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With a Kiss of Oak, American Brewers Turn Back the Clock on Lager

27 days ago   |   By Vine Pair

Today's lager breweries are often places of stainless steel, tight environmental controls, and automated brewing systems. But at Pilsner Urquell in the Czech Republic, it's still possible to taste a pale lager that's been made the same way for 178 years: Open fermented, conditioned in oak barrels, and served without filtering. The iconic Plzeň brewery refers to the practice as “parallel brewing,” as it's made alongside the huge production runs of Pilsner that see wide distribution. The practice represents a tiny fraction of the company's total output - a fraction with the appealing air of...
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