Fair Isle Releases First Lager
We are ecstatic to finally announce a new program that’s taken many conversations, trials, and hours of careful planning:
Fair Isle lagers
made with time honored traditions and Washington malts.
While we have brewed both complex oak-aged ales that inspire conversation as well as simpler saisons that are focused on easy drinking, we believe lagers are another nudge in expanding our offerings of easy drinking and everyday beer. We’ve been excited to offer stellar lager options from fellow Washington and Oregon-based breweries in the taproom, but now we’re proud to finally introduce the Fair Isle House Lager.
Brewed with 100% Washington malts from the fantastic @lincmalt, the main focus of our lager program is to place an emphasis on highly expressive, locally grown malts. After conversations and exploring grains with Brian of LINC Malts, we began to develop recipes based on classic lager traditions. Our first release is inspired by German-style Pilsner, using a combination of LINC’s Genie Pils and Baronesse Pils, and German Tettnanger hops sourced from Crosby Hops. For this batch, we used classic lager techniques like spunding (or naturally carbonating in the tank), slow crashing and extended lagering for 6 weeks to allow the yeast to express itself.
Ultimately, we are approaching our production of lager the same as we approach brewing saisons: using time as a crucial component, and employing old world techniques with Washington ingredients.
We’re proud of this new venture and eager to share these carefully crafted lagers with you, so come join us in the taproom this Friday and raise a mug with us!