Nestled in the heart of Cascadia, the brewery and taproom prides itself in creating flavorful, consistent and innovative beers. In Vancouver, Wa, just north of Portland, and right off I-5, they are conveniently located for your next visit to the Pacific Northwest. The focus has been set on IPAs & Lagers with their tap list generally reflecting that (with occasional off beat seasonals). They are also working on an ever growing barrel collection, housing many mixed culture sour beers. Recently BCB acquired a Koelschip used for some spontaneously fermented beers. Brothers Cascadia Brewing has one goal in mind, “to put beer first” in everything they do and it comes through in the final product. Suds Duds Society is excited to showcase one of their beers for you called The People's Pilsner.
Harkening to the original and legendary pilsners, we wanted to pay homage to one of our favorite styles of beer; Czech Pilsner. The complexity of this beer lies in its simplicity. With nothing to hid behind, every ingredient and technique must be perfect to leave the beer with the aromatic sensations of delightful fresh baked bread and intermingled gentle hop character. Much different than the popular hop forward beers today, the Czech Pilsner showcases the malt not hops leaving the finished beer with a slightly sweet, toasted, biscuity, bready aroma and ﬂavor. The superstar ingredient being Weyermann Floor Malted Bohemian Pilsner Malt.
Instead of using the modern pneumatic malting practices, Pilsner Floor Malt, the germination stage takes place on a floor made of tiles quarried only in the Bavarian village of Solnhofen. This stone is hard and thin helping in excellent thermal dispersion, moisture retention, and wear resistance. The layer of malt is kept to 6 inches thick and raked by hand twice a day to properly oxygenate, dissipate heat, and to keep rootlets from tangling the malt. At the proper germination stage the malt is sent to the kiln to dry at a much slower pace than modern practices almost doubling in duration. Leaving the malt with an rich aromatic flavor superior to modern industrial practices.
The Czech Pilsner style was the first style designed with a lager yeast. Czech, German and American Pilsners all use bottom feeding lager yeast which require a cold prolonged fermentation schedule. The main difference between the three is the Czech Pilsner has a slightly sweeter medium body, smaller hop presence and lower carbonation level. Many brewers and drinkers alike would consider this style to be the most balanced lager style available which is why the Czech Pilsner is the most popular lager style to brew. If you are unable to get your hands on The People's Pilsner other commercial examples are Pilsner Urquell, Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils, Lagunitas Pils, & Pivo Pils. Now go out and explore the Pilsner Style!
If you are ever in the Pacific Northwest do yourself a favor and grab a People's Pilsner at Brothers Cascadia. You can find them on Instagram & Facebook @brothers_cascadia and online at www.brotherscascadiabrewing.com. Don't forget to support small beer one tee at a time! Cheers!