LaConner PilsnerMay 1, 2001 LaConner, WA
LaConner Brewing Co.
LaConner Brewing Co. is located in the small town of LaConner, WA (pop. 535), located on the Swinomish Channel of Puget Sound. The brewery opened its pub in 1995. This pilsner is a cross between the Bohemian and German style pils, with a stronger hop finish more typical of the American Pacific Northwest.
Original Gravity: 1052
Washington State visitors should travel to La Conner, an artist colony on the picturesque Skagit River, two hours north of Seattle. April is the time to experience vistas of colorful tulips, and to dine at La Conner Brewing Co., one of the finest restaurants in town. Like the countryside, their unfiltered Pilsner is a sensual masterpiece of turbid spun gold, a lasting cloud-like head, and farm fresh aromas. The fruitiness of earthy malt and an herbaceous hop dryness contrast and compliment one another in balance and harmony.
- Charles Finkel
Full-flavored, malt-accented pilsner. As refreshing as a pilsner should be. Well brewed, with typical golden clarity and fine head retention. A bit of haze, but it sure doesnt affect the flavor balance of malt and hop essentials. Nothing extreme or out of the ordinary. A well-brewed, refreshing lager.
- Charlie Papazian
Pale gold color topped by a dense rocky head, the beer has the classic pilsner aroma of corn flour and aromatic, spicy hops. Bitter hops dominate the palate while the finish starts malty but quickly becomes intensely dry and bitter with almost a quinine-like note, though this is less noticeable as the beer warms in the glass. Wonderfully quenching; a good long beer, more in the north German style of pils than the softer, more rounded Czech versions.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.