Today I am pleased to include a slightly different offering in my regular Beer of the Month Club Reviews… microbrewed beer in CANS! The Bohemian Brewery poses the question on their website, “Why cans?” Their response is, “Golfing, boating, camping, backpacking, hiking, fishing, BBQing, Festivals, Skiing… Any more dumb questions?” So there you have it.
In how many languages can you say the word “beer?” Prior to this latest Beer of the Month Club shipment from The Original Craft Beer Club, I only knew this all-important word in three languages: English, Spanish and Italian.
Now, thanks to the informative can design from Bohemian Brewery in Salt Lake City, Utah, I know at least seven. If I could read Arabic, Chinese and Russian characters, I would be equipped with an additional, impressive three.
When you think about it, beer is really one of the most important words for a traveler to memorize in the native tongue. Unless you’re a teetotaler, you’ll probably want to be able to get pointed in the direction of an establishment serving beer and order a beer once you’re there.
If the Eiffel Tower and all those art museums are making you thirsty, you’ll ask for a Biere. For a tasty foil to your bratwurst, try a Bier in Germany. To cool off in Rome and take a break from all that wine, you’ll want a Birra….or a Birra Moretti for the local standby.
When you’re lounging on the beaches of Portugal or Brazil, you’ll want to know the Portuguese word for a refreshing, carbonated Cerveja. Don’t worry, it’s pretty similar if you’re in a Spanish-speaking country or the southern regions of California and Texas: te quiero una cerveza!
But if you happen to find yourself walking along the historic, cobblestone streets of the Czech Republic where the owners of June’s Original Craft Beer Club featured Bohemian Brewery are from, you’ll want to be on the lookout for a Pivo.
These handcrafted beers are pure, simple, summery delights containing only water, barley and hops. So if you’re a little weary of all the crazy, experimental flavors out there right now, the Czech Pilsener and Viennese Lager are a nice change of pace. Like Oscar Blues Brewing (and some other popular microbreweries), these come only in cans, making them both environmentally friendly and great portable options for picnics and other outdoor events.
I enhanced more than just my language skills this month by learning that pilsener (a lighter version of a lager) actually originates in the Czech Republic. I was lucky enough to visit Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, almost a decade ago. Of course, I was underage and too preoccupied with absinthe to pay much attention to their rich brewing history.
The light, very drinkable Czech Pilsener is actually brewed from Czech yeast. Joe Petras, the late founder of the Bohemian Brewery, regarded it as the purest of beers and the most similar true Bohemian Pilsener that you can lay hands on in America.
The Viennese Lager couples a fine Pils malt with a more darkly roasted malt to create Bohemian Brewery’s most popular brew. It’s definitely sweeter and hoppier than the Pilsener.
These beers made great complements to a dinner of oven-baked flounder, Pepper jack cornbread, roasted red potatoes and steamed broccoli. I even used a bit of the Viennese Lager to create a beer batter for the flounder filets. They are perfect if you want a beer with dinner that won’t leave you stuffed or inebriated by the meal’s end!
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