This recipe is based on a South Shore recipe called Immigrant Pilsner. It was our attempt to produce an authentic American Lager Beer. The original beer was brewed 10/28/98 (any Queeb relatives out there?) and turned out way bigger than we anticipated. So with that said…we even beefed up that recipe to make this beer.
Around the 1840′s-1860′s when the German immigrants came, to what would later become Wisconsin, they brought with them the expertise to make their beloved pilsner style beer. However, the prized ingredients were very scarce. They found that corn, in limited quantities, was a very adequate substitute. At that time it was a very expensive ingredient as well. Our recipe is developed from recipes from that era. Many famous breweries started during this time and we hope to bring you some of what might have been served. Although it’s pale in color, like our honey, the two are distinctively different. Deceptively bold and full bodied its sweetness is finished rather quickly by the quenching hop bitterness.
Our recipe uses 23% corn in the grist, and the remaining majority, six-row brewer’s malt. We have used endemic North American Cluster hops in many, but in sincere honesty, not all batches. You think you have it rough, well relax with some of what cured the Wisconsin pioneers.