August 29, 2011

Toasted Lager from Blue Point Brewing Company

By Guest Reviewer Jim Walter
of Chittenango, New York

In honor of spending a rainy, hurricane Irene induced summer Sunday inside, I figured it was time to guest review another New York State beer.  Taking my inspiration from the hurricane, and its impact on NY’s Long Island, a beer from Blue Point Brewing Company is in order.  I headed down to the beer fridge in the basement and was rewarded with a bottle of Toasted Lager.  Blue Point also makes Hoptical Illusion which I reviewed a couple of months ago and a Blueberry Ale that is a favorite of my wife.

The beer pours into a chilled pint glass with about 2 inches of head.  It presents with a beautiful copper color and a well balanced taste that is derived from its use of six different malts. It is a very drinkable beer and it is the flagship of this growing Long Island brewery.   The beer has won a lot of hardware for the brewery including a golf medal at the World Beer Cup. 

With an ABV of 5.5% this beer is easy to enjoy on its own, or with food.  I find it to be especially perfect on a summer night sitting by the campfire.  Not too heavy, but something that kicks the fizzy yellow stuff to the curb.  As a classic American Amber Lager, this beer is also perfect for the person who wants to get into craft beer, but is afraid of the hoppiness that may come with that territory.  This beer is widely available on the East Coast and you will find it at all the finer beer stores. 

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