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Why Pilsner is the Best Craft Beer of All Time: So Many Reasons to Love Pilsners

Published in The Daily Meal Jul 23, 2013
By John Verive of Beer of Tomorrow for Menuism Beer Blog

Scrimshaw-Pilsner-Pour(w)As craft beer gains popularity, tap lists grow longer, and beers become more creative and extreme, it sometimes seems that a craft beer fan can have too many options. It may be a wonderful problem to face, but if you’d rather not struggle deciding what beer to try there’s a simple solution. If you just want a satisfying and restorative beer, try a pilsner. The classic golden lager makes for an excellent start to a session, is great before a meal, and pilsners pair wonderfully with many foods. It’s an easy call; try one and see why the pilsner is considered by many brewers to be “the brewer’s beer.”

If you’re not yet a convert to the well-crafted and balanced pilsners, forget your preconceived notions about the style. Pilsner, or simply pils, is known for its delicate color, sparkling carbonation, bready malt body, and spicy and herbal hop character and aroma that is highlighted by a dry, crisp finish. The style was so popular after its invention in 19th-century Bohemia that it swept through Europe before it was taken across the Atlantic by brewers immigrating to America. The American pilsner started off like its continental counterpart: balanced, dry, and with an assertive hop aroma, but American breweries diminished the beer to appeal to a wider audience, and soon the American Pilsner developed into the bland, insipid beer that many people think of today.

Scrimshaw-Brand-Image(w)When first arriving at a bar, I’ll often skim the tap list for a craft pilsner instead of suffering through the analysis paralysis that an impressively long and varied beer list can induce. Once the aromatic pils is in hand, I can more carefully review the menu and tap list for perfect pairings while I enjoy the crisp, refreshing qualities that the pilsner is prized for. Starting off the night with a pilsner works well for a few reasons. It’s commonly recommended to begin a tasting session with a beer that is comparatively light in body and flavor. This allows you to experience the beer’s more subtle flavors before your palate becomes fatigued, and pilsners make excellent “warm-up beers.” The lager’s lively carbonation awakens your taste buds, and the delicate flavors of the signature pilsner malt and European hops are best enjoyed before your palate has been assaulted by massive double IPAs. Picking out these flavors from such a balanced and nuanced brew is a great way to prepare yourself for tasting other brews, and the clean, ester-free finish leaves your palate primed for another sip (or another pint).

 

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San Francisco’s Olympic Club Hosted a North Coast Brewing Co. Beer Dinner on June 28

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San Francisco’s historic Olympic Club, the oldest athletic club in the United States, was the site of a memorable North Coast Brewmaster Dinner on June 28. Chef Peter Harvey prepared a five-star menu that began at an informal reception in the club’s lavish Crystal Room with a charcuterie platter, oysters Rockefeller and Bienville, and wild mushroom quesadillas paired with Scrimshaw Pilsner and Red Seal Ale.

The dinner was served in the palm-accented formal dining room and started with a Brandade soufflé and a Pommery mustard reduction which was a great match with Pranqster Belgian-Style Golden Ale. A second course featured a grilled boneless quail with goat cheese polenta, grilled radicchio and aged Balsamico. The Le Merle Saison, which just won the Gold Medal at the Brussels Beer Fest, was a perfect pairing with its tropical fruit flavor note.

The entrée was a hearty braised lamb shank served with aioli and accompanied by a spring vegetable ratatouille. Brother Thelonious Belgian-Style Abbey Ale was a rich, malty complement to this entrée. Dessert was a chocolate assiette, including chocolate walnut terrine, white chocolate gelato and raw chocolate tastings. North Coast’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with its intense chocolate and coffee flavor profile was an obvious choice for this finale.

The Olympic Club’s signature “white glove” service added to the elegance of the evening and left 100 guests very happy, well-fed, and thirst-slaked.

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Daryl Makk’s Laughter is the Best Medicine, a Fundraiser for Gloriana Musical Theatre on Saturday, July 13, is sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company

Daryl Makk Tours From Alberta, Canada, accompanied by comedian James Uloth, and guitarist Michael Parlengas

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“I thought I was going to stop breathing several times from laughing so hard.” Nikki Schoeny, Freeport Resident  If laughter is the best medicine then take your medicine at Daryl Makk’s comedy show, Saturday, July 13, Eagles Hall Theatre, 210 N. Corry at Alder, Fort Bragg, 7:30 pm. Adult subject matter, over 18 is advised.

Daryl brings his unique brand of stand-up comedy to the Mendocino coast while on his “The Planet Tour.” A professional comedian and touring motorcyclist Daryl is a two-time survivor of accidents caused by drivers who “did not see the motorcycle.” So now he’s out to solve the invisibility of motorcycles – one joke at a time. Using a combination of story telling and set-up punch lines, James Uloth makes observations on everyday situations we can all relate to.  According to the Humboldt Journal, “James Uloth had the crowd laughing from the get go, with quick-witted punch lines and topical humor.” Guitarist Michael Parlengas opens and closes the comedy show.

$35 ticket includes appetizers and a one drink ticket with Bistro café seating and a silent auction. Advance tickets: Tangents, Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, Out of This World in Mendocino, Gloriana.org, 964-7469, and at the door

Presented by Gloriana Musical Theatre and RevUp Creative Media
Sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company
All beer at the performance donated by NCBC

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