Announcing “The Pilsner,” Anderson Valley Goes Lager’ing

Anderson Valley Brewing Company (AVBC), the pioneering Northern California craft brewery known for making standout ales, has announced its first nationwide release of a lager, modestly dubbed The Pilsner. The Pilsner is already available nationwide in draft and 6 and 12 pack cans are shipping out of Anderson Valley in August. 

After judging at the Great American Beer Festival, Brewmaster Fal Allen was inspired to brew a classic German Pilsner, a beer style AVBC had yet to fully explore. The pilot batch was originally available only on draft in the Boonville Tap Room (it didn’t last very long). Additional batches were released as a draft-only offering butThe Pilsner became so popular that AVBC made the decision to release the beer in cans and make it available nationwide. 

AVBC’s The Pilsner (5.2% ABV) – After fermentation, AVBC put a full, and almost unheard-of, sixty days of lagering into each batch and it shows. The Pilsner is soft, crisp, clean, and delicious, and while extremely drinkable, it is also flavorful and complex.

“The Pilsner pilot batch was one of the most beautiful, delicious beers I have tasted in a long time,” said AVBC President Kevin McGee. “When Fal came up with the idea to brew a German Pilsner, my initial reaction was why do we want to do a Pilsner? They’re temperamental and difficult to brew really well, take a lot of time, and tie up a lot of equipment. But then I tasted the first batch the team made and the ‘why’ became really clear – it really was a transcendental beer. On draft it repeatedly sold out as fast as we could make it. We quickly knew we needed to get The Pilsner into cans and make it available nationwide.”

Anderson Valley Brewing Company’s The Pilsner is sold in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and is available in package and on draft nationally through select retailers.

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