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Beer of the Week: Five for Fiesta


 

 

Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.

 

 

 

 

Let’s face it, Fiesta is not just a party for one day. It’s a party that tests endurance as well as wallet, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, here are five beers that won’t tax your wallet. They also taste great without taxing your attention too much. Plus, some of them are light enough to enjoy if the temperatures get hot, which they have been known to do this time of year.

As always, remember to drink responsibly, during Fiesta and any time. Have a designated driver or call a cab if you’ve had to much, whether it’s at a friend’s house or NIOSA.

Red Stripe — This Jamaican beer adds life to the party. It’s a great sipper and it’s perfect with street food, such as overstuffed gorditas sizzling hot out of the fryer.

Real Ale Firemens #4 Blonde Ale — This local favorite would work with pretty much any dish you might set out. Or you could just enjoy a few by themselves. Your mouth will enjoy the treat.

Harp Lager — Good ol’ fried food, whether it’s chicken on a stick like they serve at the Oyster Bake, fried mushrooms or calf fries, goes down much easier with a clean, cold brew. Simple yet full of flavor, Harp fills the bill.

Pilsner Urquell — Add a little Czech touch with this brew from the town where pilsners originated. One sip will make you want to enjoy many more.

Dogfish 60 Minute IPA — Grilling up some sizzling anticuchos at your home to share with friends? Or a ceviche with plenty of serrano to give it an extra kick? Then reach for this hoppy treat, with a pleasant bitterness that stands up to the heat.

 

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Beer of the Week: Pilsner Urquell


Pilsner Urquell

I remember visiting the town of Pilsen, or Plzen, in the Czech Republic about 20 years ago. My sister and brother-in-law had taken me to Prague and we drove through on our way back to their home in Germany. There wasn’t time to tour the beer museum there, but there was time to have a cool, refreshing stein of Pilsner Urquell.

This is the beer that is the standard of all pilsners, and it’s a beauty.

Pour it into a tall, thin glass and enjoy the luscious yellow color that suggests straw in the summer. The head builds but settles so quickly it’s fairly negligible.

The nose is filled with yeast with some grassy, floral hops underneath.

Your first sip is filled with malt and yeast. It’s only on a second sip that you get a hint of sweetness —lemon and honey, maybe — as well as bitter hops and a touch of straw to match the color. The finish is clean and slightly bitter, drawing you back for more.

It’s not terribly complicated. It’s more about pure liquid refreshment. And in that, Pilsner Urquell delivers.

It also goods great with food. At the Lion and Rose, think fried for some fun match-ups. Try Chips and Petals (fried potato coins and onions), Limerick Fries (fried green beans) or Bloke’s Mushrooms. The Fish, Feather and Shell (fried fish, chicken strip and shrimp) would work just fine, but so would a pairing with a salad or even Parmesan-crusted Tilapia. Just forget about the dessert; it’s a little too bitter for sweets.

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