Black’s Lager is everything it claims to be on the label – "crisp, clean, dry" – however, there is subtle nuance and technique for the observant to unearth. Aromas of sweet malt, muted citrus and faint floral characters lead to similar flavours. The double decoction mash technique and Spalt hops are decidedly German, but the 15 percent rice in the grain bill is a nod to not only the crisp Japanese lager style but also the previous owner of the original Black Brewing kit. In a further twist, enzymes are employed to reduce the gluten, which adds to its crisp, dry finish.
Taken together, it makes the Lager a clean drinking interpretation of a classic style that will surely sate the masses that descend on the brewery during the warmer months, some of whom may like to note that the beer collected a gold at the inaugural Indies awards in 2018.
Indies 2018 – Gold