24 Beers of Christmas – December 11th: Thornbury Pickup Truck Pilsner
Formerly known as King Brewery Pilsner, this award winning beer lives on under the Thornbury name. Inspired by the Czech Pilsner, Thornbury‘s Pickup Truck delivers a smooth mouth feel, nice cereal notes and a nice contrasting bitterness.
Interestingly enough, the term Pilsner is not widely used throughout the Czech Republic, with Pilsner Urquell the only brewery that commonly refers to their beer as a Pilsner. All the while the name Pilsner has become a common label outside of Europe for a style of beers called Czech Premium Pale Lagers. These golden lagers are often devalued due to stereotypes. For instance, more Ontarians have probably tried Labatt Blue, which calls itself a Pilsner, than Pilsner Urquell. There’s a massive difference in quality between those two examples, with one being brewed using adjuncts sugars as substitutes for malts (largely to do with reducing costs) and having nearly no hop character to it at all, and the other being brewed using quality base malts and enough hops to compliment the grain and make things a little bit interesting. One is boring and fights against flavour. The other exemplifies easy-drinking qualities while still giving your taste buds something to think about.
In the case of Pickup Truck Pilsner, there is certainly enough going on to keep your attention while also delivering on refreshment.
Style: Czech Dark Lager – 4.8% ABV, ? IBU
Food pairings: European sausages, Mild cheddar, Strawberry shortcake
Availability: LCBO, The Beer Store