Hi Gang --
I live in the Midwest, actually closer to Denver. I've been trying,
with no luck, to find a regional brewer that still makes real Pilsner,
the kind that was so common before Prohibition. Anybody have
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
If it's pre-prohibition pils you want then a few brewpubs make them.
Rockyard brewing in Castle Rock makes an excellent one called "Dutch"
that is available seasonally and happens to be on right now. They do
I would check around with local brewpubs/breweries.
Denver is the Midwest?
Do you have more specific details on your locale? Some beers have quite
narrow geographic distribution.
Quibble: That wouldn't be "real" pilsner, as that technically comes from
Bohemia, where it was invented (to be really precise, it's the stuff from
Pilsn, Czech Republic, but there are other Czech beers brewed in the same
vein). What you're looking for is what has come to be known as
"Pre-Prohibition Lager," which reflects the methods and flavor profile of
those older American-brewed beers.
Someone else in the thread mentioned that it's not uncommon to see brewpubs
offering examples of this style. In bottles, the best example I can think of
is Capital 1900, from Capital Brewing in Wisconsin.
Likely totally useless to you, but for reference for others, Craftsman
Brewing in Pasadena brews a very good pre-pro lager (can't recall the exact
name; it's also 19-something), but that's available only in the LA area.
Full Sail terms their "Session" as a pre-pro; I haven't had it to know how
good an example it may be.
Is there anyone around here old enough to remember
pre-prohibition beer ? I suppose there could be
but usually by that age those dang doctors have already
told you to quit drinking beer. I think I'd rather die.
Well, sure if you want him to compare stout to a pils, then certainly
feel free to make that suggestion.
My point is that by comparing a european pilsner to the traditional
american light beer once called pilsner he might have an opportunity to
try more than one kind of beer with the same common name.