This is our take on the renowned Bohemian-style pale lager that you might find in Bavaria or the Czech Republic. When coming up for the recipe for Pils owner/brewmaster, Rick, brewed 17 batches of this beer to make it perfect. The recipe is based on the traditional and beloved Pilsner Urquell, which is why we have chosen not to filter our beer and why our lagering time is as long as it is--from brewday to when we bottle or keg Pils it is at least eight weeks. Ours Pilsner is a little more golden, rounder, and a little more malt driven than many other versions. The beer possesses strong hop character that is balanced by its rich, round, malty palate. Refreshing and balanced, this beer is a favorite of our winery friends during harvest. (5.2%, 36 IBU, 3.6 SRM)
Pils is currently ranked as the #1 Pilsener on RateBeer.com
Over the last couple of years we have been tweaking the recipe for Schwarz to make it more traditional rather than our interpretation of the style. And we think we're back in real Schwarzbier territory now, especially after reading more about the dark beers of old Eastern Europe. The beer's aroma is malty/espresso, with a hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, malt, chocolate and espresso flavors take center stage. The sweet maltiness just offsets the more bitter/roasty notes, producing a smooth, rich brew. The hops provide balance, but virtually nothing to the aroma. This is the perfect beer to serve with a barbecued steak or tri-tip. It's also excellent with just about any chocolate dessert! ( 4.6%, 30 IBU, 28 SRM)
Schwarz is currently ranked as the #12 Schwarzbier on RateBeer.com
Very few American breweries produce dunkels, so we've taken it upon ourselves to help set things right. This is the beer that made Munich famous. The challenge is getting the color right without using too much black malt, as this beer shouldn't display that character. We use 90% Munich Malt in the grist, along with a small amount of Amber and Caramel Malt and less than 1% Carafa (a German Black Malt). The beer is dark brown/red in color, with both malt and subtle hop aromas. The beer shows strong and complex malt character, with a hint of milk chocolate. The hops take a back seat to the malt, and only keep things in balance. This beer is great with aged cheeses like cheddar and gouda, sauteed mushrooms, or braised meats and sausage. (5.25%, 24 IBU, 16 SRM).
2010 NW Brewing News Readers' Choice Dark Lager
The Dunkel is currently ranked as the #5 Dunkel style beer in the world on Ratebeer.com
*NOTE: USUALLY THE SCHWARZ AND DUNKEL ARE ALTERNATED IN PRODUCTION. SOMETIMES ONE IS AVAILABLE, SOMETIMES BOTH.