Why We Make Lagers
Smoother. Perfectly-Balanced. Naturally Carbonated.
here are two classes of beer, ales and lagers. While there are many fine ales, Saxer is Oregon’s only microbrewer dedicated exclusively to lagers. What’s the difference?
Ales are easier to make. Most are made in about 7-to-10 days. They are made with top-fermenting yeast, at warmer temperatures. Many ales are brewed to accent bitterness. Because of the quick brewing cycle, most ales are artificially carbonated by CO2 gas just before bottling.
Lagers at Saxer Brewing takes 30 to 60 days to make. We use bottom-fermenting yeast, and cold-condition the beer down to 32-degrees. The benefits of lagering are a balance and smoothness unmatched by most ales. You taste the crisp flavor of the hops in perfect balance with the rich character of the barley malts. And, the longer aging process allows time to carbonate the beer naturally.