History of Pilsner

History of Pilsner

The beer style pilsner dates back to 1842. Plzen, Bohemia plays a special role in the history of Pilsner as it was granted the right to brew beer by King Wenceslas in 1295. After brewing for hundreds of years, the town and brewers decided to create a new style of beer and under the brewing mastery of Josef Groll, created a crystal clear lager to be known as a Pilsner, named after the town it originated. Groll started out as a student of famous German Brewers Gabriel Sedlmayr II and Anton Dreyer who revolutionized lager brewing techniques a few years prior by using light coloured malts from Belgium and England.

The German history of pilsner begins near Krombach, Germany, in the middle of the Siegerland countryside. The Krombacher brewery was first documented in 1803, though beer from the region dates back to the 1300’s. It was a family brewery that was well positioned on a main road between cities known for being a welcome stop for thirsty travellers. The industrial revolution brought new railways and massive growth in population to this region, and with that brought this new style of lager called Pilsner. At around 1890, the first brewing trials to produce this style were documented in Krombach. It took a few years before the new type of brewing process was mastered, which saw the use of other hops and a new fermentation process. This resulted in new flavours which quickly found favour and set themselves apart from their bohemian neighbours.

Ideally, Pilsner should be served in tall, skinny yet flared glass. Pilsners have slightly more hop bitterness and malt taste and aroma profiles than Bohemian pilsner. The tall glass helps to maintain carbonation as well as its narrow shape helps to keep the beer cooler at temperatures best enjoyed.

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