our seasonal “Blaze” series, we’ve whipped up a brand new beer that reflects the changing seasons.
Spring Blaze is a dry-hopped and unfiltered, Vienna-styled, multigrain lager. That’s quite a mouthful, but I assure you the beer is just as easy to drink as our Light Lager. Clocking in at 4.2% abv and 15 IBU, this beer delivers complex flavors from the diverse grain bill and is bursting at the seams with citrus aromas.
Lager is an immensely popular type of beer, usually characterized by a clean, crisp taste and high levels of carbonation. Pale lager is the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer in the entire world.
Lagers generally get a bad rap in America. They have garnered a reputation for being brewed in massive quantities with “cheaper” ingredients like corn and rice syrup. The reputation of the lager is made worse by massive companies who dominate the global beer market with strikingly similar lagers (but at least the commercials are funny). The lagers we brew at Elkmont Exchange are anything but cheaply made. Our craft Light Lager is brewed with Pilsen malts and flaked barley. Our Old Gold is brewed with Maris Otter (a premium English barley variety) and gets its gold color from Biscuit malts (a lightly kilned specialty malt).
Spring Blaze ups the ante because we include corn grown near Franklin, Tennessee and rye grown in North Carolina; both of which are collected and malted by the experts at Riverbend Malt House, in Asheville. I know what you’re thinking, he just said this wasn’t cheaply made, so why is there corn in this beer? It’s simple. The corn we have chosen is of the highest quality, and locally grown in Tennessee. The flavors we get from this ingredient add a lot of texture to what the mouth perceives as creaminess in the body of the beer. The rye we selected adds a subtle spiciness to the flavor profile, which further adds to the complexity. In previous blogs I’ve talked a lot about using as much regionally and locally sourced ingredients as possible. Sourcing ingredients like this locally is often twice as expensive when compared to more mass-produced items like corn & rice syrups. For us a small craft brewery, the cost is worth it, and I believe it truly shows in the finished product.
So, here’s to blazing into spring with a killer lager!
Nerd Stuff –
Grains: Pilsen, Vienna, Biscuit malts & flaked wheat. Riverbend malted corn (TN), Riverbend malted rye (NC) and Riverbend raw Calypso barley.
Hops: US Golding & Mandarina Bavaria