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Four fantastic lager-only breweries

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A handful of die-hard beer makers are sticking strictly to lagers, but they’re far from one-note outfits. Here, the lager-only breweries that almost make us forget what ales us:

Chicago

METROPOLITAN BREWING

Chicagoland taps are the only source for this two-year-old production brewery’s suds; don’t miss the versatile Dynamo Copper Lager, a Vienna style, and the seriously sessionable Krankshaft Kölsch.

Whitsett, N.C.

RED OAK BREWERY

Just three lagers—an amber, a helles and a bock—comprise the lineup at this Carolina outfit; Red Oak Amber, brewed with yeast from the Weihenstephan brewery, just debuted in bottles across the state.

Minneapolis

THE HERKIMER

This loosely German-styled brewpub outdoes its mac and cheese only with its beer. The brewing team scored GABF gold with its mellow Sky Pilot Kellerbier; we like the Gose Speziell Weizen, a tart wit-weizen hybrid.

Bellingham, Wa.

CHUCKANUT BREWERY & KITCHEN

Veteran brewer Will Kemper sneaks the occasional ale into his kettle, but lagers like the smooth, roasty Schwarzbier and the clean, toasty Altbier rule the six rotating taps.

 

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