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Monday, May 7th 2012

Churchkey Pilsner Style Beer
(Churchkey Can Company)


Here it is! The much anticipated, and perhaps a little surprising, return of the "flat top" steel beer can, or that is at least what these types of cans have been called ever since they were replaced by pull-tabs and ultimately the current "stay-tabs" - who get their name because they "stay" on the can. Churchkey Can Company has certainly had a good deal of press lately with this, their first release. We've got to admit, there is something pretty cool about holding one of these cans. They're the same size as a 12 oz. aluminum can but a good deal heavier and the act of opening one of them is also a pretty neat experience, having never done it before. Let's see how the beer inside holds up!



From the Churchkey Can Co. can holder:

"Churchkey Pilsner is a handcrafted pilsner style beer made from the highest quality ingredients. The body of the beer comes from the light, grainy pilsner malt taste, accented by a smooth clean bitterness. The Saaz hop taste and aroma featured in the Churchkey Pilsner make for a uniquely complex yet sessionable finish. Protected from both light and oxygen by our flat top steel can, the freshness of the beer is kept intact, just waiting to be enjoyed."

Here we go...

Pour – after succesfully opening my first beer can ever with a churchkey it's time to pour this beer. I've got to say that it was pretty cool to open a can of beer like my grandfather did. The pour is actually a lot smoother than with conventional cans, no glug, glug action, just a steady stream of straw colored liquid filling the glass. A thin, wispy head forms on top. By the time I take a sip the head is totally gone. Carbonation still looks good though.

Aroma – honey, orange marmalade, brown bread, a little grassy along with some grainy/cereal smells.

Taste – sweet at first on the tongue and then a nice sharp bit that dries the mouth a bit while leaving a tangy aftertaste. Lots of malt flavor in this pilsner, a little toasty and bready with some spicy, earthy notes from those Saaz hops. Love the crisp, kick of a finish. 

Overall - solid pilsner. Not an easy brew to make and certainly one that doesn't give the brewer much margin of error. Aside from a missing head after a few minutes of settling, this was a nice brew and a well executed initial offering from Churchkey Can Company. I can't help but think it would be cool to have an IPA of some sort in these cans, perhaps one day we'll see that!

Note - the recipe for Churchkey Pilsner was actually put together by two homebrewers from Portland, Oregon. Also, in case you were wondering, the cans are filled and seamed using a modified Cask Brewing line and each of the steel cans is lined with the same lining as traditional aluminum beer cans. The cans can be recycled the same as aluminum as they're quite similar to the cans that you're vegetables and soup come in. Pretty cool.

Churchkey's six-pack holder come with a free opener

Churchkey Pilsner
Style: German Pilsener
Brewery: Churchkey Can Company
Seattle, Washington  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Pilsner malt
Hops: Saaz
ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 29
Date: May 7th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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