I think there are three different paths that beer drinkers take when choosing a glass for their beverage. One is the Next Glass Up, where whichever glass is there is taken. Second is the Match Game where you look for the brewery glass from the brewery you are drinking and then lastly is the Style Fitter. Kolsch go in a stange, Wild beer in a Teku leading to….
This ARTICLE about the right glass for Grodziskie a beer from Grodzisk, literally or the simple definition as a smoky pilsner,
Enegren Brewing recently releases a new rotating Hop pilsner using “Grüngeist hops, meaning “green ghost” in German, lend flavors of peach, passionfruit, and lemon zest giving this pilsner a slight fruitiness with a crisp finish.”
I had never heard of this hop before and I found you haven’t either, this might be a great way to start sampling these single hop pilsners.
Pilsner by Tom Acitelli roams all over the world. Fitting since the style has too.
This book is formatted with bite size chapters that are super easy to blitz through which is both good and bad. The good is that you are quickly propelled through history. The bad is that each chapter seems to be missing an opportunity to deep dive into a historical character or a moment in time.
I wanted more of the Anheuser-Busch saga and the marketing. I wanted more of Freddy Heineken. I wanted more because the history of pilsner is everywhere in modern history especially here in the US.
I guess that I wanted a book three times the size because Acitelli is a really good writer and I wanted the book to keep going but it arrived at the finish line too soon.
Usually anniversary beers are either A) and IPA or B) something Barrel-aged. Nothing wrong with either choice but I like it when summer anniversary beers acknowledge the SoCal heat and serve up a Pils. And that is what Claremont Craft Ales has done. So pre-order and take an AC drive out to Claremont when this beer is ready.
Pasadena was set to get a new brewery in May, but now Cerveceria del Pueblo is soft opening with to-go sales of their (4) core beers including a variety pack that allows new customers a taster tray of sorts.
I drove the much quieter streets over to their location on Bellevue to pickup some beers but also to take a safe peek into their little but brightly painted space.
The next post will cover capsule reviews of the Kolsch, California Common, Pilsner and Wheat beer but you should check out this L.A. Times piece that talks about the brewery as the opener and closer to the article.
Whenever beer talk turns to Denver, one of the first breweries you hear about is Bierstadt Lagerhaus. Now you can taste why as they have collaborated with our own Enegren Brewing.
If that pilsner tastes half as good as it looks in that glass, then it will be a treat. Enegren is shipping in California too.
When it comes to series that rotate from hop to hop. It is usually IPAs or rarely pale ales or Saisons. But Enegren rotates a new hop to pilsner and this month brings a classic, Cascade. Draft or 4-packs available.
This month we take a tour of Trappist beers from the East Coast and The Spencer Brewery.
Spencer Brewery / German Pils 4.7% ABV
“Straw colored with a light, creamy head, Spencer Premium Pilsner is an authentic German-style Pilsner. Traditional noble German hops provide herbal notes, a floral nuance and the classic closing bitterness. Crisp, clean and refreshing – perfect after a day at work.”
Spencer Brewery / Trappist Ale 6.5% ABV
“Our recipe was inspired by the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier (“fathers’ beer” in Flemish) in Belgium. These sessionable beers are brewed by the monks for their dinner table and are typically only available at the monastery. Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued ale with fruity accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. The beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, preserving live yeast that naturally carbonates the beer in the bottle and keg and contributes to the beer flavor and aroma.”
Spencer Brewery / Trappist Holiday Ale 9% ABV
“Mahogany in color, wholesome in body, lightly spiced, a heart-warming feast day ale from our table to yours”
All of these beers can be found at Sunset Beer Co. (unless they got bought up real quick)
Bob Kunz and the team at Highland Park Brewery can IPA with the best but you should seek out their pilsners. The latest in cans is RoboPils which the brewery describes as a “5.8% ABV very hoppy Pilsner hopped with a huge amount of Strata & Citra hops. The combo of those hops will give off big aromas & flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit, & lots of floral notes.” You can get cans for $17 per four pack.
Modern Times dropped a Foeder-Aged version of their Ice Pilsner and now they have brand extended to a gin barrel version and loyal readers will know that, when gin is mentioned, I go searching.