Greg Bowman is an Editor Producer with CNN Creative Services in Atlanta and is also a craft beer enthusiast. Follow his beer escapades on Twitter @gboCNN.
It might seem like there is a national beer holiday at least once a week, but today celebrates the nation's most popular beer style, lager.
Lagers are fermented slower and at a lower temperature than other beer styles. The large-scale, "macro" breweries obviously rule when it comes to this style, cornering about two-thirds of all beer sales with their light lagers. However, I hope some of you will celebrate today by trying something new. There are plenty of great tasting lagers out there that are in the style that you may be used to, but may have a bit more flavor, produced with better ingredients and brewed by American companies.
Yuengling is a family-owned brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania; it also happens to be the oldest brewery in the United States.
I have been a Yuengling fan since I began drinking beer. It was relatively cheap, tasted good and was available everywhere. As my palate and beer budget grew, I discovered the craft beer world, but I believe it was Yuengling that taught me that my beer should have flavor, color and still taste good when its not ice-cold.
Lagers are generally crisp, refreshing and over all very drinkable. Pilsners and Oktoberfest are other popular types of lager beers. Craft brewers are not just sitting back and letting the macro breweries have all of the lager fun. Here are five other lagers from some craft breweries that will quench your National Lager Day thirst:
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
New Belgium Shift
Victory Prima Pils
There are lots of really great lagers out there as long as you are not afraid to walk a little further down the beer aisle and discover something new. Let me know in the comments section how you're celebrating National Lager Day - cheers!
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