Lager is the most commonly consumed beer style in the world. All the biggest beer brands are lagers from Budweiser and Carling to Heineken and Pilsner Urquell. When you think lager you think pale, straw coloured beer with a clean, crisp flavour served in a nonic pint glass – those glasses with a bulge at the top and were introduced to reduce breakage and nicks (“nonic”) in glasses when stacked. Lager is all of those things but a lot more besides.
Life is peppered with wonderful pairings: Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Laurel and Hardy, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, cheese and pickle… The list goes on. But swap pickle for beer and you really have a partnership that was meant to be together.
With Record Store Day upon us let’s take a moment to reflect on beer and music. The two have long enjoyed a relationship of mutual love and respect. It’s celebrated every year at events large and small from Inverness, through Cumbria’s Silloth, past Conwy in Wales, down to Hastings, East Sussex.