Friday, October 7, 2011

GABF Silver Medal Winner: Sunshine Pils, Tröegs Brewing Co

Last weekend finished up the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO.  The medal winners are listed by here!  Interestingly, I had one silver medal winner, from the German Pilsner category watching me from my fridge these past few weeks:  Sunshine Pils, from Tröegs Brewing Co., in Harrisburg, PA.  So, I decided I better check out what makes this an award winner!

Style:  Pilsner aka Pilsener (defined as a pale, light lager)

Aroma: Blend of citrus & cleaning products.

Taste:  Subtle lemon & pine tones hit the nose followed by a mild bitterness.  Detected a cottony feel in my mouth as the tasting continued.

Color:  Sunburst yellow

Thickness: Very light body with a beautiful & continual cascade of bubbles.  Small white head lasting the duration of the tasting, leaving lacing along the sides of the pint glass.

ABV:  5.3%;  Overall, an easy drinking beer with mild flavor.  More typical of a summer beer choice for me than a fall brew choice, but depending on where you live & do (think tailgating), this could be a perfect pint.

Mom Factoid:  Ironically, this past Wednesday, October 5th, marked two famous birthdays. First, the husband took the plunge further into his thirties & the other BIG birthday was the 169th celebration of the most well known Pilsner beer:  Pilsner Urquell.  Further irony, this weekend, here in Maine, we are supposed to have temperatures in the 80s, talk about getting a heavy dose of sunshine (but this time the kind with the vitamin D, not the Tröegs Sunshine Pils type from a bottlle)!  However, if the warm temps inspire you to seek out a new beer, to taste this weekend, rally around a light bodied, low ABV & land yourself a Pilsner.
Cheers ;)

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