Our beer-of-the-week special is now $4 cans of Pilsner Urquell!
Read below for some fun facts about its origins…
The city of Plzeň didn’t set out to start a revolution. The Burgher’s Brewery was set up to save the city from inferior beer. They hired a Bavarian brewer well versed in cold fermented lager. They made pale malts in a new English style kiln. The city just happened to have soft local water and spicy Czech hops happened to grow nearby. The Burgher’s Brewery was state of the art for the time, but it was nothing revolutionary. But their simple, golden beer was an instant success.
Pilsner Urquell can be traced back all the way to 1842 and the Burgher’s Brewery. The brewery, Plzeňský Prazdroj, grew to become the largest in the Czech Republic. And the beer remains basically the same, soft water, lightly toasted malt, and spicy hops.
I was surprised by how drinkable the beer is, despite being owned by a dreaded multi-national conglomerate. Pilsner Urquell is soft on the tongue, but full. The flavor is light with a distinct buttery diacetyl tang — apparently not a bad thing in this case — and the hoppy finish is extra bitter. Pilsner Urquell has an intensity you don’t see often in the style — outside the States that is.