The featured beer painting of the day is of LTD Lager, recipe number 03 from Full Sail Brewing Company in Hood River, Oregon. One of the sad things about drinking beer in the United States is that our macro brews suck. In Germany the beer is boring, but spot on, clean and beautiful pilsner lager. In the Czech Republic the beer has more bite, but is the same yellow fizzy beer as in Germany. A good pilsner hits your palate way back on the end of your tongue, and it is the aftertaste that really notifies you that, “Hey, this beer doesn’t suck!” When was the last time you had a Coors, or a Bud? As it warms up, it tastes like old cereal. When a good pilsner is served right at cellar temperature, it has this golden glow in the flavor and you feel like you truly are drinking a king of beers. That is the sensation I had when I drank the LTD Lager 03. I noticed that this beer has 2-row American malt in it, and Sterling hops, so it’s decidedly American. In order to truly brew a bohemian pils you need Czech pilsner malt, and Saaz hops. The lack of corn, or rice is why this beer is a great one. Good job, Full Sail! I painted kite boarders in the background of this painting, because Hood River is a popular place for kite boarding, and I bet this beer would taste great after a day on the Columbia River.
Cheers to American craft beer, and to quality ingredients!