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Beer, Cider, & Sake

Bernard Pilsener

Jim Leff | Apr 8, 201106:16 PM     24

I met the brewmaster for a new Czech Pilsener that's about to enter the market. It's called Bernard, and it sounds good on paper. Brown glass bottles, thank god, and the brewmaster says they cut no corners and opt for totally traditional methods (unlike Urquell, Budveiser, et al). The brewery was founded in 1597.

And, most interesting of all, it's bottle conditioned! It seems a bizarre method for a Pilsener, which, after all, is all about clarity and a flinty clean palate. But I'm willing to keep an open mind. Strangely, while the brewmaster described it as a Pilsener, as does their brochure (see image, below), the term doesn't seem to appear on the bottle.

Anyone tried it yet? Dorsch...?

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