Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sterling Job!

Two of my favourite things right now involve the world 'sterling'.

First up is Raheem Sterling, who plays for Liverpool, and has had an outstanding season terrorising many a defence in the Premier League. The other is called 'Of. By. For.', the latest beer from Three Notch'd Brewing.

'Of. By. For.' is one of those beers that I always insist on trying, but always dread, an American made pilsner. If you've followed my witterings for any reasonable amount of time, you will know that I go on ad nauseum about my love of pilsner, and how it is so difficult to find well made representations of the style on this side of the Pond. Thus it was that I lurched up to the brewery on Friday after work, a man on a mission...

To perfectly honest I don't remember much about those first pints, they slipped down so easily, and I was in something of a dash to get home. On Saturday afternoon Mrs V and I were in town, running errands, when she commented that she 'fancied a drink'...well, we were in the neighbourhood anyway, and the football was on, oh and Derek was there, so a couple of hours, and 6 pints, later I knew I had fallen in zythophilic love with Dave's latest offering.

As you can see from the picture, it pours the perfect wan golden that is expected of such a beer in the Czech Republic, with a slight haze, and a voluminous pure white head, oh I was transported back to the beer halls of Prague, Plzeň, and Brno. The aroma was laden with lemon blossom, freshly mown grass, and that cracker graininess that pilsner malt delivers. Given that Sterling has a healthy stock of Saaz its heritage it was very much in the ballpark I was expecting. But what about the important bit, the drinking itself, it was lovely. Dry without being thin, zingy without being overly bitter, and packed, I say packed, with hop flavour. If there is one criticism, it is that at 5.6% it is a touch boozy, but it is incredibly moreish so you can happily banish that particular thought.

I see many pints of this wonder in my future....many pints, and not infrequent litres.


  1. I will have to get to C'Hville and try this! I will be in Prague this July and hope to meet Pivni Filosof! Naz Dravi!-GeauxT

  2. Do you have any other American made Pilsner recommendations for like minded fans of the style if they can't get this one?

  3. Doug:

    Port City Downright Pilsner
    Bohemian Brewing Pilsener
    Trader Joe's Josephbrau PLZNR
    Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner
    Devils Backbone Trukker Pils (and Trukker Ur-Pils)
    Victory Braumeister Pils (any hop variety, but Saaz and Tettnang are the best)
    Blue Mountain UberPils (bit strong but lovely anyway)
    Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils (draft only, cans not as good)

    Ones I wouldn't bother with:

    Lagunitas Pils
    Sam Adams Noble Pils


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