Lagunitas Pils Pilsner, Czech Style
Sonoma County. Larger like you like it. Established in 1993. In the beginning; There were ales. As far as anyone knows, the very first beers made were top fermented, which is longhand for Ale. Sometime before the 1860's, beers became popular that were made in Northern Europe with a bottom fermenting yeast strain that liked the colder local temperatures. Because they had to spend weeks aging before they tasted their best, they were known as Lager beer. Lager is a German word for storage. Since they had to sit a while, they took up more time and space and as such were tougher and more expensive to make. But they were crisp and light and you could slam them down if you wanted to. While ales are meaty, lagers are sinewy. Where ales are street, lagers are haute couture. Where an ale might hit you over the head and take your wallet, lagers donate to charity and adopt stray cats. While an ale might steal your car or try to date your daughter and keep her out all night doing who-knows-what, a well-bred lager would offer to clean your house while you're on vacation and leave fresh scones and coffee for you when you return. Now, don't get us wrong, ales can be a lot of fun to hang out with when you're in the right mood, and if you've got bail money on you. But what's wrong with livin' uptown from time to time, on a nice street, where the doormen all wear those little uniforms, the air smells of flowers, and lagers rule the Earth. Cheers!