The Origin of Pilsner
Pilsner, also known as known as "Pilsener" or "Pils", was first produced in the Czech city Pilsen by a Bavarian brewer, Josef Groll, in 1842. He was invited to the city after a shocking event took place in 1938: in a radical protest against bad-tasting beer, the town's brew masters rolled 36 barrels of ale into the main square and spilt their entire contents into the gutter.
Ales at that time were prone to bacteria contamination that made the beer undrinkable and even the masters with 800 years of experience in brewing could not always avoid it. Fortunately, Josef Groll accepted their invitation and taught Bohemians the German brewing method. He used partially malted barley, adding an ample amount of fine fragrant Saaz hops and locally available soft water. On 5th October 1842, the first Pilsner was born: clear, light and refreshing.
Since that time, Pilsner has become synonymous with pale lager, consisting of bright malt, good quality water and a generous portion of hops for the right level of bitterness. The Pilsner brewing method results in a clear, visually pleasing golden liquid, topped with a thick white froth. Drinking it from a glass ensures the taste is maximised. This is probably why Pilsner’s growing popularity went hand-in-hand with the discovery, production and common use of beer glassware.
This style of beer has gone on to conquer the market. Today it is produced in most continents as a simple, broad appealing drink that is relatively low-cost when bought from huge commercial brewing companies, such as the original Pilsner Urquell, Budweiser Budvar, Beck’s, Grolsch, Heineken, Stella Artois and many, many more.