Southampton – New Summer Seasonal from Southampton Publick House
Brewmaster Phil Markowski says, “Pils (pilsner) has been emerging as an interesting and sought-after style in the craft world. After decades of focusing mostly on ales, craft brewers have increasingly turned their attention to brewing unique lager beers. Pilsners are lagers that have a light golden color, clean malt profile and a pronounced hop character resulting from generous use of continental European hop varieties.”
Southampton Keller Pils is a special Pils that is brewed with a single hop variety, rather than a blend, in order to showcase the special aromatic and flavor qualities of that particular hop.
Markowski explains, “Each year we make the Pils with a different hop variety to create a unique and more interesting interpretation. The hop variety we are using for this year’s Southampton Keller Pils is Hallertauer Tradition, a particularly refined hop that combines delicate aromatic characteristics with a moderately assertive character. It grows in the Hallertau region of Germany which is known to produce the finest hops in Germany and, some say, the world. The aromatics are herbal and spicy with a slight mineral component.”
So what is a keller beer? According to Markowski, “keller beer is literally ‘cellar beer.’ Visit an Old World lager brewery and the brewmaster will insist that you enjoy a ‘keller’ beer direct from the aging tank. To a brewer this is beer at its purest: unfiltered, nuanced and gently carbonated. Southampton Keller Pils is just such a brew.”
SPH Keller Pils will be available on draft and in 12 oz bottles. Suggested retail price will be $8.99 for a six-pack.
Flavor Description: Fresh hop aroma and a bracing bitterness are balanced by a clean malt profile. A dusting of yeast and traditional lagering create a crisp, smooth flavor profile.
Bitterness …………………….. 35 IBUs
Alcohol Content …………….. 5.0% Alcohol by Volume
Grains ………………………….. Imported German Malts
Hops …………………………….. Hallertauer Tradition (pronounced “Hal-er-tower”)
Food Pairings ……………….. Great as an aperitif or with seafood,
meats and spicy foods
About Phil Markowski
Phil Markowski began his professional brewing career in 1989 with the New England Brewing Company of Norwalk, Connecticut. He has been brewmaster at the Southampton Publick House since its inception in 1996.
Phil’s recipes have earned numerous awards in national and international competitions. To date, Phil’s brews have earned 22 (11 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze) Medals at the GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL in Denver.
Phil was awarded the Institute For Brewing Studies Russell Scherer Award For Innovation In Craft Brewing at the 2003 Craft Brewer’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. This award honors a single American Craft Brewer who is selected by the Institute’s board members, as having showed innovation and quality in brewing as well as making significant contributions to the Craft Brewing Industry.
Phil is also a brewing consultant and writer; he has published technical and travel-related articles in American Brewer, Brewing Techniques, The New Brewer and Zymurgy magazines. He is the author of Farmhouse Ales, published in 2004 by Brewers Publications of Boulder, Colorado.
The Southampton Publick House
The Southampton Publick House brews have earned solid regional, national and international recognition for their high quality and uniqueness. The brewery produces an eclectic range of traditional British, German, American, and Belgian styles. Since 1998, SPH has been recognized for its brewing excellence at The Great American Beer Festival, Real Ale Festival, and the World Beer Cup. Southampton brews have earned eleven gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals. Southampton Imperial Baltic Porter was recognized in Men’s Journal as one of “The 25 Best American Specialty Beers.” Southampton Double White has recently received numerous accolades including: voted #2 in Best Belgian White Beers worldwide by ratebeer.com, voted #1 Witbier (white beer) worldwide by beeradvocate.com, and voted #1 beer for 2005 by Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. The reputation of the brewery continues to grow with at least 26 different styles of beer produced each year.