|Sent on:||Wednesday, October 8, 2008 9:39 AM|
Beer Buzz: Pilsner Urquell
WHO LIKES IT: Gavin Secchi, brewer for Franconia Brewing Co., one of two microbreweries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
STYLE AND ORIGIN: Pilsner; from Plzen, Czech Republic. "It's the original pilsner," says Mr. Secchi. Although he acknowledges that the Germans are acclaimed for their pilsners, he gives the Urquell brewery credit for setting the standard. "They invented it, and everyone after them has tried to mimic this style of beer." The beer was first brewed in 1842.
THE PITCH: "I first tasted this beer during my brewing training days back in Chicago, and I loved the golden color, the maltiness and the hops bitterness," says Mr. Secchi. "A lot of pilsners have less hoppiness than the Urquell. I also like this beer because I'm a sucker for tradition."
PAIR IT: "I like it with cioppino, a spicy seafood soup with a tomato broth, made with clams, calamari, shrimp and mussels. The bitterness of the beer helps cut down on the spice in the dish."
GET SOME: Widely available in liquor stores and supermarkets. A six-pack of 12-ounce bottles sells for $9.29.