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From: noah@june.cs.washington.edu (Rick Noah Zucker)
Subject: Lagering (was Re: Sam Adams Doppelbock)
Date: 1989-05-23 17:38:57 GMT

The word lager means to store in german. The reason this beer
style is called lager (which applies to all bottom fermented beers) is
that it was stored (lagered) in caves that were colder than above ground
temperatures. This allowed bottom fermentation to be used.

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