Last week, I visited Arches Brewing in Hapeville, where I met up with brewmaster Jamey Adams, and we sipped through the current draft lineup, which is focused on lagers.
Among the offerings, I enjoyed the year-round flagship, Unseasonal Lager, an American pale lager brewed with Noble hops, and the spring-to-summer seasonal, Mexican Empire, which is a Vienna-style lager commonly brewed in Mexico.
But I was really taken with Bohemian Riot, a crisp tribute to the beers of Pilsen that is this week’s Beer Pick.
Arches Brewing, Hapeville, GA
Available on draft and in growlers at the brewery and select beer bars and growler shops.
This take on Bohemian-style pilsner from Hapeville’s tiny Arches Brewing is a tribute to the people of Pilsen, who one upon a time rioted in the streets to protest the poor quality of the beer being brewed in the city. As the story goes, a city-owned brewery was founded and Czech lagers were born.
Bohemian Riot is pale gold in color, with soft carbonation, and crisp, well-rounded aromas and flavors that balance malty and hoppy notes before a rush of bitterness in the finish. To my palate, it’s not exactly to style. But that may be the point. Either way, it’s a refreshing summer seasonal, available June-September.
Bohemian pilsner makes an easy match for a wide variety of foods, from pub grub and backyard barbecue favorites to Mexican and Asian heat and spice. But this time of year, seafood is a natural pairing, including clams, crabs, shrimp, scallops and lobster.