The featured beer painting for the day is of Žatec Bright Lager Beer from the Czech Republic. This is a perfect after-work beer. If I could afford to buy cases of it, I would. In 2011, my wife and I bicycle-toured around Europe, and at one point we decided to change course and head towards the Czech Republic, because we wanted to drink Czech beer. Unfortunately, lodging was more difficult to find than on the Baltic coast, and so were English-speaking locals, so we returned to the coast and biked across Poland into Germany instead. During the whole trip we kept stumbling upon amazing beers and cheeses, and wished we could put cases of beer and rounds of cheese on pallets and ship them home. Well, I can buy this beer here in Anchorage, so I guess I don’t have to regret not biking through the CR. Maybe next trip to Europe I will go to Montenegro, and then to the Czech Republic in order to sample Pilsners and Lagers in their original hometowns. I know beer tastes better closer to its place of origin.
This beer tastes like a bohemian pilsner, the real deal straight from Žatec, Czech Republic. Žatec is a type of hops that we Americans might normally call Saaz, and is the variety that makes the best Pilsners ever. Germans even grow the same variety for their Pilsners, but the idea for this crisp, clean, golden, bottom-fermenting, slightly bitter beer, stemmed from the Czech Republic in 1842. Hence, German Alt Style Bier is the beer before Pilsner. Pilsner was invented in Plzen, or Pilsen, Czech Republic, hence the name. Žatec says this is a Bright Lager Beer, not a Pilsner, probably because it was brewed in Žatec, not Plzen.
Na Zdravi! To your health, Žatec! We have good pilsners, and lagers made right here in Anchorage, but I like to drink the real deal from the other corner of the world!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.