Despite their popularity in the American macro beer realm, lagers aren't brewed often by smaller breweries. Lagers take more time (lager yeast is slower-acting than ale yeast), and they require lower temperatures (35 to 55 degrees compared to 60 to 75 degrees). Lager locks a brewer into a two-weeks-plus process, as opposed to one-week fermentation for ale. It's a difference that adds up when brewing at high capacities.

Despite their popularity in the American macro beer realm, lagers aren't brewed often by smaller breweries. Lagers take more time (lager yeast is slower-acting than ale yeast), and they require lower temperatures (35 to 55 degrees compared to 60 to 75 degrees). Lager locks a brewer into a two-weeks-plus process, as opposed to one-week fermentation for ale. It's a difference that adds up when brewing at high capacities.

But the art of lagers is not lost. In fact, it's often more impressive when a brewer can create a clean and balanced lager without overusing hops to cover mistakes.

Barley's Pilsner (4.8 percent ABV): Although brewed with ale yeast, Barley's Pilsner uses Czech hops to achieve the light and clean marks of the style.

CBC's Summer Teeth (5 percent ABV): As a perfect summer sipping beer, this cloudy unfiltered lager is aptly named.

Elevator Xtra Light (5 percent ABV): This is the gateway beer for light beer drinkers, brewed similar to the clear and bright yellow kolsch lager originating from Cologne, Germany.

Elevator Dark Force (5.9 percent ABV): Dark Force pushes the lager style into darker territory with a deep copper color. It also won a bronze medal at the 2007 GABF.

Elevator Procrastinator Doppelbock (7 percent ABV): The bock is a darker and maltier German lager, boasting heavier coffee, toast and chocolate flavors.

North High Lager (5.3 percent ABV): A perfect example of the easy-drinking lager-it's crisp, low in bitterness and has a clean finish.

Wolf's Ridge Sustinator (7 percent ABV, 20 IBU): Named for the sustenance a traditional lager provided, Sustinator provides a sweet, bready finish.

Wolf's Ridge Golden Standard (5 percent ABV, 20 IBU): Golden Standard is a Munich Helles lager (helles meaning bright), originally brewed as a competitor to the Czech Pilsner style.