A lively little discussion over at Beer and Whiskey Bros was the fodder that fed the idea behind this weeks Sip With Us Saturday beer. Don thought Boulevard’s Collaboration 1 to be over valued, and I thought the opposite. Head over there and give us your two cents.
Here’s the deal…
A little disagreement doesn’t hurt so long as the individuals involved in the discussion maintain mutual respect and avoid personal attacks. In fact, I cannot stand politically correct, “I don’t want to say I disagree with you even though I do because I don’t want to come off as offensive,” discussions. To me, the lack of honesty is disrespectful. On an old blog I used to maintain, I wrote a brief article on the perks of honesty in dialogue.
Anyway, as per the beer bout on Beer and Whiskey Bros, this week’s brew is style-centric and is zoomed in on the Pilsner.
The poor Pilsner.
Because of the corn supplemented atrocities that flow from the likes of companies like InBev, this historical and once beloved style gets a bad wrap and is overlooked more often than not. Here in craft-beer-geek world, our senses of taste are shifting towards BIG, BOLD, MALTY, HOPPY, etc. There’s nothing wrong with this. I brew beers like this too. But I also brew session beers and lighter (not in the sense of tripple hopped lightness) beers and find complexity and enjoyment in them.
The Pilsner can actually be a great beer. It is crisp, it is refreshing. It reeks of the earth and the water used as its source. In my opinion, it’s much more difficult to make a mediocre Pilsner, than say…a world class Imperial Stout. Would you agree? Disagree?
Thus said, this weeks Sip With Us Saturday beer is ANY American Craft Brewed Pilsner. Please, join in with us this Saturday. If you miss drinking a Pilsner on Saturday, shoot for Sunday. If you write a review on your pilsner of choice and want to post it on Thank Heaven for Beer, we’d be happy to oblige.
What Pilsner are you choosing?
For those who don’t know, Sip With Us Saturday is simply a communal drinking experience. Every week we choose a beer, beer style, or beer them and that’s what we drink on Saturday (amongst other beers occasionally) and we hope you join us an participate in the post(s) that follow.
I should be back for Saturday sipping. Can’t wait to get home because I’m neglecting my baby.
Good choice Nate!!!! (I said that so I didn’t offend anyone)
Yay, Pilsner! It’s gonna be 85 degrees here Saturday and I think I’ll be brewing – Hello Prima Pils!!
@Mike…I forgot, which baby is it this time?
@Scott…darn you scott.
@Jim…Sounds like my Saturday. I’m brewing up a different saison. What’s going to be in your boil pot?
This baby. I’m sure Andrea misses me, too. I was talking about our website. You’ve really been keeping it going. I’ve just been on the run the whole time.
Ha, I actually assumed it was a carboy full of beer. thanks, the posts have been a flowing.
So, this may be the opportunity to try Red Hook’s new summer seasonal: Rope Swing. Took a tour of their facility recently, but more on that later.
When did you tour? I’ll look out for rope swing. I haven’t seen it out here yet.
I would love to here more on the tour.
Couple weeks back, we toured the facility in Woodinville, WA (east of Seattle). I have some thoughts mulling around in my head about brewery tours in general, the size of breweries, and the beer (specifically the styles offered and the quality thereof) produced by these breweries. More to come!
I’m gonna go through my beer bunker and find a good pils. Maybe a Miller Lite
Ok, so I finished writing something up on the Red Hook tour. You can probably guess it is the birth of yet another beer blog.
I really want to try this one. Especially after what you told me Nate about it being 100% pilsner malt and saaz hops. Very cool.
May 5th, 2010 at 12:40 pm
I want it, too. That’s right, you were writing on the merits of single grain, single hop beers a while back. I love the simplicity and the skill involved in doing them.