A lot of people, like myself, categorize the main 3 types of beer by light, dark, and hoppy. Today I am going to be talking about the light side of brewing, including blondes, pilsners and light lagers.
American Blonde Ales, or golden ales, were first brewed in the craft beer world as a offering similar to a mass-produced lager (think Yuengling) but with more sophistication. Blondes get a bad rap for being the “girly” beers, but let me say this- not all blondes are created equal. I have run into some amazing blondes before, like the County Boy Cougar Bait Blonde form Lexington, Ky. With a light yellow, golden hue, the Cougar Bait goes down easy and compliments almost any grain forward meal.
The Hoppy Blonde from New Belgium is off the beaten path of traditional blondes because they focus on adding hops instead of more yeast or malt like a light American lager.
Pilsners, a type of light lager, was first brewed in Pilsen, a city in Bohemia which was then part of the Austrian Empire in 1842. Over the many years, pilsners have endured and changed drastically. The majority of domestic beers you will find (Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, etc.) are pilsners or a light American ale with a focus on yeast and what rather than heavy malts and tons of hops.
The Mama’s Little Yella Pils by Oskar Blues Brewery is an excellent pilsner on the market, with a light, crisp mouthfeel and low ABV, I could swing this one back all day long.
This Czech Style Pilsner is my absolute favorite Pilsner and I will not touch another Budweiser so long as Lagunitas is in my life. They also have a dog as their mascot/label and how could you not love a cute little dog on your beer?
Happy Light Drinking My Craft Beer Friends!