You’re doing it all wrong. What exactly, you may ask? Everything. OK, not everything, but you’re definitely pouring a pilsner incorrectly. No worries though, Tampa, FL based Coppertail Brewery is going to show you how it’s done.
Back on 2016, Coppertail introduced the Independent Pilsner, a 5.5% alc/vol German-style pilsner, aptly named to highlight Coppertail’s attitude of brewing beer the way they felt like doing it. Pilsners, originally brewed as early as 1295 A.D. in Bohemia (modern day Czech Republic), are known to be light, translucent and, often, lacking a flavor profile. Easy to crush in larger qualities, that is.
Coppertail juked the norm and created the Independent Pilsner by using German Fantasia and TNT hops, giving the beer a more hoppy backbone. Not what one would expect from a pilsner, but certainly welcomed. They achieved what many breweries are trying to accomplish: create a light beer with flavor.
Coppertail did notice one thing that was robbing it of its potential. It was poured in the glass all wrong. Out of habit, we all tilt the glass and pour at an angle to minimize the foam factor. But, according to Coppertail, the Independent Pilsner is all about the foam.
The company is introducing a program at select bars across the state that features the traditional “Slow Pour”method for a perfect Pilsner, and they are working with a bar near you right now (see list below).
Coppertail says that the correct way to pour a pilsner will take a tad longer, but will produce better flavor:
- It’s a 3 step process that starts with a pour straight down the center of the glass, not your typical tilted pour. The beer will foam up to ideally one-third beer, two-thirds foam.
- Allow the foam to settle a bit and pour right down the center again allowing the foam to crest the lip of the glass.
- Finally, top the beer off to create a rocky, white, long lasting head.
So, clear you afternoon, secure a ride home and make multiple attempts at the Slow Pour at the following locations throughout Jax: