Beer: ‘Italian’ pilsners
“A whole new style of pilsner” is sweeping the craft-brewing world, said Justin Kennedy in the online magazine Punch. Some 20 years after Italian brewer Agostino Arioli broke with German tradition by adding dry hops to a run-of-the-mill pilsner, his oddball creation, Tipopils, has sparked a wave of U.S. imitators. And no wonder: “Italian-style” pilsners add a bold hops note to an already highly drinkable style.
Birrificio Italiano Tipopils Tipopils itself is “a magnificent example of how nuanced and complex pilsner can be.” It’s “spritzy and bright with a resiny punch.”
Firestone Walker Pivo Pils The German hops in this direct homage to Tipopils add aromas of lemongrass and citrus zest.
Green Cheek Local Import Another Tipopils imitator from Southern California, this “soft and pillowy” pilsner smells of sage and fresh-cut grass.
Courtesy of Maison Yaki, Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott/The New York Time/Redux ■