The Pilsner (Boonville, CA) – Anderson Valley Brewing Company (AVBC), a Northern California brewery renowned for its standout ales has announced the first nationwide release of a lager. Lagered for an almost unheard-of sixty days, Anderson Valley’s modestly named The Pilsner is a flavorful and complex 5.2% ABV German-Style Pilsner with a soft, crisp and clean character.
“The Pilsner pilot batch was one of the most beautiful, delicious beers I have tasted in a long time,” said AVBC President Kevin McGee. “When the brewing team came up with the idea to brew a German Pilsner, my initial reaction was why do we want to do a Pilsner? They’re temperamental and difficult to brew really well, take a lot of time, and tie up a lot of equipment. But then I tasted the first batch the team made and the ‘why’ became really clear.”
Hey Pumpkin (Bucks County, PA) – Neshaminy Creek Brewing is an award-winning craft brewery and taproom located just north of Philadelphia in Croydon, PA. And they’ve a new fall seasonal that takes the Pumpkin Beer concept in an interesting direction. Brewed with bright pumpkin spices and classic German hops, Neshaminy Creek Young Pumpkinstein is a medium-bodied 5.2% ABV Märzen-Style Lager with a toasty malt character and an uber-dry finish.
“Pumpkin beers have become a standard now for every brewery so we thought why not make ours unique and exciting?” says Neshaminy Creek Head Brewer, Jason Ranck. “I could finish a whole sleeve of ginger snaps in one sitting so I’m not mad about making a beer that tastes like them.”
Serious Craft Beer From The N/A Corner (Campbell, CA) – Non-Alcoholic beers have come a long way’s since your uncle used to order an O’Doul’s. And there’s a non-alcoholic brewery in Northern California, Surreal Brewing, which makes a very convincing West Coast-Style India Pale Ale. Fermented with Norwegian Kveik yeast and a smart medley of experimental hops, Surreal Creatives IPA is buzz-free India Pale Ale with big tropical aromatics and a piney West Coast hop finish.