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Schell’s launches Czech Dark Lager

April 11, 2012
The Journal

NEW?ULM - The August Schell Brewing Company has released Czech Dark Lager, the fifth beer to be produced in the Stag Series. The Stag Series is a collection of limited edition, experimental brews released periodically throughout the year.

Brewmasters at Schell's drew their inspiration from the famous house beer at U Fleku, the world's oldest brewpub located in Prague, Czech Republic.

"We tried to keep this brew as traditional as possible," said brewer Jace Marti. "We used a special floor-malted, Bohemian Pilsner malt that was hand-turned at an original floor malting facility in the Czech Republic."

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August Schell Brewing Company has released Czech Dark Lager.

Schell's also kept with tradition by using a decoction mash - a long, energy intensive process that was first used before temperature controls were widely available. This mashing method helps to give the beer a rich, full body. The beer was then hopped with the spicy Czech Saaz hop, fermented with a Czech lager yeast and stored at freezing temperatures for a crisp dry finish.

Schell's Czech Dark Lager is a medium-bodied Czech specialty that has a dry, toasted, dark bready malt character and spicy earthiness. It has a pleasant aroma of fresh grain with hints of licorice and dark fruit.

The Czech Dark Lager is the fifth beer to be produced within the Stag Series. Schell's launched the series with Barrel Aged Schmaltz's Alt, followed by a Wild Rice Farmhouse Ale, then a Rauchbier (smoked beer) which was declared one of the best Rauchbiers in the country by Modern Brewery Age, followed by a nearly extinct style of beer, the Burton Ale.

Schell's is the second-oldest, family-owned brewery in the United States, and the oldest brewery in Minnesota. Established in 1860, this year marks the 152nd year of operation for the brewery. Schell's is a German style brewery that specializes in craft beers.

In addition to its line of award winning specialty beers, the August Schell Brewing Company also produces Grain Belt Premium, Grain Belt Premium Light, and Grain Belt Nordeast.



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