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Sunday, February 23rd 2014

People's Pilsner
(People's Brewing Company)

Trent is our "Midwest Can Man" and can collector extraordinaire. This pilsner, which comes in a hand-labeled 12-ounce can from an Indiana brewery with relatively limited distribution has some significant meaning to him. We'll let him explain...

People’s Brewing Company is located in Lafayette, Indiana, which is where I spent most of my youth.  It’s where I got caught up in the beer can collecting craze of the mid 70’s, and it’s where I had my first canned beer (a lukewarm Pabst Light shared with a buddy who pilfered it from his dad’s garage stash) at the tender age of my-mom-reads-these-posts-so-I-ain’t-saying. So there’s that, but there’s more.

Lafayette’s commercial brewing history dates back to 1843, and just one - Lafayette Brewery, Inc. – reopened after Prohibition before losing the battle to the big boys like many other small local breweries. In the last few years before their 1953 demise they packaged two beers in cone top cans that could be filled on their family-owned bottling line: Ye Tavern and Kopper Kettle. 

Locally brewed canned beer then vanished from the Lafayette landscape for 60 years, and this beer drinking can fan with deep roots in this river town spent the better part of four decades hoping it would one day return. 

In late 2013 People’s ended the drought and made my very personal wish come true. Can of the year indeed.


From the People's Brewing site:

"This beer is a twist on the Northern German style Pilsner, also known as Dortmunder or Export style Pilsner. These beers made use of hard water, like that of Lafayette, for that reason more malt was used and just enough hops to balance the beer. Rather than change the “locally raised water”, we have added some Caramalt to our Pilsner malt bill to give this beer some malt character. We’ve chosen S hops, which have a slightly spicy character, in a very simple hop schedule. The result is a clean finishing Pilsner beer, unique to the Lafayette area and our wonderful local water.


Here we go...

Pour - Pours a colorful gold and a little cloudy in our glass.  Head is thin but sturdy. 

Aroma - Distinctly spicy hops and pilsner malt.

Taste - The slightly sour (to me) noble hops show up at the start and linger for just a moment before giving way to the light sweetness of the malt.  What seems to be higher carbonation for the style lends itself to a clean, snappy finish and we’re at the bottom of the glass before we know it.

Overall - Emotional attachment aside, People’s Pilsner is a very good representation of the style.  Like many well-crafted pilsners, it’s an excellent choice for the first beer of the day before you go zapping your palate with hoppier fare. 

Note -  The craft can revolution seems to have taken hold in Indiana.  Early canning pioneers like Sun King and Great Crescent have now been joined by Tin Man, Daredevil, Flat 12, Cutter's and People’s. Keep an eye out for more coming later this year. Cheers! 

People's Pilsner
Style: Dortmunder/Export Lager
Brewery: People\'s Brewing Company
Lafayette, Indiana  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: Caramalt and Pilsner malt
Hops: Santium
ABV: 4.5%
IBUs: 42
Date: February 23rd, 2014

Posted by Trent

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Labels: Lagers, Pilsners