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Firestone Walker’s Pivo Hoppy Pils Brewed in Paso Robles, CA
Firestone Walker’s New Pivo Hoppy Pils Aims to Liberate American Pilsner
CA—With its new Pivo Hoppy Pils, Firestone Walker Brewing Company is aiming
to kick the doors down and help liberate the pilsner style in America.
“Lighter beer styles like pilsner have been hijacked by industrial lager
beer in the United States, and it’s time for craft brewers to take it back,”
says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Pivo Hoppy Pils is our contribution to the
Pivo Hoppy Pils is a classically rendered pilsner with a West Coast dry-hopping
twist. Brynildson cites influences from Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic as
instrumental in the development of Pivo Hoppy Pils. Along the way, the brewing
team sought to accentuate the traditional pilsner profile with an extra measure
of hop character that is reflective of the American craft beer revolution.
“A lot of pilsners have the malt element down, as well as the dryness and
drinkability, and even the bitterness—but they lack hop aroma,” Brynildson says.
“We’re trying to elevate that hop aspect, but we don’t want to beat you over the
head with it. I think it makes for a very interesting beer that remains true to
the pilsner style with a lot of drinkability.”
He adds, “Authentic craft pilsners are still relatively rare. With Pivo Hoppy
Pils, we want to do justice to the style and to help the beer drinker rediscover
American pilsner as a serious beer.”
Pivo Hoppy Pils will be released in six-packs starting on May 15 in select
markets. Expanded draft distribution will commence on May 15 as well.
Below are additional brewing details and tasting notes on Pivo Hoppy Pils:
A Brewer’s Beer…
“Pivo Hoppy Pils is a brewer’s beer,” Brynildson says. “At the big beer events,
after all the hoopla is over, it is typical for a few of us brewmasters to meet
afterward at some bar down the street, and we all order pilsner beers to clean
the palate. It’s like a razor that scrapes all the double IPAs off our tongues.”
He adds, “Pilsner is one of the most difficult beers to perfect. It seems so
simple and commonplace in the world. It’s so light, yet it incorporates so much,
which is why any off flavor just comes screaming out. It’s this naked beer that
doesn’t hide anything.”
German Ingredients, International Inspiration
Pivo Hoppy Pils is made with 100 percent German malt, yeast and hops, including
the new German Saphir used for dry hopping.
Brynildson says that Pivo Hoppy Pils blends aspects of the more hop-driven Czech
pilsner style with the bright refined dryness of the German model—along with a
New World aromatic twist courtesy of the dry hopping.
“Oddly enough, the original inspiration for this beer comes from Italy,”
Brynildson says. “It’s a dry-hopped pilsner called Tipo Pils made by Agostino
Arioli at Birrificio Italiano, just over the Swiss Alps from Germany in Northern
Italy. Ever since I first tasted it, I’ve been dreaming about making a
Pivo Hoppy Pils is a bright straw colored lager beer with playful carbonation
topped with beautiful white foam lace. Delicate lightly kilned malt flavors
underscore noble German hop character. Hallertau-grown Magnum hops deliver the
lupulin foundation while generous amounts of Spalter Select hops bring floral
aromatic and spicy herbal notes. As a twist on the traditional Pils, we dry hop
with German Saphir for a touch of bergamot zest and lemongrass. A refreshing,
light-bodied and hop-driven Pils.
The Pivo Glass
At the brewery’s tasting room and restaurants, Pivo Hoppy Pils is presented in a
branded pilsner glass produced by Sahm of Germany. Brewmaster Matt Brynildson
chose Sahm’s slender Sinus model glass to showcase the beer and create the
perfect drinking experience. This glass generates excellent nucleation for
optimal head retention. The glass is being deployed to accounts to maximize
customer enjoyment of the beer, and it is also available online at
Pivo Hoppy Pils Lowdown
ABV: 5.3% IBU: 40 Color: 4SRM
Malts: Weyermann Pils
Hops: German Magnum, Spalter Select, Saphir
Retail: $9.99 six pack.
History of Firestone Walker Brewing Company
It began innocently enough: a couple of brothers-in-law sitting around debating
the subject of good and bad beer. Instead, their search for a decent ale to led
them to brew their own. Given Mr. Firestone’s winemaking bias and Mr. Walker’s
complete lack of fermentation experience, they believed 60-gallon oak barrels
were the appropriate vehicle in which to create their perfect elixir.
OK, so initial attempts were forgettable. But like so many great ideas, out of
that disaster was born a handy invention – the Firestone Union. Based on classic
brewing traditions from Burton-Upon Trent, this bizarre and unlikely system of
linked barrels has the ability to produce rich and complex ales. In 1996 the
accidental duo shelved their endless discussion on better beers and settled for
building a world-class brewery that bore their names on California’s Central
Coast……the debate was now over..
Firestone Walker Brewing Company continues to grow as the palates of Americans
migrate to craft beer. Our brew staff have picked up “Mid Size Brewery of the
Year” at the World Beer Cup an unmatched three times.