With Fall Beer Freedom Day (#FBFD) rapidly approaching we thought now would be a good time to reminisce about our favorite beers of the summer before we kick the Kölsch to the curb, down the last Oberon and say sayonara to the Shandy.
About two months ago I had a chance to sample Short’s Pontius Road Pilsner. Being a lover of all things Short’s I rarely pass up a chance to try even their most of pedestrian of offerings. I mean, not every beer can be a Strawberry Shortscake, right? Besides, I love a good pilsner and was eager to sample Short’s version.
Imagine my surprise when I took a sip and immediately thought, “this tastes like a macrobrew?!?”
Now I don’t mean that in a snobbish, turn my nose up at a beer sort of exclamation. It was more of a, “this tastes kinda sweet like a light beer and is a little watery too.”
I sensed adjunct and according to Short’s description of this beer, I was right (emphasis added).
“A true American style Pilsner where the malted barley, when blended with flaked maize (corn), produce a deliciously distinct flavor. It is light in body and color, with a surprisingly full flavor that gives way to crisp refreshment. Handfuls of hops provide pleasant aromatics and a wonderful dry finish.”
The Pontius Road Pilsner delivered on lightness and crispness, as advertised, which made me wonder; could any of the other Guys tell the difference between this and a macrobrew?
The “Adjunct Taste Test” was born. Continue reading
“Heaps of hops give this pale lager a bracing, herbal bite over layers of soft and smooth malt flavor. This refreshing combination of tastes makes Prima a classy quencher in the tradition of the great pilsners of Europe.”
Victory Prima Pils
German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: Apparently over1,500 reviews of this beer on beer advocate weren’t enough to sway me to try this sooner. I see it almost every time I’m in the beer aisle and every time I pass over it because, well, because it’s just a pilsner. Pilsner’s aren’t exciting, right?. Now that 750ml, corked and caged, bottle of bourbon barrel aged/blended/herb infused/imperial anything – that’s exciting. I know I have written about my appreciation for the quality and predictability of a good pilsner but sometimes the draw of a shiny new “limited release” beer has more of a pull than a predictable one. Continue reading
Sam Adams says:
“Samuel Adams® Noble Pils is brewed with all 5 Noble hops for a distinct hop character and fresh taste. Deep golden in color with a citrusy hop aroma, Samuel Adams Noble Pils is a traditional Bohemian Pilsner. The honeyed malt character from traditional Bohemian malt is balanced by delicate yet pronounced citrus, floral, and piney notes from the Noble hops. “
Sam Adams Noble Pils
German Pilsner, 5.2% ABV
Sayeth the Guys:
Ryan: I was disappointed, to say the least, when I first heard that Sam Adams was not going to be brewing it’s White Ale in the spring. It was always a consistent beer in the fridge in April and May and I thought it was a great way to ease in to wheaty, summery beers. I was intrigued by the announcement that the Noble Pils would replace the White Ale but I still couldn’t get over the fact that one of my favorite spring beers wouldn’t be on shelves this year. I was so down about it, in fact, that I really didn’t want to try it (dramatic, right?). But I found myself on the day before my wedding at a hotel bar that had no other craft offerings other than Sam Adams Noble Pils. So, I tried it. And I liked it. Continue reading
We know beer pairs well with dinner (a Cajun dish with a pilsener), desserts (a coffee stout with, or in, ice cream) and even the weather (A marzen on a brisk Fall afternoon). But would you believe beer pairs well with an online fantasy football draft? Now, before you swear me off for mastering the obvious – I’m not just talking about kicking back with a 12 pack of your average Lite or Light beer. I’m talking about pairing specific beers with specific rounds of your draft. While I don’t proclaim to be a fantasy football guru nor am I a Cicerone - I do think I know just enough about both to put together a pretty decent strategy and give some intriguing beer options on draft day. So, let’s get started. Continue reading
Last month I took a trip up to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit some friends. My only requirement for making this trip was that we’d have the chance to go on a brewery tour. I didn’t have a lot of time to research which tour would be the best, so I left it in the hands of my very capable friends to decide. Thus, we landed at Lakefront Brewery, located along the Milwaukee River (Yes, river…not lake) at 1872 N. Commerce Street in Milwaukee. Continue reading