Hanabi Lager – Spring 2021
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This edition of Hanabi Lager is brewed with a variety of barley called Barke, grown in eastern Germany. As a springtime barley, it was planted in April, and harvested in August or September. A classic German brewing variety, it brings strong aromatics and power, while at the same time an openness and sense of levity. With this grain, we brewed a Vienna-style Lager, a slightly more malt-forward style than Pilsner, to lean into this barley’s natural strengths. This approach produces a rich golden-colored lager beer with a light natural turbidity that we prefer to leave intact as a signature of this delicious grain, and a persistent cream-colored fine-grained head. Opening with highly aromatic sweet-straw, spearmint, baking spices, and warm cedar, overtones of fresh spring earth come up, bringing a sense of vitality and vibrancy. With a strong mid-palate and a powerful initial approach, the beer transitions into a very fresh, long finish.