Just to recap – Bob and Ellie Tupper are the creators of Tupper’s Hop Pocket – a hoppy pale ale that has recently returned from a 2 year exile. Hop Pocket was contractually brewed through Old Dominion until it’s sale in 2008. St. George’s Brewing Company in Hampton, VA picked up the Tupper’s beers Hop Pocket, and Keller Pils. This edition of Keller is unchanged since it’s rebirth, except for a new yeast being used.
What is a “Keller Pils?” Pils obviously stands for pilsner. Keller is German for “cellar.” In German brewmaster terms, Keller means straight from the aging tank – give the drinker the freshest beer in the brewery. Quite a premium when you are talking about lagers. Tupper’s Keller Pils is dry hopped for 3 weeks after the brew kettle, to the fermented beer producing a bold lager. Keller Pils is also krausened – a technique that German brewers use to carbonate the beer. Some of the live fermenting wort is added to the finished product. Essentially as the yeast is working, it’s producing CO2 that is carbonating the beer. Krausening also cuts down on diacetyls, or agents that can cause an off flavor in beer that makes it taste buttery.
Taste Expectations – Keller Pils is a fresh tasting pilsner with grassy and some herbal tones. The malts have a biscuity flavor. Floral hops are prevalent, with some bitterness. Another great one for summer days…
Hops – Mt. Hood, Whole cone Saaz. Dry Hopped – With both also.
Availability – 12oz/4pks. Draft unspecified.
Fun Facts: Before it’s hiatus, Tupper’s Keller Pils won a few gold and silver medals at competitions ranging from the World Beer Cup to GABF…