Welcome to PW's 50-Beer Countdown to Philly Beer Week! Every day from now through the Opening Tap ceremonies on May 31, we'll be getting in the mood by spotlighting a different great craft brew that's been poured by one or more Philly Beer Week participating venues.
Pilsner. Among beer snobs, it’s nothing but a whipping boy, and for good reason: All those fizzy yellow drinks made by the Mega Brewers that beer snobs scorn are pilsners or light lagers (which is kind of redundant, actually, since pilsner IS a light lager). Tasteless, they say! Watery, they say! And that’s mostly true. But Oskar Blues’ Mama’s Little Yella Pils puts the lie to the notion with a crisp, smooth, tasty and stupidly drinkable pilsner that will rock your BBQ in the same way Def Leppard rocked ages. Or something. I’m pretty bad at analogies, but I’m GREAT at drinking beer, and this beer is great to drink. If you want to convert your lousy-beer-loving friends to craft beer, this is a great place start. Even better? If you’re not having it on draft in or around Philly, it’s available in the container nonsnobs prefer: cans! Mama’s Little Yella Pils is sometimes available at The Greeks Next Door and Field House.
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