Innovative Lagers with Michael Tonsmeire- BeerSmith Podcast #275

by Brad Smith on February 16, 2023 · 0 comments

Michael Tonsmeire from Sapwood Cellars joins us this week to discuss some of his recent innovative lager recipes.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (51:59)

  • This week I welcome back Michael Tonsmeire. Michael is a founder of the brewery Sapwood Cellars in Columbia, MD. He is also author of the book “American Sour Beers“(Amazon Affiliate Link) as well as the blog The Mad Fermentationist online. He’s a certified beer judge.
  • We start with a short discussion of the new expansion at Sapwood Cellars in Columbia MD.
  • Michael and I discuss the recent trend towards high quality Craft Lagers which have become more popular in recent years.
  • We talk a bit about giving Lagers the same “freedom” that ales have to vary in style, form and flavor.
  • Michael describes a “thiolized” lager he did with some thiol boosting yeast and selected hops.
  • We talk about his “Bottle White” which used a Helles base.
  • Michael discusses his use of hops in lagers and how the hop character comes across in a lager.
  • We switch over to darker beers including his “Doppelbock Stout” and Schwarzbier variants.
  • Michal talks about malt bills and how the malt bill focus is a bit different with a lager.
  • We finish with a discussion of Michael’s soured, barrel aged lagers including one using cherries.
  • Michael provides his closing thoughts.


Thanks to Michael Tonsmeire for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!
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