2017 Best Nine // #9 // Pilsner Urquell (again)
We’ve reached the bittersweet end to my 2017 Best Nine Series. (Just joining? Start here.)
Ah, Pilsner Urquell. What’s left to say? I think I’ve said it all in my two (yes, two!) blog posts on the subject. I visited the brewery in Pilsen, Czech Republic in September 2017; 175 years (nearly to the day) since Pilsner Urquell was first brewed.
I find this beer so special because it was the first golden-coloured lager that truly took the world by storm and is the reason why most people envision a fizzy, yellow lager when the word “beer” is mentioned. (Pilsner Urquell itself doesn’t meet that description, but it did give rise to derivative versions of the Pilsner, like the American Lager (ie. Bud, Miller, Coors), this is – it’s fair to say – pretty well described as fizzy, yellow stuff.)
Pilsner Urquell is a beautifully balanced, full-bodied, golden-hued lager, that, when served fresh, unfiltered, and unpasteurized from the conditioning barrels at the brewery is probably one of the best beers you’ll ever taste.
Well, folks, that’s it! Thanks so much for coming along on this walk down memory lane with me. 2017 was quite the year, but I’m certainly looking forward to 2018, too.
This year, my goals are to achieve my Beer Sommelier certification from the UK’s Beer & Cider Academy, to continue to host and speak at more events (both personally and professionally, on behalf of Duvel UK), and to keep sharing stories from my beery travels here in Watson’s Corner.
What are your goals for 2018? I can’t wait to see what we all accomplish!