If you’re a Melbourne brewery founded by two Czech expats then the choice of beer to mark your first birthday should be a pretty straightforward one: take the world-conquering style which originated in your homeland and make it bigger and bolder. So that's what Foreigner Brewing Co did, by brewing an imperial pilsner to celebrate the occasion.
Featuring the traditional Saaz hop and somewhat less traditional Ella, before being dry hopped with New Zealand’s Motueka, it’s a beer that to blends a classic style with a more modern approach to brewing. Indeed, most of the imperial pilsner’s character seems to come from the Motueka – flavours and aromas of tropical fruit which lean towards lychee and a hint of bubblegum. There's a soft, Saaz-derived spiciness there, acting as a reminder that it’s still a traditional pils at heart.
Much like Foreigner’s classic pilsner, this imperial take finishes clean and slightly dry, the result being a 6.4 percent ABV beer which is plenty moreish. There is a downside to that, however, as the beer was launched for their four-day birthday festivities so you'll want to get in quick before it's gone.
- Imperial Pilsner
Foreigner Brewing Co