This authentic American style is ale brewers response to lager beers. Using warm fermentation the beer is then lagered in cold temperatures resulting in this crisp, clear, beer. Corn or sugar adjuncts are known to be used in this style.
Alt means “old” in this German top fermented Ale that was a push back to the popularity of lagers. It was brewed traditionally in the Dusseldorf region along the Rhine because of it’s moderate temperature; generally doesn’t freeze in the winter and never too hot in the summer.
Despite modern red ales only being around since the early twentieth century there is some reference of these malty, reddish hued ales being popular in the Middle Ages. More popular in the US than in Ireland they filled a need of bar keep wanting to serve an Irish beer that wasn’t a porter or stout.