Book Review: 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio by Rick Armon

Rick Armon, from the Akron Beacon Journal, has just released his new book 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio (buy it on Amazon). This book takes a look at Rick’s list of 50 must-try beers from around the state. From the weird to the extreme, to beers with great stories, and some beers that are almost inarguably The Best, at least based on medal counts, though someone will always try to argue it.
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Dark Lagers: For the Love of Lagers! Part 2

With Bockfest happening this weekend, a celebration of amber and dark lagers, it’s time for me to finish this post that I’ve stewed on for a few months now. Last June I wrote a plea for fellow craft beer enthusiasts to embrace the Love of Lagers. I realized then that far too many folks think lager = pilsner = Budweiser and nothing else.

Lager just means that the wort ferments into beer with a yeast that prefers cooler temperatures around 35° – 40° Fahrenheit over weeks or months. To contrast that, ale yeast likes to ferment around 64 – 70 degrees for a week or two. On top of that, there seems to be a pervasive idea that lagers have to be a pale yellow color. Today we’re going to dispel the notion that all lager style beers are flavorless yellow fizz by highlighting a few different darker lager styles.

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