In closing out the decade, we were honored when notable beer writer, Jeff Alworth of Beervana, included one of our beers in his list of “A Dozen Beers that Defined a Decade”.
Ranked 10th is our “brewers’ beer”, a hoppy pilsner called Pivo. Translated literally to mean “beer” in Czech, was first released in 2012 and quickly became one of our most highly regarded beers.
From Beervana: “Pivo Pils, Firestone Walker. A wonderful little counter-trend to hazies and flavored malt beverages was the return of proper, full-flavored lagers. This is a nationwide development that lacks a national standard-bearer, but Pivo Pils may serve as a decent choice. Brewer Matt Brynildson cribbed techniques from Birrificio Italiano’s spectacular Tipopils and Pivo became a big hit before 805 took over. Properly-made lagers have become one of the most welcome trends in craft brewing, and they show no signs of flagging. For adults who actually like the taste of beer, lagers arrived just in time.”
As someone that brews lagers having a brewery that was popular across the nation make a Pilsner and have it become popular definitely helped lager sales.
Pivo is one of our most awarded beers, winning Gold at the Great American Beer Festival three years in a row. The beer helped define a movement for the IPA-fatigued crowd, offering a refreshing, crisp alternative. As one commentor, Lisa, noted on the article, “As someone that brews lagers having a brewery that was popular across the nation make a Pilsner and have it become popular definitely helped lager sales.”