A cross-street collaboration: London Lager. But what’s that?

Lowercase Brewing and Machine House Brewery release London Lager



London is a city not commonly associated with lagers. People more commonly associate that city with beers like porter, pale ale, bitter, and dark mild. I suppose you could say the same thing about Machine House Brewery, which focuses on properly poured, traditional English ales. Lowercase Brewing and Machine House Brewery recently teamed up to create a London Lager. That is, it’s a lager-style beer brewed using English ingredients: malt and hop varieties more commonly used for ales and not lagers.

London Lager is now available at both breweries’ taprooms. It’s not uncommon that these two breweries to collaborate on a beer; they are across-the-street neighbors and have done this a few times before.

Those familiar with Machine House Brewery and its fierce dedication to creating authentic English-style beers probably know that Bill Arnott, the owner/brewer, is a native of England. Turns out, the particular type of malt used in London Lager actually comes from his particular neck of the woods, just “a bicycle ride away from where Bill grew up.”


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Here is the story behind this annual collaboration project and this year’s resulting beer – London Lager.

From Machine House Brewery:


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“Our annual collaboration with our wonderful neighbors @lowercasebeer is back for 2022, and tasting better than ever. After a fair bit of recipe experimentation in the last few years, we decided with John to go super classic this time. A well-balanced Lager brewed with a base of Maris Otter and English Lager Malt, and hopped with Fuggles and East Kent Goldings. A simple recipe allowing traditional ingredients to shine (along with the delicious characteristics of John’s super secret decoction methods…)”

“Like the last few years, we have the unique pleasure of pouring the London Lager on cask in our taproom, as well as being available in cans. Look out for draft over at Lowercase and around town!”


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“Cheers and congrats to @lowercasebeer on their anniversary, thanks for always being down for brewing some Lager with us!”

From Lowercase Brewing:

“We can’t help ourselves. It’s been four years in a row now, in what has become an annual collaboration and celebration of ingredients grown in the UK. This year, we present a little something new as well as a “Return to Innocence,” as Enigma would sing (something about 4 years that brings out the Pure Moods in us…DON’T JUDGE!)”

“This will be the first year we employed Crisp’s floor-malted Maris Otter along with Simpson’s lager malt. Crisp is just a bicycle-ride away from where Bill grew up! For the hops, we decided to return to our very first year, the only one that was never canned…Fuggle and East Kent Goldings…only the best that the UK has to offer. We’re both enamored with these hops; so much so that Bill likes to throw around the idea of a Fuggle-only beer festival. Pshh…duh, yes Bill…let’s do it!”

“We won’t get sad and mushy this time and ask you to drink more cask beer, because you are! We all know it’s because of Bill’s authenticity and hard work. Thank you for giving English beers a chance, let’s keep it up! Now on tap and available for pick up at the taproom!””

For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.



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