The featured beer painting for the day is of Torch Pilsner from Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This is a nice, balanced, craft-brewed pilsner beer from a unique brewery located in a state I have never been to. My friend Charlotte sent me this beer, and I thank her! Here’s hoping I get a chance to head to the South. Well, the Year of Beer project has alerted me to the fact that there are many states I need to visit, besides the few, easy to reach places that almost every Alaskan has been to.
The Torch Pilsner was consumed during a dinner party at my condo in Anchorage. The Cioppino that my wife made from scratch may have made this Czech-style pilsner even more enjoyable. I think a normal IPA (not imperial) would have also paired well with the seafood stew. There is something about the Saaz hops that produces a perfectly bright tasting beer. You know that perfect Pils is the one that is yellow and fizzy with a bitter bite that hits you on the back of the tongue. That is what this one did for me as I was supping on my soup. Bottom-fermented beers taste best when they are cold. The yeast produces this perfect bready quality when it slowly ferments the malt, increasing the Saaz hops flavor and making for a great tasting brew. The Torch Pilsner is aptly named, as it is a bright tasting beer, and I would have totally been impressed if I was a Viking and stumbled upon a cask of this beer. I would have plundered it and then plundered for more. That is how delicious pilsner can be. The Torch is the light in the tunnel of lesser lagers. Please drink finely crafted pilsner, because if you don’t, the macro lagers and super IPAs will take all the shelf space at your beer store.
Cheers to the Torch Pilsner! Lead the way to North Carolina, please. It’s gonna be a dark winter here in Alaska.