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Lager tales #4: Baltic Porter

Baltic Porter - now that doesn't sound very lagery, now does it? Dark, roasty, heart warming, high ABV 8.1% beer, that is surprisingly easy drinkable! So come that this beer that looks - and sounds - a lot like the British porters, technically a lager? Well, have we got a story for you...

Let's start off with some theory. And for that we have to start with the term Porter. An old English working man's beer style that became very popular with the so-called street and river porters (carriers of stuff) of the time. And we can thank the British empire for carrying this beer style all over the world at the end of the 18th century. This wasn't particularly difficult for them since they practically owned half of the world back then,

and this fact combined with a keen business sense made it possible that porters started showing up all over the world, as well as the Baltic region. And those are some cold and dark countries, and naturally took a liking to a dark and cold beer style. "Keep 'em coming" is a much heard phrase in the Gdansk port around 1790 (true story). Technically the British porters were top-fermented and thus not really lagers. But when the Baltic brewers started copying their favorite beer style they made 'em bottom fermented, that makes it a lager, and not a porter. Also, don't confuse these with Russian imperial stouts, those are made in the nearby region as well but are also top-fermented and

drank at a much higher temperature. And now back to our own port, because that's where we make our lagers-are you still with me :)

There's a lot of ways you can go about making a Baltic porter, like adding some smoke, honey or chocolate, but we tried to copy it as good and natural as the Baltic brewers did with their version. And with 7 different kinds of malts, this is a high ABV beer that tastes like a low alcohol beer. So beware; it's only a porter by name, but a true lager by heart. Cheers!

more than meets the eye..

In 2020 we invested a serious amount of time in the development of a completely new Kompaan beer series: Four outspoken lagers designed by our brew team. All of these beers that are equally complex ánd easy to enjoy!

The Lager is a historical and beautiful beer style that’s just very underrated in the Dutch Craft Beer Landscape. So there’s a mission there! We’ve always had a lager in our Core Range beers: The Kompaan Kameraad, but now it’s time to kick it up a notch and with four new lagers on the horizon let’s see where this style will take us in 2022!

Lager Tales

In the beginning...

There's more than meets the eye with our new beer series. Follow our Lager Tales and become a Lager expert in no time!

Besides creating six super nice beers we’re also going to entertain you with all the know-how and facts and figures [either useful or not] we know about this style! There is quite literally - see what we did there - more than meets the eye with these cans, find out for yourself! By the way, did we mention that already? This is the first beer series by Kompaan that’s completely released on cans!

Lager tales #3: India Pale Lager

An India Pale… Lager?! Yep, that’s right: best of both worlds!

It’s like an IPA, but then bottom fermented and dry-hopped cold, sort of like with the Kameraad, only at even colder temperatures and with much more spicy, piney and grassy hops. Who knew messing with classics could turn out so great! Ice-cold and at just 4.7% - Bring on the sunshine!

Lager tales #2: A Märzen

The second installment of our new series “Lager Tales”is once again a classic lager style! Originally from Munich, this German style is characterized by a light amber color, malty mouthfeel and a crispy aftertaste. Brewed with more hops and a little bit higher alcohol percentage, so that it would have a longer shelf life and last until the Oktoberfest, where the Märzen would be served.

Lager tales #1: A smoked vienna lager

A gorgeous amber coloured lager with a rich and fat mouthfeel. It's just a shame it's so neglected in the modern craft beer landscape. However, this might not come as a surprise if you take a look at the science behind the Vienna Lager: First off, we've got gorgeous Vienna malts from Thomas & Fawcett in England. Vienna malts are a little darker, and kilned at much higher temperatures than the normal 65 to 85 degrees so you get a wide array of much more complex sugars than mal pilsner malts. A Vienna Lager also has a triple decoction scheme: the mash* is processed in three separate steps, where each step is boiled individually producing that a wide range of unfermentable dextrine chains* and trioses* getting a rich and toasted flavor that will follow through all the way to the end of the brew. We also adjusted the minerals and salts in our water to resemble that of Vienna, which has much more calcium than our standard water profile.

After an intense brew and at least 50 days of lagering we're very proud of this one, and we feel it's a fitting start of our 2021 lager revival tour. Cheers!

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