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In the Foothills between Nurnberg and Prague sits a small city, nestled among the patchwork of forests and Farms. Pilzen is the namesake of that beloved light, crisp, often peppery lager we know as Pilsner. In the shadow of Mt. Hood, alsong the picturesque Columbia River Gorge sits another town that is perhaps less known than the bold flavors it produces: Hood River, home of Full Sail Brewing Company.
The heart of Full Sail Brewing began to beat in 1987 when the then named Hood River Brewing took over an abandoned cannery. Powered by the hard work of a brew-force with massive palates, the founders toiled to produce beer as bold and colorful as the sails of the windsurfers that dot the river. Many a lingering glance over the dance of these sails spawned the name Full Sail, and the legend continues to grow. Full Sail Brewing believes that great brew and sustainability go hand in hand, and they’ve never stopped innovating.
Full Sail originally brewed Cascade Pilsner as a special release to celebrate their 26th anniversary and the efforts of Northwest hop growers. It soon became their fastest growing draft beer and bestselling 22oz. bottle. But Cascade sits squarely in the middle of the pilsner spectrum. As time goes on, the weary brewer longs to see what lies at either end of the style. Now, you can sample for yourself with the original Pilsner’s brothers: the brash Capsize Imperial Pilsner and the easygoing Session. Read on to discover which of this trio is right for your mood:
Big and bold for a pilsner, this is fiery in the mouth, biting heavy over a sweet clean malt. 7% doesn’t seem impressive until you remember that pilsner rarely clocks above 5.5. This one goes full throttle with a double dose of Cascade hops, which you can smell as soon as you lift your glass. It washes out crisp and dares you to tip your glass all the way over.
Available June through October in 22 oz. bottles and draft.
Available in short 11oz bottle 12 packs and draft.
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