Tag Archives: Pilsner

Head Czech

29 Jan
good to the last drop

good to the last drop

I don’t often put stock in “end of year” or “best of” lists, mainly because I rarely agree with them…especially when it comes to beer.  That’s nothing more than a function of my taste, but occasionally something good can come from them.  A year-in-review post this past December on Beervana mentioned the Hop Valley Czech Your Head Pilsner as a favorite and it kinda stuck with me.  Can’t really say why.  Maybe it’s because I really enjoy a good pilsner.  I didn’t run out to look for it, but when I did see it, I immediately placed it in the basket.  Truth is, I am going to place a few more in there the next time I see it.

I am going to assume most people who read this site have had a good pilsner before.  I am not going to bore you with a appearance/smell/taste thing here.  It was damn good in all those categories…that’s really all that needs to be said about that.  What I really wanted to say was how impressed I was with how “drinkable” it was.  By that, I just mean that it was light without losing anything.  Often, even a pilsner can sit heavy on my stomach.  I am not sure if that is a product of the malt bills in some craft beers, but they do often settle heavy with me.  You can still drink (obviously) but you don’t feel like you’ll have the room for more than two.  With this beer, I felt empowered to drink another right away (but couldn’t, because I only bought one) and could have easily had 3 or 4.  It was probably the best beer I have had out of a bottle since…well, since I started drinking beer.  Again, it’s not doing anything special.  It’s just insanely drinkable.  So this is just me saying that this particular best-of list got it right and if you like pilsners I think you’d be pretty crazy not to try it.

moving sucks

13 Aug
Good, but not as hoppy as they would have you believe

Good, but not as hoppy as they would have you believe

We’re getting our house ready to put on the market.  Those words right there should give you a good idea of my current state of mind.  This is our first house as owners, and something they don’t tell you when you buy your first house is how much it costs you ($ and time) to sell it.  Yeah…I am stressed. Continue reading

Keepin’ it fresh

3 Oct

makes me wish summer were still around…

That Mirror Pond Fresh Hop has just haunted my dreams for the last 5 days, so I have picked up other fresh hop bottles in a lame-ass attempt at banishing the experience from my brain.  Yeah…not going to happen.  However, the Bridgeport Hop Harvest Pilsner was intriguing enough to open tonight with dinner.  At 8% ABV, this beer is labeled as one of their Big Brews.   Continue reading

Oregon summer series: beer #3 and a taste of home

19 Aug

I love Summer

Having just returned from a brief sojourn home, I have had New Mexican food on the brain.  Specifically green chile.  I have always been able to find green chile here in Portland, but it has rarely been good enough to spend any time talking about.  Although the chile tastes right, the heat levels are extremely mild…probably a product of the climate and soils that exist in the NW.  Last year there were Hatch green chiles at our local Fred Meyer, as well as chile roasting services at local Whole Foods, which was pretty awesome to see.  For those who are not in the know, Hatch is as small town, 30 minutes north of Las Cruces, known as the Chile Capital of the World.  The valley between Hatch and Las Cruces is teeming with chile farms, and some of the best chiles grown anywhere come from that area.

I tried the Hatch chiles last year and was left feeling let down, as the chiles just weren’t all that good.  My first thought was that they must send the mild stuff up here to the gringos, and keep all the hot chiles for the locals.  Consequently, I was not actively seeking out green chiles this year, as I assumed they would be similar to those from last summer.  You know what they say about making assumptions, don’t you?  After last night, I can tell you that my local draught regarding chiles may be over.  Continue reading

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