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This dark-style lager from the Church Brew Works won a Great American Beer Festival 2012 silver medal and is based on a 150-year-old recipe from Munich, Germany. This version is slightly darker and surprisingly easy drinking with a low ABV and crisp finish.
The main difference of Augsburger beer lies in the process of how it was made: instead of following the typical Bavarian decoction mash, historic sources describe a unique method that was only practiced in this form in Augsburg.
In addition to the different approach to mashing, the beer was also treated differently when filled into casks: as in other parts of Bavaria, the wooden casks in Augsburg were pitched. But while in other regions the pitch was allowed to cool down, in Augsburg the beer was filled into the casks when the pitch is still burning hot. This was said to give the beer of Augsburg its peculiar flavor that distinguished it from the rest of Bavaria.
This recipe is featured in the September/October 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.
Michael Wilcox of Wichita, KS, member of the Wichita Homebrewers Organization (WHO), won a gold medal in Category #4: Dark Lager during the 2014 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Grand Rapids, MI. Wilcox’s Dark Lager was chosen as the best among 166 final round entries in the category. Read More
This beer recipe is featured in the July/August 2006 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership, along with access to the online digital archive.
AHA founder Charlie Papazian shares the story behind this uniquely-named dark lager:
"The origins of the recipe were brewed as a German-style dunkel (dark) lager, but my recipe has morphed into a life of its own (or maybe my own). A bit too dark, cocoa-like with a hefty foundation of hop character, it defines its own style. And, well, because I'm Armenian and I can, I've named it Springside Armenian Dunkel because it is springtime as I enjoy the latest glassful."
Jeff Koehler of Pasadena, CA, member of the Yeastside Brewers, won a gold medal in Category #4: Dark Lager during the 2012 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Seattle, WA. Koehler’s Dark Lager was chosen as the best among 162 final round entries in the category. Read More
Eric Anderson of Saint Paul, MN, member of the Saint Paul Homebrewers Club, won a gold medal in Category #4: Dark Lager during the 2008 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Cincinnati, OH. Anderson’s Dark Lager was chosen as the best among 158 final round entries in the category. Read More