Origin – United States of America
It may have been Les Grossman who famously said in Tropic Thunder ‘You’re gonna have to call the United Nations and get a binding resolution to keep me from f#@king destroying you’, I’m talking scorched earth….I will massacre you!’ However it was Ken Grossman who first started a mirco-brewery on the scorched earth of a little town called Chico in Northern California, who the United Nations couldn’t stop from launching an American craft beer movement that changed the taste buds of millions, and started an entirely different conversation about beer. And this seasonal beer that is brewed specially to suit a hot Californian (or Australian) summer is certainly worth talking about. The Summerfest lager is essentially a Bohemian style Pilsner with a twist. Like any good Czech Pils, it is clean and crisp with a malt complexity, spicy tones and noticeable bitterness, which is all then amazingly wrapped it all up in a light refreshing package. Upfront you’re hit with some fruitiness and traces of citrus. On the mid-palate it’s grain and bread malts with a little grassy hop character. The backend is bitterness and that surprising hop aftertaste, which is somewhat unusual for a lower range IBU pilsner. That said, if any brewer has the ability to do some hop magic it would be the guy that created the Torpedo. There’s no way a ‘nutless monkey’ could do their job.