Dortmunder Lager by Cotswold Brew Co
Hoppy like a pilsner, balanced with the bold malt character of Helles, this 3 month matured Dortmunder is based on the first famous pale lager from Germany. Brewed with Styrian Fox and Herkules hops which give this lager notes of citrus, pine, and subtle black pepper.
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British Lager has undergone something of a resurgence over the last decade, in no small part due to pioneers like the rather eccentric husband and wife team that is Rick and Emma Keene, who founded Cotswold Brew Co in 2005.
Rick had 10 years of brewing experience and a brewing degree under his belt when he found a Cotswold stone barn in the rather idyllic setting of Bourton-on-the-Water (it’s as nice as it sounds) and filled it with a brewery.
The word lager comes from the German word ‘lagern’, meaning ‘to store’. A typical mass-produced lager might take between 2-4 weeks to lager and mature before being bottled. Recently, Rick and the team at Cotswold Brew Co have begun to experiment with specialist lagers and longer maturation, which involves leaving the fermented lager in conditioning tanks at a constantly low temperature for months on end. The result is complex flavours you just wouldn’t normally associate with this style of beer.
Tonight’s beer has been lagered for 3 months and hopped with Slovenian Fox and German Herkules hops, which provide the best of both Pilsner and Helles lager styles. Clean and crisp with the hops and malt shining through to create a balanced lager. The extra time in the tank adds to the full-bodied mouthfeel.
It’s an original take for the UK market, and is helping build a renewed interest in lager amongst the craft beer community. Others in the range include an Imperial Pilsner (7.3%, lagered for 9 months), Munich Helles (6.5%, lagered for 8 months) and a Double IPL (6.3%, lagered for 5 months). Cotswold Brew Co, along with others, are breathing new life into the classic styles.
The longer maturation project is just one of Rick’s many ideas to reinvigorate the classic lager style. A brewery extension will soon follow, providing greater distribution and an opportunity to bring more of his ideas to life. We’re looking forward to trying them.