Schwarz is German for black. So, schwarzbier is translated as 'black' beer. Traditionally a lager that is brewed with a little black malt to create a dark beer that can still be seen through when held to light to reveal a scarlet hue.

In the mash today, Dark Munich malt, Briess two row, CaraMunich III, Briess extra Special Roast, and debittered black malt. Hop bill is Vanguard first wort and whole leaf Glacier hops in the boil. Fermented with Saflager W-34/70.

History of the style is described by BJCP as, "A regional specialty from the southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany, and probably and variant of the Munich Dunkel style." BJCP also states the overall imperession is, "A dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness."

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