McMenamins Beer (All Years) — photo 70 of 140: Liberal Conservative SMaSH Lager was one of six samples in the beer flight I tried at the McMenamins Mill Creek Brewpub in the northern Seattle metro area suburb of Mill Creek, Washington. According to the brewer:
“When it comes to brewing and its constant innovation, brewers sometimes come across a style or idea that doesn’t seem to make sense. However, when it comes to brewing a hoppy lager, it just seems to work. Those two things may seem to be contradictory, or a paradox, but we can live with that. For this lager, we utilized two amazing things: traditional German Pilsner malt and Oregon-grown Centennial hops. With them, we found a simple but effective way to make light, flavorful beer with a great citrus hop edge.” Measurements: 5.4% ABV • 58 IBUMy notes from that day read: “Really good! Maybe along the lines of a Kölsch, but with a bit more hop finish, but not too much. SMaSH Beer: Single-Malt and Single-Hop brewing. The best of the six samples!” 1 August 2017. Camera used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-100mm f/4.0 zoom lens.
For further details about the story behind this photo, see the related article One Hundred McMenamins Beers and Counting.