December 2018 Patron-only craft beer review

I know what you’re thinking: “That *&$@#%(!@$#@ St. Clair stiffed us on the December 2018 beer review!”

Jodie and I were indeed delayed in shooting it. We finally got it done and edited for you though, and I’m sorry it took so long. We’re getting a better groove on putting these together, and thank you for being patient and understanding.

So… Coastal Lager?


When a brewery releases a craft lager, you know they’re not messing around. But a brewery that brews NOTHING BUT lagers? Now that is amazing.

Craft lagers take longer to brew than ales, which makes them more expensive for breweries to produce. Craft lagers also focus on cleaner flavors, so a brewer’s skills and ingredients have to be really spot-on, because it’s hard to hide flaws.

As American craft beer really hit its stride around the middle 2000s, I paid particular attention to anytime breweries released craft lagers. Here in Eugene/Brewgene, we’ve seen lots more lagers crop up the past few years. Up the road in McMinnville, Oregon, in the heart of Oregon wine country, Heater Allen has been specializing in craft lagers since 2007.

And their Coastal Lager is a big fave here at Beer Writer/Master Crafter HQ. Find out why!

Like/dislike craft lagers? Why? What’s your fave?

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See you next time 🙂