BarDown- We got on the phone with Brix City Brewing and asked them about the inspiration for the beer, and it actually came up naturally in the process of brewing. The beer is a Czech style Pilsner, and as big New York Rangers fans, when they heard Czech, the first thought that came to mind was of Jagr.
“I know he wasn’t here for very long, but people don’t realize how many Rangers Records he holds. Plus, who doesn’t like Jagr?”
They noted that he also played in New Jersey, but it was less about where he played and more of the Czech connection to the beer. Plus, now we have to ask the question, who doesn’t like Jaromir Lager? Here’s how they describe the brew on their website:
“Jaromir Lager is a traditionally brewed Czech style Pilsner with an ABV of 5.0%. Czech Saaz hops are exclusively used in this brew to both bitter and flavor.”
This idea is so genius that I'll even overlook the fact that Rangers fans were responsible for it. Seriously, if there were a power rankings of things that you'd have to be an asshole to dislike then a crisp, refreshing pilsner would be 1(b) to Jaromir Jagr's 1(a). I'll even give these dudes a pass for including an 'E' when a much more appropriate name would have been 'Jaromir Lagr'. After all, you can only expect so many acts of ingenuity from a couple of diehard Ranger bros that named their brewery after the city that their rivals call home. Still, almost impossible not to give them credit for following through on a concept that is either brilliantly simple or simply brilliant. Especially when the label sports the most glorious mullet in sports history.
I do hope they get started on production soon though. Not only because I needed a 6'er of it ASAP, but because with the way Henrik Lundqvist's performance is trending they'll need a hell of a lot of 5.0% percent beers to help them get over the fact that their favorite team pissed away the best years of a 'Hall Of Fame' career and has nothing to show for it. There's only two ways to forget how much of a perennial disappointment the New York Rangers have been, and since one of them is having Chris Kreider beat you over the head with your own helmet I would suggest they expedite the brewing of their #68 special.