For many years craft beer set itself up as the alternative to light lagers, deriding the style as yellow fizzy water. The pendulum has started to shift, the fastest growing segments of craft beer are now dominated by lighter lager styles like pilsner and Helles lager. These beers are inspired by the easy drinking but flavorful and nuanced lagers from Europe. There is a reason the light lager styles became so prevalent in the US after prohibition. Lots of people love boozy stouts and hop-bomb IPAs, but these aren’t always the best beers for a BBQ or tailgate. Some situations call for a full flavored lighter beer. It is no surprise that we are now seeing a bunch of lager-focused breweries to meet this demand. One local lager focused brewery is Dirigo Brewing out of Biddeford Maine. Dirigo brews a variety of lagers styles ranging from very traditional takes to Americanized versions. Their flagship beer is Dirigo Lager, a traditional Helles style brewed with European malts and noble hops. Dirigo Lager is available year-round on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
Dirigo Lager pours clear light orange with a small white head. The aroma is mild, some floral hops. This is a crisp, clean and very easy drinking lager. The light malts contribute notes of bread crust and cereal. This is complemented by grassy, herbal and earthy hops. Dirigo Lager finishes clean with minimal aftertaste and is sessionable at 4.7% ABV. This is a well crafted, easy drinking lager beer, perfect for warm summer days. Looking forward to drinking more Dirigo lagers in the future. I’m headed up to the lake in Maine this weekend, might grab a few of these to enjoy while I’m there! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.