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Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner – an Ode to European Beer Culture

July 18, 2012

You may have noticed this summer season that we have a new six pack out on the shelves – Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner!

Harpoon Bohemian Pilsner was first introduced in 2006 as 100 Barrel Series #15.  Dan Kenary brewed the beer as an ode to the beer that he drank and loved while traveling through the Czech Republic, the birthplace of the Pilsner style, on one of the brewery’s European beer trips.

When Harpoon employees hit their fifth anniversary with the brewery, Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle take them on a European brewery trip.  Harpooners have chronicled some of their adventures on this blog – so check them out!

“Rich and I started the annual Harpoon Beer Culture Trip because we wanted our colleagues to experience firsthand the different ways countries celebrate and revere their local beer, as we did when we traveled abroad after college,” said Dan.  “Not only are the trips educational and incredibly fun, but they also inspire some of our favorite beers that we brew, including the Bohemian Pilsner.”

This beer is a lager, which means the beer conditions about six weeks. This is different from the rest of our offerings, since they are primarily ales and condition for a shorter period of time. What does that mean for the flavors of the beer? Well, it results in a very refreshing and crisp beer that still has a lot of complex hop characteristics.

The Bohemian Pilsner is a great example of our philosophy – we brew things that we like to drink! Dan was inspired to brew this beer in 2006 because he had explored some classic styles in their country of origin.  Thank goodness he did, because six years later it’s one of my favorite beers to drink during the summer!

We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do! Want to know where you can find it near you? Check out our new Beer Finder and see where you can grab a pint or a six-pack near you!

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