Origin: Chicago, IL
Style: German-Style Pilsner
Can you imagine a unicorn riding a dirt bike and jumping over Snake River Canyon? Does your imagination extend to what a beer might taste like if the image of that majestic beast flying across through the air on 250CCs of two-stroke power was that beer’s spirit animal? You have now experienced as much of Pipeworks Brewing beer as possible without cracking open a can. Established in 2012 by a group of friends with the shared dream of crafting beers and emptying their savings accounts, the streets of Chicago have run golden with craft beer ever since. You will taste wild experiments in flavour - the group has produced over 500 different beers in the near decade of their production run. Each is more bizarre than the last but you cannot accuse them of taking too small a swing. Pipework’s Premium Pilsner fulfills all the promise of the classic old-world pilsner. Slightly sweet malt that’s cut with a crisp touch of hoppy flavour. Serves well at 6°C and can cellar for up to six months.
Pours a pale golden colour with a clear body and light carbonation. Frothy head out of the can but it calms down to a thin film up top after the pour.
Delivers on exactly what you’d expect from a Pilsner: a touch of sweet malt and grain, a grassy green vegetation, and around the edges of the smell you can pick up a bit of lemon zest.
A very nice representation of the style - crisp and refreshing, with a touch of hoppy bite to balance out a slightly sweet malt. Overall there’s a toasted grain quality across the whole taste experience and there’s enough interaction between the sweeter grain elements and resinous hops to make it even handed. Smooth mouthfeel and a finish that is subtle lemon zest ends the tasting on a nice sharp closer.
A German classic can stand any kind of hearty pairing, but get an old favourite out of the recipe book: bangers and mash - with spicy italian sausage for a twist.