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The sandstone cellars of Plzeňský Prazdroj—better known to us as Pilsner Urquell—may be the ideal place to wallow in the history of the world’s most popular beer style with brewmaster emeritus Václav Berka. As the brewery’s 13th brewmaster in a line that stretches back to Josef Groll, there are few people better qualified to recount the story of pilsner, discuss the details of how it’s brewed at its birthplace in Plzeň, and offer suggestions on how to brew an excellent and addictive one in your own brewery.
Among other topics, Berka discusses:
- Pilsner Urquell’s pivotal role in the history of modern beer
- the elements of Pilsner Urquell, from malting their own barley and the city’s famously soft water to generous hopping with Saaz and the house lager yeast
- how control over the malting is directly related to the brewery’s traditional triple-decoction mash
- about the Pilsner Urquell that is still fermented and matured on oak, to compare to the large-scale commercial batches (and to share on the popular tours)
- the overarching importance of drinkability to pilsner and to Czech beer, and thoughts on purusing excellence in lager brewing
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