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Tröegs Brewing Company Scratch #60

A highlight of the Tröegs Brewing Company, at least for people who have the privilege of living nearby (looking at you, Kenton Martin), is their collection of Scratch beers.  Tröegs’ Scratch beer collection is a series of beers which allows the company to experiment with new techniques and ingredients for their beers, while making these (mostly) delicious experiments available in limited quantities for public consumption.  Tröegs also notes that these beers are only available for consumption in their tasting room, or sometimes bottled and sold in their brewery store (which we had an awesome time visiting).  Guest contributor Brad Moyer’s own Triple Mango IPA was featured as Tröegs Scratch #58, which unfortunately I have yet to try.  Perhaps someday we’ll see it again!

While I may have missed out on Brad’s, I’ve had the privilege of trying a number of these Scratch beers thus far, and have greatly enjoyed most of them.  I love the stuff that Tröegs makes, and tasting the results of their experimentation is always an exciting experience.  Below, I take a look at one of their more recent Scratches – #60, Spring Fest Lager.

Tröegs Brewing Company Scratch #60 – Spring Fest Lager
Pours a dark golden-brown, which colors the head a bit itself. The head dissipates quickly, and the beer laces minimally on the way down. The standard white Scratch bottle won't win any awards for creativity, but it's fun to know you've got something limited-run.
Smells of caramel and dark malts, about what I'd expect form a lager such as this. Not much else going on here.
The taste is clean and crisp. Bready and malty, with just a bit of hops. While this is tasty, it's tough for me to get excited about lagers such as this.
Light in body and mouthfeel, and perfectly carbonated, this would be a solid drinking beer for a summer day or night. Definitely a good alternative to trying to put down a Troegenator doppelbock on a hot day.
At $12 for a six-pack of this, this beer certainly isn't expensive by any means, but I refrain from calling it 'budget.' Its limited availability and implied rarity prevent this one from being a solid budget selection. Worth the price of admission, though.
This is another solid beer from Tröegs, and that's about it. I'd happily buy this again if I found it again, or reach for one of these on a summer day, but I won't go out of my way to hunt it down. Because of its limited-run Scratch status, it's unlikely to be found again for quite some time, anyway.
Scratch #60 - Spring Fest Lager

Beer Stats
Style: Maibock/Helles Bock
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 5.10%
BA Score: N/A
RB Score: N/A

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Written by Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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