In the world of craft beers, with new and exotic brews being brewed each week, it’s easy to overlook ‘the classics’ and here at The Brew Club we endeavour to balance the new with the old.
One brew that can be classed undeniably as ‘a classic’ is Pilsner Urquell, first brewed by Josep Grolle in the town of Pilsen, in what was then Bohemia, and is now the Czech Republic. Grolle combined pale malts, local Saaz hops, Bavarian style lagering and Pilsen’s spring-water to brew what is universally acknowledged as the first Pilsner style lager.
The first batch of this iconic beer was brewed on October 5th 1842, and celebrations are being held today in the city of Pilsen to commemorate 170 years of brewing the original pilsner (Pilsner Urquell (or PU) in German and Pilsner Prazdroj in Czech). These celebrations will be started by ten, bespoke, 170-litre barrels (360 US pints) filled with the unfiltered Pilsner Urquell being wheeled through Pilsen by horse drawn carriages, ready to be enjoyed in Pilsen Square. And having tasted the unfiltered, unpasteurised ‘PU’ I have to say, I wish I was there!
So, what better excuse do you need?
If you can’t lay your hands on a bottle of ‘PU’ then find the best Pilsner style beer you can find, and drink a toast to the creation of this much maligned, but classic brew.