Recently you saw this website, along with several other local beer sites, promoting a renaissance in beer packaging. As the saying goes, what is old is new again. Which is why we are happy to announce our thoughts on Churchkey Can Pilsner.
Admittedly there are some who cannot wrap their synapses around what makes this beer special. The truth can be found in the packaging. To continue employing overused clichés we can tell you what it’s what’s inside that really counts.
Inside each can, craft beer lovers will find a delicious Pacific Northwest-brewed Pilsner-style craft beer. The recipe for which was originated by Portland-based home brewers Lucas Jones and Sean Burke – who have been crafting home brewed beer in their garages for many years, and are passionate about their beer and the community they cultivate with it – the Churchkey Pilsner is made using only the highest quality ingredients. The body of the beer comes from the light, grainy pilsner malt taste, accented by a smooth clean bitterness. The Saaz hop taste and aroma featured in the Churchkey Pilsner make for a uniquely complex, yet sessionable beer at 4.9 percent ABV and a 29 IBU.
Suggested Style Guidelines for Bohemian-style Pilsner
Traditional Bohemian Pilseners are medium bodied, and they can be as dark as a light amber color. This style balances moderate bitterness and noble-type hop aroma and flavor with a malty, slightly sweet, medium body. Extremely low levels of diacetyl and low levels of sweet corn-like dimethylsulfide (DMS) character, if perceived, are characteristic of this style and both may accent malt aroma. A toasted-, biscuit-like, bready malt character along with low levels of sulfur compounds may be evident. There should be no chill haze. Its head should be dense and rich.
You Should Try This. Consumed in the garage, on the patio, or during a camping trip; Churchkey Can's Pilsner will be a welcome addition to that cooked meal. Pairing ideas run the gambit from flour tacos with chicken or pork to something Germanic like a mildly-spiced Brat.
With both required holes punched out with our included churchkey; Churchkey Can Pilsner is dark gold with a strong clarity. Resting in the glass is an inch of cotton white, foamy head; that recedes quickly with the outside warmth. Save for a some dots of lace inside the glass there is nothing out of the ordinary.
Taking a strong sniff one can pick up notes of toasted white bread, minor notes of sweet corn, and a sharpness, reminiscent of a Czech-style Pilsner.
Sipping there is an immediate sharp, bitterness, before a bready-like, roasted, malt character; takes hold. Overall Churchkey Canning Pilsner has a mild to medium body as it rests on the tongue.
About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.