Sometimes it is the unexpected twists and turns that make life interesting. Start with horrible Friday traffic on I-95. As my wife and I were heading to DC to meet up with the rest of the VBR staff, we decided to take 301 instead. Feeling hungry after a few hours on the road, we pulled off into Fredericksburg to grab a bite and on our way back to our car, we stumbled upon a brewery we had not heard of. My wife, at the time, thought that I had planned it all out, but I was just as astounded as she was. It was one of the cooler discoveries we had, and they had some amazing beer that there was no way we could take a look at one of their finer products.
3-4-5 Pilsner, Spencer Devon Brewing (Fredericksburg, VA)
Czech Pilsner, ABV: 4.8%, IBU: 34
Presentation: Tap pour into tasting glass. This was part of a flight, but this was the first one.
Appearance: Pale yellow to gold, very light white head that does not sit long and laces the edges.
Aroma: Very faint bread notes with a touch of hops.
Taste: Super clean. Middle breaks open the bready flavor with little hops. Ends nice, little spicy (notably from Czech hops).
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: Low to medium-low body, ABV and IBU feel none existent, just the way it should be. Bready/straw feel at the end, resets slightly malty, but only briefly.
Overall: Full disclosure: I enjoy pilsners. I don’t know what it is but it is just a style that can go with nearly anything at any time of the year with very few exceptions. Now I understand why more breweries don’t have them in their lineup, cause very few will grab tap space next to the macros, but done right, it can hit well. The cleanliness, flavor, and balance was solid and one that would be worth going back to Fredericksburg again to have.