Corn has never been given a fair shake. 

The evils of high fructose corn syrup have been bellowed from every soapbox, the most commonly grown corn is for animal feed, and is generally, not a much-beloved ingredient. 

This has also been the case in beer. Even as recent as 2019, Bud Light ran an ad during the Super Bowl calling out Coors Light and Miller Lite for using corn syrup in their beer. But the trend of lighter, more session-able beers is on the rise, including corn lagers. 

Some of the best breweries in the country are using heirloom varietals of corn in their beers- Fonta FloraBow & Arrow, and Black Narrows, to name a few. 

Josh Chapman, founder of Black Narrows Brewing Company in Chincoteague, VA joins the show to talk all things corn lager. We dive into the specific corn they use for their flagship “How Bout It” corn lager (Bloody Butcher heirloom corn from Bill & Bob Savage). Josh takes us through special brewing considerations needed for brewing with corn and how to keep the integrity of the corn flavor. 

The surface has only been scratched with corn lagers here on Beer Me! So we will undoubtedly return to this subject again.