The 12 Best American Lagers of 2022
This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, a holiday honoring the contributions and achievements of the American worker.
In the United States, union leader Peter J. McGuire generally receives credit for suggesting the idea of a day honoring American workers in 1881. The next year, 10,000 workers held a parade in New York City to unofficially recognize the day. But it wasn't until 1894 that President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day an official federal holiday.
Culturally, Labor Day signifies the end of summer, giving Americans a final three-day weekend to enjoy the season.
Accordingly, it seems fitting that an American lager makes a perfect beer style to drink one, two, three, or more of this Labor Day holiday.
With a light body, little to no bitterness, and low ABV, American lagers are the easy-drinking beers you want at your picnic, pool party, or barbecue to give summer one last hurrah!
Plus, it's one of only a handful of styles American's can claim as their own (read: California common, Kentucky common, cream ale, American amber, American IPA, American pale ale, American brown ale, and American barleywine).
A Short History of the American Lager
We're greatly simplifying things here, but the general origin of the American lager comes from German immigrants, who brought recipes for European lagers over when they immigrated in the eighteenth century.
European lagers used a combination of corn and barley malt. But during World War II, the government rationed both of those grains, so American brewers started using rice instead.
Today, American lagers are characterized as being crisp, clean, light, and effervescent. Typically pouring out a straw to gold color, this beer style has little to no hop character and a fairly high carbonation.
American lagers are your beach crushers, party pounders, and crowd pleasers.
In other words, they're perfect for Labor Day.
Untappd's 12 Highest-Rated American Lagers of 2022
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