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Former editor in chief of an award winning publication, avid outdoorsman, love hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, visiting state parks, published writer, avid drinker, certified bartender, beer rater and I ran a bar tending school, and blogger writing under title of the Man Can Critic 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Troegs 60 Scratch Beer- Spring Fest Lager

On Wednesday I headed down for my first trip to the Troegs Brewery. At the end of the self guided tour I stopped by the tasting room to sample the Scratch 60 Spring Fest Lager that was just released on March 23. This beer is on tap and can also be purchased in bottles in the gift shop. The temperature was a nice 42.9 degrees and had a small 1/2" head which was from a draft so its always hard to compare to my traditional bottle pour. The head appearance was frothy and off white with excellent head lacing. The head dissipated quickly and the carbonation was lively with normal clarity and a copper color. The aroma was floral with a barley taste and a light flavor. The beer had an average finish length with a watery mouth feel and a front tongue hit. The body lacing was excellent and overall I would give it an A. This beer is an excellent spring beer for sitting out on the deck and enjoying the cool spring time. It went down easy and was absolutely delicious. I had it with barbecued veggies, farmers cheese, greens and wheat bread which it paired nicely with and was absolutely fantastic. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

Information from Troegs website

Scratch Beer Series #60

Alcohol by Volume: 5.1%

Hop Bitterness (IBUs): 39

Barley: Pils, Munich, Crystal, Melanoidin

Hops: Tradition, Saaz

Yeast: House Lager

The Scratch Beer series has developed into an experimental beer series where we can tinker with new techniques and brew with non-traditional ingredients. Each batch is extremely small and cases and growler fills are only available in our tasting room. Make sure to stop in for a taste and let us know what you think.
  • Scratch #60-2012: Spring Fest Lager
  • Scratch #59-2012: Mighty Moose Mild
  • Scratch #58-2012: Triple Mango IPA
  • Scratch #57-2012: Weizenbock
  • Scratch #56-2011: Single Hop Pale Ale
  • Scratch #55-2011: Double IPA
  • Scratch #54-2011: Cocoa Porter
  • Scratch #53-2011: Helles Bock
  • Scratch #52-2011: T2 Ale
  • Scratch #51-2011: Fat Scratch Fever
  • Scratch #50-2011: Belgian Style Brown Ale
  • Scratch #49-2011: Fresh Hop Ale
  • Scratch #48-2011: Fest Bier 
  • Scratch #47-2011: White Ale
  • Scratch #46-2011: Naked Elf
  • Scratch #45-2011: IPA 
  • Scratch #44-2011: Belgian Brown
  • Scratch #43-2011: IPA (Bravo, Chinook, Cascade)
  • Scratch #42-2011: Belgian Brown
  • Scratch #39-2011: IPA (Simcoe)
  • Scratch #38-2011: IPA (Centennial, Chinook)
  • Scratch #37-2011: IPA (warrior, cluster, columbus hops)
  • Scratch #36-2011: Beglian style Brown Ale
  • Scratch #35-2010: Fresh Hop Ale
  • Scratch #33-2010: Saison
  • Scratch #32-2010: Keystone Common
  • Scratch #31-2010: Citra IPA
  • Scratch #30-2010: Bock
  • Scratch #29-2010: Belgian style IPA
  • Scratch #28-2010: Beer "Roggen bier"
  • Scratch #27-2010: Chocolate Stout
  • Scratch #25-2009: Mustache Rye
  • Scratch #24-2009: Van de Horn
  • Scratch #23-2009: Keller Fest
  • Scratch #22-2009: Belgian Style White
  • Scratch #21-2009: Naked Elf 
  • Scratch #20-2009: Apollo Imperial Ale 
  • Scratch #19-2008: Imperial Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout 
  • Scratch #18-2009 – Triple Rye IPA 
  • Scratch #17-2009 – Glacier Pils 
  • Scratch #16-2008: Winter Warmer 
  • Scratch #15 - Double Espresso Oatmeal Stout
  • Scratch #14-2008: Saison
  • Scratch #13-2008: Oktoberfest
  • Scratch #12-2008: IPA
  • Scratch #11-2008: Bitter
  • Scratch #10-2008: Grand Cru
  • Scratch #8-2008: Triple
  • Scratch #7-2008:  Weizenbock
  • Scratch #6-2007:Export Lager
  • Scratch #5-2007: Imperial Oatmeal Stout
  • Scratch #4-2007: Barleywine (Flying Mouflan)
  • Scratch #3-2007 - Triple
  • Scratch #2-2007 - Porter
  • Scratch #1-2007 – California Common Beer


Scratch #60-2012 is our harbinger of the coming spring. After reading about the annual German beer festival – Starkbierzeit – and shuddering at the thought of drinking Trogenator all day long in honor of “strong beer time,” we’ve created a Spring Fest designed specifically for “patio time.” Measuring in at 5.1% ABV and 39 IBUs Spring Fest pairs nicely with smoked trout and seems to magically disappear from your glass while spending time with friends. 

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