From Toronto Ontario’s Mill Street Brewery comes their “100th Meridian Organic Amber Lager”. The beer pours a golden amber colour with a lightly off white head. The aroma consists of grainy malts, mild citrus and some grassy hops. The flavour is of citrus, fruits, grainy malts, caramel and very mild hops. The alcohol content comes in at 5% with an IBU of 24. For an amber lager this beer has a pretty good amount of things going on. The flavour is big enough I could see myself grabbing anouther bottle.
Commercial Description: Our organic barley comes from the Great Plains of Canada and I have had an opportunity to go and meet the farmers that grow this organic grain for us and they are amazing people. These fine folks have taken one step back and are doing things the right way. This is an American-style craft lager brewed with pale and amber malts and a whole lot of American west coast hops (all of the organic barley malt, hops and yeast come from west of the 100th Meridian–thus the name) to give it a wonderful character that’s 100% organic. It is a truly Canadian craft brew that combines the “best of the west” ingredients, a unique recipe and classic Mill Street smoothness.
Food pairing as per brewery: With grilled light meat/poultry, corn tortillas and mild salsa, medium cow’s milk cheese
From Fort Worth Texas’s Rahr & Sons Brewing Company comes their “Buffalo Butt Amber Lager”. Thanks to my Aunt for picking up this bottle for me in Texas before heading to BC recently! This amber lager pours a deep amber colour with a white head. The aroma consists of caramel and grainy malts. The flavour is of candied caramel, malts that are sweet but not overly and a mild hops bitterness. This lager drinks far more like an ale than a lager. The alcohol content comes in at 4.5% with an IBU of 25. This is a very nice lager that does not fail to excite the taste buds like so many on the market today.
Commercial Description: Legend has it that back in the 1840’s, a group of cowboys hanging out at one of the many bars in Fort Worth’s “Hell’s Half Acre” would quench their thirst while telling tales of their buffalo hunting days. When one of the cowboys said a nice, cold beer was the only thing that could make him forget the often-viewed sight of a buffalo’s butt, the local brewmaster laughed and vowed to create Buffalo Butt beer to commemorate the posterior of the prairie’s most majestic beast. Today, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. continues this fine tradition with our own recipe for Buffalo Butt beer – a rich, amber lager that doesn’t require months on a dusty trail, gazing at a buffalo’s hindquarters to be enjoyed.
Food pairings as per the brewery: Buffalo Butt pairs well with Cajun and Mexican food. Of course we also think it’s the perfect beer to be served with a rump roast, but that’s only because we’ve never really grown up. Monterey Jack, Gruyere.
From Big Ridge Brewing in Surrey comes the “Slovenian Amber Lager”. The beer pours an amber colour with a creamy white head. The aroma consists of malty, sweetness, citrus and floral hops. This is a pretty complex lager with lots of malts, some citrus notes and a tone of hops bitterness. This is a very good Lager and not at all what I expected. The alcohol content is 5.5% and the IBU is roughly around 28.
Description from Teriq Khan the Brewmaster: “Slight bitter attack with a spicy, herbal hop finish and caramel malt backbone. Hop forward beer brewed in the tradition of Vienna, Munich, and Pilsener Lagers” via Twitter.