Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Lagers kind of get knocked around by beer geeks these days. Perhaps because they're associated with the tasteless beers of the big brewers, or perhaps because lagers tend not to be in-your-face aggressive and are instead a more nuanced, subtle avenue of the beer world, they are too often dismissed as not worthy of consideration. That is, of course, nonsense, as Blue Point’s Toasted Lager proves. Operating out of Long Island, N.Y., Toasted Lager is Blue Point’s flagship beer in the same way lager is Yuengling’s. With malts that suggest buttered toast, English muffins and scones, along with a slight touch of toffee and caramel — but ever so slight! — this is a beer that showcases why a great lager should be celebrated. It drinks easy and yet still reveals great layers of taste if you’re willing to pay attention. Toasted Lager is sometimes available at Percy Street Barbecue and Garrett Hill Ale House.