I love lagers. Not that they are “better” than the ales that got me into craft beer in the first place, but there is still something about an easy drinking, smooth beer that provides a solid thirst quenching glass of refreshment. I keep hoping that we’re going to get a brewery that opens to focus solely on lagers. Yet, truth be told, when I take a step back and look at the bigger picture we’ve got a hell of a selection of lagers already.
Maybe I need to remember exactly how many, and how great the ones that we already have really are. The latest label approval from Christian Moerlein looks like a great example of one of those beers that should be able to remind me.
I’ve talked about Christian Moerlein’s select lager here before. It was a big step for what beer was in Cincinnati when it was released back in 1981. Not only did the beer help bring back a historical brand when Hudepohl released it, it also signaled a new era of brewing, even if it might have been a little ahead of its time in Cincinnati. The beer was about being easy drinking, refreshing and approachable, while not sacrificing on ingredients flavor or personality. Select Lager was a craft beer before that was a ‘thing’ in Cincinnati.
In 1981, Cincinnati beer was dying. Hudepohl tried to define who Cincinnati was by looking back at who they used to be. In a lot of ways Christian Moerlein is still doing that today. They have fully embraced what modern craft beer is (even releasing a NE IPA recently) while, there is still a big part of their personality that resides in pre-prohibition Cincinnati.
It all brings us to this release.
The latest can label to get approval directly calls back to that Select Lager from 1981. While a label approval, of course, doesn’t always mean that we will see that beer released, or tell us anything about when we might if we do. This is a fun one that I had to talk about. Let’s read:
In 1981 Moerlein’s Select Lager paved the way for craft beers as one of the first craft lagers in the USA. With a blend of Vienna and select specialty malts, this copper colored lager is brewed to pay homage to Moerlein’s Original Lager of the 1850s. Mellow malty notes with a lightly toasted character and floral noble hops lead you to a clean and crisp finish. Grab friends and offer a Prost to this great lager of today.
The artwork on the label is the old “Christian Moerlein Girl” that also graced the label of that Select Lager… it all comes full circle. I am thrilled to get my hands on this, for a lot of different reasons. Yes… I love the idea of tying the past of Cincinnati to the present, but the biggest reason? I love a good, well rounded lager as the weather starts warming up.