Like most people my first experience with beer was whatever my dad had in the fridge at the time. In this case Olympia beer out of Washington State circa mid 70's. From then on - it was whatever the freakishly old looking kid from Alta High School could manage to smuggle out of our local "Gas 'n Sip".
The one thing all those beers had in common was that they were Pilsner style lagered beers. When I started getting into craft beers everything suddenly shifted. Lagers had all but disappeared from my landscape, replaced by the new and exciting ales. Well new to me.
Then something happened about five years ago. The right lager came along at the right time and changed everything. Suddenly I was right back where I started... well almost.
Why am I boring you with this trip down memory lane, well like me - many new beer enthusiast have forgone their past experiences with "yellow lagers" for the exciting new styles of beer that have crept up in the past decade. And I'm here to tell you the lager is back.
If you want to get re-acquainted to the original pilsner and are looking for that life changing experience that smacked me up side the head then I have a beer for you.
The Bohemian Brewery in Midvale is re-introducing their 1842 Pilsner. 1842 is as faithful a reproduction of the original pils you'll find outside of the Czech Republic
Bohemian's brewers used a special Floor Malted Bohemian Pilsner malt. The process used to produce this malt is very labor intensive and traditional. The produces as an authentic "old" malt as you can find today.
Pours a hazy straw color with a nice, sturdy two fingers of foam. The nose is crisp and clean with nice spicy Saaz hop aromas. Toasted malts are also strong in the background. The taste is pleasantly crisp with a firm Pilsner malt body that lets the spicy hop notes shine in the finish. Well balanced. There are some peppery notes that hang in there for a short time but then leaves the palate clean. Light to medium body, but it does possess a sturdy mouthfeel. It's gentle carbonation makes it feel almost creamy.
This is dangerously drinkable. And will be available on draft today after 6pm only at the brewery. Trust me, if your a fan of the Czech Pils, you'll be in heaven.
1842 won a gold medal weeks after it was originally tapped last year in the Czech style Pils category at NABA.
In closing I have one question for you. "What was your first beer"?
I hope to see you there tonight.