The Taste Test: Blind-tasting 25 Minnesota Pilsners

Whenever I visit a new brewery or taproom, if a Pilsner is available, it will be my first selection. It represents the perfect test of a brewer’s skill. Pilsner is a straightforward style. The recipe is simple—Pilsner malt, noble hops, lager yeast, and water. The profile is not overly complex—a blend of grainy malt sweetness, … [ Read more]

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Founders Brewing’s new seasonal pilsner coming to 15-packs

  Founders Brewing Co. is prepping for fall 2016 with the release of a new pilsner. PC Pils is the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company’s take on the classic pilsner, but brewed with the American hops Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial. “PC Pils will be a great seasonal offering to support our six year-round packaged products. We are … [ Read more]

Stroh’s Bohemian-style Pilsner brewed again in Detroit

Stroh’s beer was a fixture in Detroit from 1850 until 1985 when the brand ceased production in the city. Now, after a more-than 30 year hiatus, a Stroh’s beer will be be once again brewed in the Motor City. Pabst Brewing Company, which owns the Stroh’s beer brand announced that Stroh’s Bohemian-style Pilsner will be brewed at … [ Read more]

Straight from the Source: Eastlake Craft Brewery

Photos by Aaron Davidson On a crisp Saturday afternoon in early spring, with burgers in the fridge and the grill awakening from its winter hibernation, all was nearly right with the world—I just needed something to drink. Heading out into the afternoon sun with empty growler in-hand, I set a course for Eastlake Craft Brewery, … [ Read more]

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Nooner Pilsner

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Nooner Pilsner 5.2% ABV, 38 IBU The Nooner pours a pale yellow with citrusy and piney hops on the nose. Its light body and grassy notes are quickly followed by a hoppy finish. Thank goodness there are still breweries out there that are willing to get creative with classic German styles. … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Sudkreuz Pils

  This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at If it’s winter in Minnesota—and at the time of this writing, citizens, it most assuredly is—then for many of us homebrewers it is lager season. Lager, as regular readers probably know, is one … [ Read more]

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