Wagner Valley Brewing Company - Dockside Amber Lager

Wagner Valley Brewing Company - Dockside Amber Lager

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United States

Alcohol by Volume:

4.5%

Wagner Valley Brewing Company - Dockside Amber Lager

  • Alcohol by Volume: 4.5%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 27
  • Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
Dockside Amber Lager is a malty, full-bodied Vienna style lager. Its strong malt body and aroma are derived from generous amounts of Vienna and Caramel malts. Dockside is hopped with both Tettnanger and Hallertau hops. Look for a clean malty nose up front that hints of hop spiciness. Note a clearly malt-dominated body in this medium-bodied, filtered, amber lager. The finish is clean, crisp, and sweet. Overall, a classic representation of a difficult style to brew.
Bill Wagner opened the Wagner Brewing Co., the newest addition to Wagner Vineyards, two years ago. Wagner, a lifelong resident of Seneca Lakes, started growing grapes in the 1940s. He began plans for his winery in 1976, and three years later, the winery opened in Lodi, N.Y. Wagner wines have been recognized for their superior quality since the vineyard's inception.

After years of enjoying beer with his crew every grape harvest, Wagner decided to open a microbrewery. He soon added a 20-barrel, German style brewhouse to his winery, with an annual capacity of 3,500 barrels. Brewmaster Andrew Cummings is dedicated to maintaining Wagner's standards of excellence and has created six different beers: Grace House Honey Wheat, Mill Street Pilsner, Dockside Amber Lager, Seneca Trail Pale Ale, Captain Curry's ESB and Caywood Station Stout, all of which are distributed regionally.

The Wagner Valley Brewery was open for only a year when its flagship beer, Dockside Amber Lager, won a gold medal at the 1998 Great American Beer Festival. It is brewed in a three-vessel, steam-fired brewhouse, using a four-step temperature program. Brewers ferment Dockside for seven days at 11° C, after which it is lagered for a minimum of four weeks, rounding out its delicate malt/hop characteristics.

For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (607) 582-6450 or check out their web site at www.interlakes.com.
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