Celebrating bottom fermentation since 1842!
Ok, we admit it - we like IPAs, but our desert island beer is without question a pilsner. So we created a group called the International Pilsner Association, and we kicked off its formation on National IPA Day, August 6, 2020.
We were overwhelmed by the support of our neighbors, brewers and the beer industry. Turns out, there are many people who agree with us that the pilsner is not a boring yellow beer!
Just because it ain't cloudy doesn't mean it isn't craft.
Around the beginning of the 19th century, the quality of beer in Europe was inconsistent at best, so the people in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia revolted and poured kegs of foul beer onto the streets.
The citizens of Pilsen created a community brewery and hired Josef Groll to brew a pale golden beer that his father had been experimenting with in their family brewery in Bavaria. The new brewery was created in 1842 and the beer was named after the town that produced it.
The Pilsner wasn't murky or dank like many other beers in Europe. It was clear, clean and crisp - simple but complex at the same time. And, people could drink it without chewing!
Today there are many great breweries and beer styles. Some are murky (on purpose) and some are dank (on purpose). We rarely say no to any good beer, but we believe a well made pilsner is something special.
A pilsner included in the top of our list of favorites would have to include Pilsner Urquell. This beer is recognized as the first pilsner-style beer brewed. It is a light golden color and has a deliciously soft mouthfeel. After one sip you are hooked!
One of our favorites in the United States is Prima Pils by Victory Brewing Company. This German-style pilsner has a spicy hop character that complements a biscuity malt backbone. This pilsner is truly world class.
Its always fun finding a local beer treasure when traveling. This was the case on a trip to Germany several years ago when introduced to Rothaus Pils. This beer seemed like the definition of 'back-to-basics' - a bready, but incredibly clean and refreshing beer. It tasted hyper-local.
Another example of one of our favorite pilsners is right down the street from Seedstock Brewery. The Slow Pour Pils from Bierstadt Lagerhaus is crisp, bitter and malty. Bierstadt takes their time brewing it and pouring it, and trust us - its worth the wait!
If any of you beer drinkers, brewers or breweries are interested in this mythical group drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, of course you could always purchase a t-shirt!