Yes I was back down at the Whiskey bar on Wednesday. That may end up being my normal Wednesday hangout location! LOL. We’ll see. I did have another beer there — an original Pilsner … from Pilsen: Pilsner-Urquell … the original Pilsner.
As you might expect, it was exactly to style and it tasted wonderful.
Here’s a little history on this beer from the Pilsen Website:
Beer has been brewed in Pilsen almost since its foundation. The first record related to brewing dates back to as early as 1307. It is the testament of Wolfram Zwinilinger, bequeathing his brewery and malt house to the church of St. Bartholomew.
Later on, beer was brewed only in the houses which were granted the brewing licence by King Wenceslas II. in the 13th century. In the 14th century, this privilege was only given to the houses inside the city gates. Brewing was a free burgher business unrestricted by guild regulations. The license was granted to 260 houses altogether, and therefore their individual manufacturing technologies and varying ingredients caused great differences in the quality of beer.
A milestone which changed the beer history was the year 1838 when 36 hectolitres (i.e. 6 335 U.K. pints / 7 606 U.S. pints) of poor quality beer had to be poured on the ground in front of the city hall.
This unfortunate event brought the beer licence holding burghers to the decision to ensure the everlasting quality of the Pilsen beer by building (by joint effort) a new modern brewery.
The builder Martin Stelzer was entrusted with the building of the brewery, and in carrying that task, he used the rich experience gained during his tours of the breweries abroad. While visiting Bavaria, he met the ingenious but very idiosyncratic brewer Josef Groll. Stelzer made him come back to Bohemia with him and brew beer there using the new method of bottom fermentation.
Groll succeeded in his task excellently and on the 5th October 1842, he brewed the bottom fermented light lager which became the prototype of all lagers. The brewery has commemorated this memorable day by an annual festival called the Pilsner Fest.
The manufacturing of the brand new lager with an unmistakeable taste and quality soon made Pilsen the beer metropolis. The popularity of the “Pilsner”, however caused extensive efforts among the other breweries to imitate it. The easiest way of imitating the Pilsner Urquell was the appropriation of the same name. Beers called pils, pilsner or pilsener appeared but their quality and sensory characteristics spoiled the good reputation of our genuine Pilsner beer. In order to avoid confusion with other products and to make sure that only the beer bearing this name is the oldest and only genuine Pilsner beer, the trade mark “Pilsner Urquell” was created in 1898.
The success of the beer from Pilsen and the prosperity of the brewery were unstoppable and the trademark Pilsner Urquell soon became the synonym of quality all over the world.”