Beer Release: NW: Get It Now … Ninkasi Sterling Pils German-style Northwest Pilsner

image courtesy Ninkasi Brewing Co. This writer is first to admit that now, during this time of the year, the Northwest needs more lagers. Something clean, low in alcohol, and most notably clear. Whether it’s a Crystal Weizen, Hefeweizen, or Koslch, it doesn’t matter. Or in this case a Ninkasi Sterling Pils.

For Ninkasi this makes yet another notch in the totem known as the Prismatic Lager Series.

“Sterling Pils is a Ninkasi twist on the Northern German-style lager in which we employ traditional techniques with North American ingredients,” explains Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer. “We are excited to release our third Prismatic Lager Series brew, continuing a tradition of thirst-quenching, drinkable beers for all occasions.”

First born unto the people of Eugene and the Northwest in 2011, the Prismatic Lager Series highlights Ninkasi dismissal that lagers are boring and require a pair of shorts to enjoy. Starting with Helles Belles the brewery was eventually going to release another lager, hence Sterling Pils. Brewed locally with Sterling hops from Washington, Pilsner malt from Idaho and of course water from Eugene’s nearby McKenzie River, Sterling Pils sounds like a treat.

Brewery Description of Sterling Pils

image courtesy Ninkasi Brewing Co. Sterling Pils is a German-style Pilsner brewed with North American ingredients — including Sterling hops from Washington, Premium Pilsner malt from Montana and Idaho, and some of the best brewing water in the world from the Pacific Northwest.

Tasting Notes: In tribute to the Northern German Pils, we used North American hops and malt in this beer to bring both worlds together in harmony. A grassy, straw, and earthy noble-like hop aroma is balanced with a clean toasted malt profile with hints of honey. This lager is conditioned for a smooth taste throughout, with a crisp and refreshing finish. Sterling Pils pours straw-colored with tight head retention for maximum aromatic expression. With the balance and drinkability found in traditional German brewing, we are proud to offer Sterling Pils in our Prismatic Lager Series.

Food Pairings: Spicy Thai or Mexican foods, light fish like salmon or tuna, asparagus, salads

Beer Geek Specifications

Sterling Pils Stats  
ABV: 5.1 
IBU: 30     
Starting Gravity: 1048
Malt: Rahr Premium Pilsner
Hops: Sterling

Look for 12 ounce bottles of Ninkasi Sterling Pils throughout the Idaho, Oregon, Washingont, and British Columbia; wherever you see other Ninkasi beers. As always if you don’t see it where you are ask the grocer to buy some!


About Ninkasi Brewing Company

Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to a 50-barrel brewing system located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship Series beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and are sold throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, California, Montana, and British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit

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