Catawba Releases Dortmunder Export Lager

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Catawba Releases Dortmunder Export Lager

New German-Inspired Catawba Small Batch

The latest small batch release from Catawba Brewing is an oft-forgotten style, the Dortmunder Export, a classic European pale lager.

First brewed in Dortmund, Germany in 1873, this blue-collar beer was a direct response to the growing popularity of the Bohemian Pilsner. The new lager quickly gained a following among industrial workers, as the local dark wheat ale fell out of favor. In the process, it helped establish Dortmund as an early commercial brewing center, led by Dortmunder Union, Germany’s largest brewery.

Catawba’s Small Batch Dortmunder Export Lager (6.0 percent ABV) is a faithful rendition of the style, brewed with old world ingredients, slow-fermented at cool temperatures. A bit higher in ABV (“export strength”) than the Pilsner, the styles share a distinctive clean, crisp character, with a soft, rounded mouthfeel. The biscuit notes of the German malts are balanced by Noble hops, lending a dry, lightly herbal finish.

Dortmunder Export Lager is Passport Beer 23 in Catawba’s 2017 Small Batch rewards program. Brewed in the Asheville South Slope brewhouse, the beer will be available in Catawba’s Asheville and Morganton tasting rooms on Thursday, June 8. A portion of proceeds from this beer will benefit Pints for Pirouettes, a fundraising initiative of the Asheville Area Arts Council for the local dance community. The Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance will perform at Catawba’s South Slope location on the release day at 7:30pm.

Look for the new beer to arrive in Catawba’s Charlotte tasting room and in limited distribution by Tuesday, June 13.

Ken Ulmer

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