With summer just around the corner we can’t help but start thinking Pilsners, the world’s most popular and widely consumed beer – and a style which has only gotten better thanks to the craft beer revolution.
And here’s some great American craft beer pilsners that you’re gonna need as things warm up.
Victory Prima Pils
Many beer enthusiasts rightly credit Downingtown, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing for being the first true American craft brewer to return and fully recommit to a style that had been nearly abandoned by the then fledgling craft beer industry.
Crisp, clean and with a surprising hint of sweetness, Victory Prima Pils is a 5.3% ABV classic!
Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils
While Victory can validly lay to being one of the first American craft brewers to return and recommit to the pilsner tradition, California’s Firestone Walker can be fairly credited with its current resurgence, which they sparked with the debut of their hop-forward pilsner back in 2013.
Aggressively dry-hopped, yet true to the lager’s Bavarian roots, Firestone Pivo Hoppy Pils has almost single-handedly spawned a whole new craft beer direction when it comes to the American Pilsner.
Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Summit Brewing has great instincts when it comes to traditional beers and their year-round take on the world’s most emulated style, while not exactly 100% “Czech” in direction, is nonetheless brilliant.
Complex and unexpectedly malty for the style, Summit Pilsener is a wonderful 4.5% ABV lager that works brilliantly.
Lakewood Zomer Pils
A true pilsner is expensive to brew, and un-like so many of craft beer’s hop-heavy IPAs, they leave little room for error. And Garland, Texas-based Lakewood Brewing understands this fragile reality better than most.
Appropriately released as a much anticipated seasonal every summer, Zomer Pils is a 4.8% deep Texas sunburnt refresher, brewed with traditional Belgian Pilsner malt and Noble hops. A spectacular example of the “Czech-style” pilsner.