“The industry has abused an otherwise good beer type for many years. Now consumers want the good old pilsner back.”
Kevin Davey, Master Brewer, Gold Dot Beer, Oregon, USA
THE NAKED BEER is a book about pilsner – the most popular type of beer in the world.
While other beer types have come and gone, pilsner has remained a steadfast choice for nearly two centuries. After decades of over-commercialisation, this may be pilsner’s moment, as it undergoes a resurgence among craft beer brewers eager to embrace the challenge of crafting a beer that tests their technique to the full without relying on gimmicks. This book aims to illustrate that pilsner, in all its diversity and quality, deserves a central role in the ongoing beer revolution; indeed, as beer guru Jeff Alworth argues, pilsner is already the “secret weapon” in that revolution.
THE NAKED BEER features:
• Reports from breweries in the USA, Germany and the Czech Republic
• Interviews with the best pilsner brewers in the world
• Chapters covering the history, culture and science of pilsner
• A deep dive into the aroma and taste of pilsner, with a new and improved tasting scheme
• Reviews of 72 pilsner brands
• 10 pilsner recipes to try at home!
Written by beer expert Christian Andersen and Master Brewer Jens Eiken, THE NAKED BEER is set to become the go-to book for anyone interested in this most poised and subtle of beers.
Born in an improbable blend of local culture, foreign espionage, and brewing ingenuity, Pilsner emerged as the ‘killer app’ of beers in 1842. As it raced across Europe and then the world, Pilsner swept aside centuries-old beer styles and established itself as king. Since then it’s been perfected and ruined, celebrated and scorned, industrialised and crafted. Here, discover the story of – and as even many craft brewers will say – the greatest beer style in the world.
Master Brewer and Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer
– The Brooklyn Brewery
Pilsner is back where it belongs – in the heart of the beer revolution. Finally, the consumers and the craft brewers appreciate this sleeping giant of a beer style. Only good brewers can, and must, brew a perfect pilsner. (Our dry hopped pilsner ‘Lost Lager’ is an excellent example of this development, and the consumers love it!) The Naked Beer is a thorough book about this beer style, which is full of flavour and potential!