Drinking beer in Florida gets kinda tricky sometimes. You just don’t want anything heavy and big, especially when it’s 100 degrees with humidity to match. My only problem with some of the lighter beers is that they’re either bland and flavorless, or incredibly hoppy.
For me, most pilsners are like that. Light straw in color, hoppy in flavor, low in interest for me. But, I am a big fan of Cigar City Brewing, and I saw there was a pre-prohibition pilsner of theirs, Patio Pils, in the marketplace. I am a gigantic fan of their Patio Tools (a big, flavorful Irish porter), and I was interested in doing an article of what I termed (in my mind) their ”Patio Series.”
So I picked up a bottle. And had it. While on my patio. During a cookout, of course.
As far as I can tell, the term “pre-prohibition” refers to the tendency for brewers to use only malted barley in their beer. Most modern breweries use up to 50% corn or rice in their beers (think Budweiser. Then forget about Budweisser). Brewers will say that rice and/or corn adjuncts give the beer a greater clarity and crisp taste. What it really does is water down the beer. They give no flavor whatsoever.
Back to Patio Pils. Since it’s a pre-prohibition style beer, it has none of that yucky rice or corn inside. What you get is a light, crisp, refreshing beer, but it’s still got a big load of flavor and drinkability.
It’s a seasonal release, which is a shame. It also has pretty cool label artwork, that I wouldn’t be against getting for my man cave.
If you can find a bottle, grab it. Then head to your patio. It works well there.
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