Beer 101: Pilsner

Labor Day is upon us and Oktoberfest season is just around the corner. Before you break into your stash of malty Marzens, why not whet your appetite with another classic German brew, the crisp and refreshing Pilsner?! It’s the perfect choice to kick back with during these last few weeks of summer whether that be at the pool, beach or at a backyard barbeque. Delicious on their own or as an appertif, Pilsners also make a terrific pairing with grilled chicken, herb crusted salmon and sharp cheddars. Check our list below to see what’s in stock and keep reading to learn more about the history of this world-class brew!

Pilsners now in stock:
Einbecker Pilsner – 6packs
Wurzburger Pilsner – 6packs
Jever Pilsner – 6packs and 50L kegs
Lammsbrau Pilsner – 4packs
Konig Pilsner – 6packs
Zatec Pilsner – 500ml
Breckenridge Regal Pilsner – 4packs, 1/2 and 1/6 kegs
Great Divide Nomad – 6packs and 1/6 kegs
Lagunitas Pils – 1/2 kegs
Neshaminy Creek Trauger Pils – 1/6 kegs
Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella – 6packs, 19.2oz, 1/2 and 1/6 kegs
Sixpoint Crisp – 4packs, 20L and 50L kegs
Sly Fox Pikeland Pils – 6packs, 1/2 and 1/6 kegs
Smuttynose Vunderbar Pils – 4packs
Troegs Sunshine Pils – 1/2 and 1/6 kegs
Voodoo Pilzilla – 22oz

The history of Pilsner
The original Pilsner was produced in the year 1842 in the city of Plzen, Bohemia in what is now the Czech Republic. Recent advances in malting allowed brewers to produce lightly kilned malts instead using the dark roasted or heavily kilned malts that were popular at the time. This pale colored malt was combined with local Noble Saaz hops, the soft low sulfate, low carbonate water of Plzen and a bottom-fermenting yeast to produce the world’s first clear golden lager. Spicy, floral and aromatic with a pleasant bitterness, a soft malt character and a thirst-quenching quality, the Bohemian Pilsner changed the beer drinking world for centuries to come. It is by far the world’s most duplicated beer with hundreds of versions now produced in Germany, the US and beyond.

Versions of the original

German Pilsner
Drier and crispier with a more profound bitterness than the original version. This is due to the water containing higher levels of sulfates than in Bohemia. They also tend to be lighter in color with less focus on the malt and often can come across as herbaceous and grassy. German Noble varieties (Hallertauer, Tettnanger and Spalt) are the predominant hops.

American Pilsner
The majority of craft versions pay tribute to the classic European Pilsners by using traditional German or Czech hops and malt. Can be darker, higher in alcohol and sometimes more hoppy than the original versions.

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