Beer Name: Porch Views
Brewery: Parleaux Beer Lab
Style: American Pilsner
Description: American Style Pilsner with Sugar Creek Pilsner malt and US Wuerttemberg hops.
Brewer’s Comments – Eric Jensen
We really enjoy brewing lagers at Parleaux. Over the course of the last 3.5 years we have particularly focused on European influenced lager brewing, especially pilsners. So when we sat down and decided make an American pilsner we really wanted to take that Euro influence and apply it to a recipe design with this beer.
Basically, that meant we really wanted to highlight American grown pilsner malt and American grown noble hops to produce a super clean, crisp, and balanced Pilsner. It also meant we decided not use any adjuncts popular in American lagers, namely rice or corn.
Our grain bill is very simple, just pilsner malt with a touch dextrin malt (carapils) for body and head retention. We create a soft(ish) water profile, mash low (145-148), and boil vigorously for at least 90 min. We hop to between 35-45 ibu’s with a decent amount of late addition hops. We knock out to 46, pitch our lager yeast, and will ferment at 46-47 and let free rise to the low to mid 60’s for a diacetyl rest the last 7-10 sg points. We never pitch lager yeast warm since most of the esters we are not looking for are formed in the first 24 hrs. of fermentation. Then we turn the tanks temps down to lagering temps and let the beer rest for anywhere between 4-8 weeks minimum before packaging or serving. The waiting is the hardest part!
This is our third iteration of Porch Views. Each version has highlighted a different maltster and hop varietal.
V 1.0 used Rahr Pilsner malt grown in Nebraska and Mt. Hood hops.
V 2.0 used Epiphany Pilsner malt grown in North Carolina and Sonnet hops.
V 3.0 used Sugar Creek Pilsner malt grown in Indiana and US Wuerttemberg hops.
We have an incredible craft malting and hop growers community in the US, and it is exciting for us to highlight their hard work in a pint glass.