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portland -

i enjoyed the bigger pictures.

Alan -

That is why I do the things I do, baby.

blork -

Does that mean it's "Yung-ling"in PA and "Ling-ling" elsewhere? (???)

Alan -

My studies have been severly incomplete and you have found me out. It appeared to be "ling-ling" to one Oswegan waiter.

Ale Fan -

I applaud your dedication - keep up the good work.

I presume the Yuengling Traditional Lager was lagered ?

Alan -

I like to think most lagers are.

Of note is south-eastern Pennsylvania as a hotbed of micro-lagering. As 97.6% of readers here know, lagering is a process of cool fermentation whereby beers gain a smoother style. Time is money and so is storage and refrigeration so lager simply costs more to make than ale and at a micro-brewery level that takes dedication and pocketbook. The Germans population of SE PA, however, had its taste buds made up long before the micro-brewery boom of the 80s and 90s so lagering it is. Elsewhere, the cross-styles of cream ale and steam ale took off in the eastern US and western US respectively which both use lager-style ingredients with techniques more at the ale end of the temperature scale. A middle ground between ale and lager which is not unlike the concept of Kolsch.

Alan -

It is an odd thing. You leave a beer alone in a fridge at the back for a few days and it seems to settle, get that bit colder. So I revisit the Yuengling Traditional Ale yesterday and it is all in balance, the sour yeast in tune with the metal hops. Another life lesson I had forgotten. Lagers need to be tippled colder than ales.

Alan -

Amish Pale Ale review added.

Alan -

Gold Star Pilsner.

Alan -

Ithaca Flower Power IPA added today.

Alan -

Had the last Yeungling the other day amongst a raft of porters and stouts and all it tasted like was Coke.

Alan -

Added the Tröegs Pale Ale review.

Alan -

Tröegs Bavarian Style Lager review is up and these six are done!

joke -

Good reviews!

Out here in the PA/NJ/NY area, Yuengling is the same price as Miller Lite. A half keg costs $60.

I can't say I regret moving to the US (from Canada) one bit. Well, at least as far as beer goes.

-- joke

Alan -

Thanks for saying so. What is half a keg, 10 US gallons or so?

joke -

I think it's about sixteen gallons. I bought one for a party once. It was too much.

Actually, the one thing I miss from British Columbia is humble old Okanagan Spring pale ale. I guess in Philly, pubs with draught St Bernardus 10 aren't uncommon and Unibroue is available on any street corner, so it's the simple things that give me pause.

Alan -

If a gallon is 3.5 litres and a litre is three bottles, then that is 168 beer for 60 USD or 75.50 CND. It would be way too much. But good value for way too much.

Flaszek -

W dobrej cenie są czeskie i polskie lagery