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Pumpin Pils

5.4% ABV

LIGHT, BITTER, HOPPY

Background

Pilsner is the world’s original “light” (or “blond”) lager, being first brewed in approximately 1842 in Plzeň, Bohemia (Czech Republic).  To make this beer, the Bohemians borrowed the technique of “lagering” (fermenting beer with S.pastorianus yeast at low temperatures [actually, in caves]) from Germany.  Most beer at the time was darker – the major innovation of the Pilsner was its clarity and lightness.  Unsurprisingly, Pilsners have a similar malt “backbone” to the now more popular light lagers (American lager, Helles, Dortmunder) that were created to imitate them, but are considerably hoppier.  These beers are not as balanced as the light lagers, and bitterness is what sets them apart.  In fact, a Pilsner can have the same amount of bitterness as a pale ale (which is an ale, not a lager).  Pilsner is the original “Hoppy Lager” and is a great option for anyone who wants the ultraclean taste of a relatively light lager but also appreciates a bit more bitterness.