The craft beer movement in Britain is now growing at such a pace that it’s becoming difficult to keep track; that’s one reason why I’m enjoying exploring the brews that Beer52 ship me.
Sadly I don’t have a local brewmonger and very few beers make it to the shelves of the supermarket chains.
A case in point is the Fourpure brewery, founded in 2013 by two brothers, Daniel and Thomas Lowe. The inspiration for the brewery name being the four key ingredients of beer – grain, yeast, hops, water.
Interestingly, Fourpure were one of the first UK craft breweries to can their brews, in early 2014. They claim to have been the first, but I reviewed Brewdog’s Punk IPA here at The Brewclub back in 2011.
Anyway, a can of Fourpure’s Pils was included in my Beer52 case.
The brewery claim “Our reimagining of a classic German Pilsner. Generous hopping with Mittelfruh and Saaz gives this beer a delightful floral and spicy aroma. The finish is dry, crisp, and refreshing. Inspired by our cycling adventures through Germany and the Czech Republic.”
I confess that I’ve driven through Germany and the Czech Republic, through Pilsen and the surrounding Saaz hop fields, but never cycled.
Let’s see how it shapes up.
Well, it pours well enough, a pale golden colour with a crisp white head.
There’s not too much nose, some hints of grass but not the Saaz hops I was hoping for.
It’s medium bodied, crisp, some biscuit in the background, a full bed of hops followed by a final, dry bite. It’s not a ‘hop bomb’ by any account, but pleasant, crisp and refreshing, which is what you’d hope a Pilsner to be.
There were times in the eighties and nineties when every supermarket had its own bland generic lager which it branded ‘Pils’ – usually with a pseudo German name. This is one of the new generation ‘craft’ pilsners that are are reclaiming the name and standing proud and hoppy.