In a 'craft' beer culture awash with eee-puhs (IPAs), it's refreshing (pun intended) to find one well-made lager.* And here's one: Lake House Lager, on draught under a tent in the wonderful Bier Garten (beer garden) at Capital Brewery, in Middleton, Wisconsin, on 24 July 2016.
Capital Brewery was an early entrant in the 'craft' beer milieu, opening in 1986 (then known as microbreweries), a lager-predominant brewery for much of its three decades, although producing ales as well.
Its Lake House is golden hued with good carbonation and head retention; crisp with some DMS (dimethyl sulfide) —in non-geek speak, a corn-like flavor; off-dry malt tasty (with hints of honey and lemon zest); and it did "quench my thirst on a warm (humid) sunny day." 4.6% alcohol-by-volume (abv) and 18 International Bittering Units (IBUs).
But damn, I dislike beer in plastic. Under the heat of the sun, it always seems to pick up a rubber-like flavor.
- More pics of Capital (and a few other Wisconsin breweries): here.
- * Yes, I admit it. I wrote that first phrase, "In a 'craft' beer culture awash with eee-puhs," slavishly derivative of the late, great movie trailer voice-over artist, Don LaFontaine.
- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos, usually posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as the subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
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