Session Lager by Braybrooke Beer Co
This is the definition of a lager made for drinking. Brewed with the same exacting standards and traditional methods as Braybrooke's Keller Lager, the Session Lager is in effect a mini-Pilsner. It is pale in colour and low in alcohol but still delivers the same delicious flavours and crisp finish that you would expect from a higher strength version.
The live tasting of this beer was on 8th July 2021 #BeerBods
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Founded in 2017 near Market Harborough in Leicestershire, Braybrooke Beer Co set out with one simple aim; To make really good Lager.
It’s rare to come across a brewery these days that dedicate themselves so wholeheartedly to one style of beer, but In the three and bit years they’ve been going, Braybrooke Beer Co have taken the UK beer industry by storm, developing a sparkling reputation for producing some of the best Lagers these shores have to offer.
Founders Luke Wilson, Nick Trower and Cameron Emirali had all worked in the hospitality industry for years before clubbing together to start Braybrooke back in 2017. Luke and Cameron own and run a successful restaurant in Soho while Nick runs a beer wholesaler called Biercraft. The trio are old friends and all had a passion for beer, but it wasn’t until a trip to Germany that the idea Braybrooke Beer Co was born.
“Our love of proper lager came from our travels in Germany where we met Stephan Michel, owner of Mahrs Brau in Bamberg. A brewery founded in 1670 and one of the highest-rated lager breweries in the world. We were hooked.”
After deciding to take the plunge, the team were quick to bring Stephan on board to help set up the brewery, utilising his knowledge and experience to help them bring their idea of a Lager only brewery to life. After the initial set up was done, Stephan handed over the reins to Braybrooke’s current head brewer, Mario Canestrelli, who adds a decade of experience and a strong passion for Bavaria and its beers.
When it comes to the beers, Braybrooke don’t mess around, staying true to the beers that first inspired them.
“Making the best lagers we can takes a lot of work, and it all starts with the best ingredients. To source these we have looked to one of the best lager-brewing countries in the World, Germany.
We only use malt from Franconia that we mill on-site, we import our classic German hop varieties directly from a renowned hop farm in Tettnang and our house lager yeast is grown for us in Bavaria and shipped overnight for maximum quality.”
After combining their ingredients with local Midlands water all of Braybrooke’s beers are laid down to mature in a process called Lagering. The beer is stored in horizontal tanks for a minimum of 30 days and is one of the most important steps in the whole process. The live yeast keeps working, naturally carbonating the beer and making the end product smoother and brighter.
For tonight’s beer, we have Session Lager. Luke introduces it for us.
“This is the definition of a lager made for drinking. Brewed with the same exacting standards and traditional methods as our Keller Lager, the Session Lager is in effect a mini-Pilsner. It is pale in colour and low in alcohol but still delivers the same delicious flavours and crisp finish that you would expect from a higher abv version. We use Franconian Pilsner and Munich malts, Spalt Select and Mandarina Bavaria hops along with our own house yeast to ensure this fresh take on premium lager might just be 3.8% ABV, but it’s 100% Braybrooke.”