“We’re largely unconscious. You know, we operate half awake or on autopilot and end up, whatever, with a house and family and job and everything else, and we haven’t really stopped to ask ourselves, ‘How did I get here?’.” ~David Byrne
“Didn’t I open this place to get away from these beers…?”
~Phil “Brewdaddy” Bannatyne
Ironically named indeed, as in this case to remain in light would be to perpetuate appreciation of perhaps the most maligned beer style in the craft brewing world, the American Light Lager. Further, its name is an obvious reference to one of the late 20th Century’s greatest albums by Talking Heads. A groundbreaking record, it pushed musical boundaries by blending American punk, funk, and early rap with Afrobeat’s polyrhythms and lyrical inspiration from African literature, improvisation, and the cut-up method developed by Brion Gysin and Gil Wolman. Psychoanalyst Michael A. Brog called its front cover a “disarming image, which suggests both splitting and obliteration of identity” and which introduces the listener to the album’s recurring theme of “identity disturbance.”
Lest you fear the CBC Brew Crew is suffering a similar identity crisis, rest assured that we have full control of our faculties. The simple truth is that these beers are remarkably easy to drink and perfect for enjoying as we ride the cusp of summer-into-autumn weather. Moreso, while light lagers may be easy to create in the purpose-built industrial breweries across the land, they are very challenging to produce on a small-scale system like ours. And we are always up for a challenge.
Remain In Light is brewed with pilsner malt and flaked rice, hopped with Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Hallertauer, and fermented cold and lagered with the famous lager yeast from Augustiner. Bitterness and body are intentionally higher than typically found in those beers made by our macro contemporaries. Clean malty cereal grain sweetness is delicate but noticeable, while spicy herbal hop notes spread across the palate and linger through a bracing bitter finish. Our choice of serving glass, a 12 oz. flute, serves to keep the beer colder while preparing you for the second round. Hold this beer up to the light and ask yourself, “Where does that highway lead to?”
OG: 1.038 FG: 1.007 ABV: 4.0%
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at CBC. Pours a lightly hazed gold with a thin white head. Light cereal and mash notes on the nose, grain, yeast, lemon. Soft and musky grain, chewy and toasty. Grainy and earthy, soft musk and crisp crackery yeast. Light sweetness, a touch of yeast. Light and dry, gentle grain.
DrinkEmUpJones (1055) - Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, light yellow with white lacing. Musky, floral aroma; flavors of lemon peel, basement and yeast with a very light metallic overtone. Solid for the style.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft in a sampler at the brewpub. Pours a pale gold with a small white head that leaves some lace. Notes of straw, bread, pale malts, sugar, crackers, and citrus. Light-bodied, with low carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.
Loineshawn (3007) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at cbc. Clean crisp dry fresh cut grass, touch of resin, bright lemongrass. Cracker malts. Refreshing. Quite dry. Nice sessionable lager. Place holder for some clever talking heads reference.
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