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 Beernews.org 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.