Beer Guys Radio recently announced its Best of Georgia Beer 2018, an annual poll that asks Georgia beer fans to vote for their “favorite beers, breweries, brewpubs, beer bars, bottle shops, beer fests, and even their favorite homebrewer.”
Some 2,000 fans voted in the poll. And, as usual, the results seemed to skew toward the tastes of avid beer collectors and traders, who tend to value the rare and the unusual over year-round and core brands.
One big surprise, though, was the choice of Creature Comforts Classic City Lager as the Best Lager in Georgia.
And in honor of that vote, Classic City Lager is this week’s Beer Pick.
Classic City Lager
Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Athens
Available on draft and in six- and 12-pack cans
My new favorite in the Creature Comforts year-round lineup, Classic City Lager is sure to please fans of pale or light lagers as much it seems to have alienated some local craft beer lovers. Described on the can as “clean, crisp, and easy-drinking,” at 4.2 percent alcohol, it’s also promoted with the slogan “good cold beer.”
As such, Classic City is all about about refreshment. But it’s made with high quality ingredients, including malted barley and German Saphir and Hallertau Blanc hops. And other than a touch of flaked wheat, it contains no adjuncts, such as rice or corn. To me, it’s delicious in a subtle way, recalling all the uncomplicated pleasures of “beer-flavored beer.” As a bonus, it’s priced to compete with mass-produced light lagers.
Like all pale lagers, Classic City is super food friendly, showing it’s versatility by offering a pure, simple compliment to everything from pizza, Mexican food and pub grub to fried calamari, fresh-shucked oysters, and even caviar.
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