PW's Year of Beer: Troegs Sunshine Pils

By Eric San Juan
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The lowly pilsener has been tainted by years of bland mass market lagers watering down American taste buds. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way. Not when brewers like Troegs, out of Hershey, PA, are making excellent beers like Sunshine Pils. Like Prima Pils, brewed by their colleagues at Victory, Sunshine Pils is proof that this seemingly simple style does not have to taste simple. Light, crisp, and refreshing, yes. But not simple. With lightly fragrant, lemon-tinged hops and a delicately balanced body of crackery malts, this is a beer that goes down easy on a summer day if you’re not paying attention, and also one that rewards attentive drinkers who do pay attention to the craft that went into it. It’s what those pale mass market beers would taste like if their main goal was delivering good flavor. Routinely available throughout the city, this one won’t be hard to find—so go find yourself some.

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