Reclaiming the Pilsner
Melissa Monosoff M S Certified Cicerone
The Pilsner has been making a comeback for at least the last five years. American brewers are reclaiming the style from the grasp of the mega brewers while consumers look for local craft beers that are crisp with balanced hops. The love for American IPA’s is far from waning, but the craving for this traditional crisp, hoppy lager is thankfully on the upswing!
Melissa’s Sixer Of Pilsner
Firestone Walker “Pivo”
Paso Robles, California 5.3%
The best of both worlds with a classic German/Czech-styled backbone with some West Coast dry hopping flare.
Real Ale “Hans Pils”
Blanco, Texas 5.3%
A perfect example of the Texas/ German brewing connection. German Tettnang hops and German malt create one of the best beers made in Texas.
Dogfish Head / Birra Del Borgo “My Antonia” Imperial Pilsner
Borgorose, Lazio, Italy 7.5%
In true Dogfish Head form this beer is “extreme” with an old world/new world mash up of Saaz, Warrior and Simcoe hops.
Prague, Czech Republic 5%
A traditional producer creating an earthy, malty, spicy beer with the bright snap of citrus and green grass.
Römermauer, Bitburg, Germany 4.8%
Hallertau hops give a pleasant spicy character to this super crisp, highly sessionable beer.
Victory “Prima Pils”
Downingtown, PA 5.3%
A favorite beloved by many, Victory is one of the “original gangsters” of American Craft versions of classic German styles.
Reprint from TEXSOM presents SOMMELIER Volume 00, pages 34–35
Hero picture: Real Ale “Hans Pils”
Photographer: Ahna Hubnik