Portsmouth Brewing Co. is adding to its selection of bottled beers with the release of Crystal Gold Light Lager, a brand that dates back to the early days of the brewery. The beer should be available by the beginning of August, joining Portsmouth Pilsner, Red Bird Ale and Peerless Pale Ale in bottles.
"It is an easy drinking lager, lightly hopped with Perle & Hallertau with around 3.5 percent alcohol by volume," brewer Emily Ulrich said in an email. "A highly sessionable and refreshing summer brew."
The beer weighs in at 103 calories.
The brewpub and production brewery -- which is housed in the original brewery founded in 1843 in Portsmouth -- describes the beer this way: "This light bodied American lager is affectionately named for an original PBC brew by Paul Esselborn, president of the Ohio Brewers Association in the early 1900's. Pairing domestic two row malt with Hallertau & Perle hops, this refreshing summer brew reflects the goodness of the sun straight from the grain to your glass."
Ulrich also shared a copy of an advertisement for the beer that appeared in the Portsmouth Daily Times in 1916. How old is the ad? Well, the telephone number is only two digits.
Portsmouth beer is available in Southern and Central Ohio. For a full list of retailers, click here.