There country is Germany and they have many variations and funs in all over the world. They could be characterized as the beginning of globalization when many years ago there were many people that were producing or importing Lager beer. Lagers currently hold the majority of the beer market, about 90%. Is one of the two main categories of beer, when Ale comes second.
Lager type was found by German brewers, who during the brewing stored it in natural places, such as caves of barrels with beer in order to mature. The results of that process were to produce the final product, cleaner and less sensitive to infections. That process was named lagering from the German word Lagerung (=stocking) and that’s where Lager took its name.
Visitors at Oktoberfest, consuming HB Lager
There are historical references about the particular production process during Charlemagne and Napoleon times. Like all pioneer and innovative events of that time, met with resistance from traditional breweries. Mistrust reached to the point that producers of beer followed the new process had to produce their product outside the city walls. As the new process over the years expand from Germany all over the world, experiencing great grow in America, where important basics were build for modern production. The brewer John Wagner, build the first brewery, which produced lager in Philadelphia of United States, where he was using wrists that he brought with him from Bavaria. In 1953 the New Zealander inventor Morton W. Coutts developed a process known as “continuous fermentation”. This development led to increased production of Lager, having as a disadvantage the reducing the quality of the beer taste.
With the term Lager, today we characterize the beers which:
We can easily consider as Lager beers that are very high in alcohol percentage, such as the Samichlaus which normaly belongs in the Doppelbock category. During the paste decades the competition was hard especially among Lager pieces, where the winner was mainly the blond Lager. The last years returns to the spotlight the dark Lager (Dunkel Lager). Almost all the Bavarian breweries produce dark Lager. The alcohol percentage of the dark lager is approximately at 5%. The most famous dark lager is HB. Lagers have a special category according to the prototypes that are produced and that’s called Münchner Lager and it came’s from the homonymous town.
Depending on their sub category, Lagers are served with only a few degrees difference. A blond Lager is served between 2-4°C, a Premium or an American is served between 4-7°C. When we say 2 or 3°C we don’t mean from the freezer. We mean from the fringe which is programmed a bit cooler form the environment or in warmer seasons, so that they have time to reach the proper temperature during consumption.
Chicken Souvlaki with greens and tzatziki
We can combine them easily with the Greek cuisine, where dominates the fish. They fit with meat as well as with chicken. Besides their taste are very common for the Greeks. The carbonate, the taste which is not very sour and aromas brings immediately in our minds the image of the Greeks with a Lager on their hand. Lager is the beer that fits with our traditional salad and souvlaki. Is a beer that we drink during our nights our or at home when we are watching football.
The most famous Lagers that we could meet in our country are: Amstel, Asahi, Bierre du Demon, Bierre du Desert, Birra Moretti, Bud, Budweiser Budvar, Carib, Carlsberg, Corona, Desperados, Fischer Tradition, HB Dunkel, HB Festbier, HB Original, Heineken, Holsten, Kronenburg 1664, Kozel Dark, Lapin Kulta, Miller, Paulaner Original, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Samuel Adams, Sapporo και Stella Artois.
The Greek attempts are not bad at all. Alfa, Vergina, Fix Hellas, Mythos Volkan Blonde and Berlin are beers that we can find in many places around Greece. Not so often we could find Corfu Lager, Zeos, Zythos VAP, Alfa Strong and Thita. Additionally in the Greek efforts we should not forget the Fix Dark, Volkan Black and STATUS Deluxe beer. As well as the Βεργίνα Red and BIOS5. Finishing up we should mention that an effort of exportation is going on which is in a good level if we consider the fact that Alfa, Mythos and Fix can be found more and more frequently in international tourist guides! Unfortunately we should also mention and some labels that do not exist in the market any more. Those are Craft Lager, Mythos Red and ΝΕΔΑ.
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